LSU AgCenter To Offer Lumber Workshops

News Release Distributed 03/10/04

Three separate lumber-related workshops will be offered on May 6-8 at the LSU AgCenter’s Grant Walker 4-H Educational Center in Pollock.

"These workshops will be offered on three consecutive days, but each one targets a different audience in the lumber industry," said LSU AgCenter forest products specialist Dr. Todd Shupe.

The three workshops focus on solar drying of wood, advanced hardwood lumber drying and sawing, edging and trimming of hardwood, according to Shupe, who is an associate professor in the LSU AgCenter’s School of Renewable Natural Resources.

The first workshop will be held the evening of May 6 and is titled "Solar Drying Wood for Hobbyists." It is targeted toward hobbyists, craftsmen and small secondary manufacturers of wood who are interested in drying small quantities of wood for value-added purposes.

"The solar drying workshop is ideal for small operators and hobbyists who are interested in drying small quantities of wood for secondary wood products and crafts," Shupe said.

The second workshop, titled "Advanced Hardwood Lumber Drying," is scheduled for May 7. "This is a day-long workshop designed to provide information on current technology and advanced training to hardwood kiln operators," said Shupe.

The third workshop, titled "Sawing, Edging and Trimming of Hardwood Lumber," is scheduled for May 8. "This also is a day-long workshop designed to provide traditional and current technology to hardwood sawmill operators," Shupe said.

The speaker for all three workshops is Dr. Gene Wengert, who has been active in the forest products industry for more than 40 years and is well known for his ability to translate the complex into easily understood, practical operating procedures.

"Dr. Wengert is a highly respected lumber drying expert and is in great demand throughout the country," Shupe said.

Wengert has managed a mill in Virginia and has taught practical hardwood sawing, edging and trimming for 15 years. He also was an extension specialist at the University of Wisconsin and Virginia Tech for a combined total of 25 years and served with the U.S. Forest Service for 15 years.

Wengert has written numerous texts and magazine articles and columns – including monthly contributions to Southern Lumberman and to Sawmill and Woodlot Management. And he also is the technical adviser to the Sawing and Drying Discussion Board at

For more information about registration and fees for the workshops, contact Shupe at or (225) 578-6432.


Contact:  Todd Shupe at (225) 578-6432 or
Writer:     Tom Merrill at (225) 578-2263 or

4/22/2005 11:31:03 PM
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