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Introduction to Lumber Grading/Quality – Hardwood University Workshop

April 19 @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

Basic overview of reasons for grading lumber, measurement of boards and NHLA lumber grading rules. Limited practice of grading sample boards. Discuss how log quality affects lumber grade and how head sawyer, resaw, edger and trimmer operators can maximize value potential. This workshop is not a substitute for full-length NHLA training course, but will help you decide whether you would benefit from a full NHLA training course. Click HERE for a sign-up form.


9:30 –   9:45  Registration and Hardwood University Program Introduction

9:45 – 10:30  Introduction to lumber quality

10:30 – 12:00  National Hardwood Lumber Association (NHLA) grading rules overview

12:00 – 12:30  Lunch

12:30 –   2:30  Practice sample board grading

2:30 –    3:00  Effect of log quality, head sawyer, resaw, edger and trimmer operators on lumber grade and how to can maximize value potential

3:00 –    3:30   Can lumber grading be automated?

3:30  Conclusion


Rado Gazo is a professor of wood processing and industrial engineering at Purdue University. His recent work focuses on evaluating tree, log and lumber quality using CT, laser and image scanning research and development. Over past 30 years, Rado has worked with over 150 companies, often in consulting capacity.


April 19
9:30 am - 3:30 pm


Indiana Hardwood Lumbermens Association
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Purdue University Martell Forest
County Rd 100 N
West Lafayette, IN 47906 United States
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