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Lumber Drying Short Course to be Continued at North Carolina State University May 19-22, 2020

The drying of hardwood lumber requires a science based approach to produce a quality product.  This 3-1/2 day short course will teach the student how to dry lumber without degrade.  The course includes both classroom instruction and hands-on lab instruction by Extension personnel and industry personnel.  For more details about the 2020 Dry Kiln Operator’s Short Course:


Wood Waste Processing and Disposal in Wake County, NC

NCSU Wood Products Extension conducted a project to assess wood waste processing and disposal in Wake County, NC. The project helped establish connections to the NCDEQ, Habitat of Humanity Wake County, Waste Industries (GFL) and numerous wood processing businesses. The findings of the assessment were combined with literature research on wood products with potential wood waste content. A database was developed and published on the WPE website that lists numerous products and their requirements for wood waste feedstock. These efforts address the landfilling of up to 4500 tons of wood waste per month in the second most populated county in North Carolina. Successful wood recycling and reuse strategies will convert the current estimated burden of $142,800 of monthly tipping fees into profit for local businesses. The goal is to inspire and encourage the industry and consumers to look for better wood waste utilization practices.


Wood Chemistry Assistance at NC State University

NC State’s Wood Products Extension program has the expertise and equipment to help you with your chemistry-related problems. Using instrumental or classical wet chemistry techniques, we can provide solutions to your challenges in materials testing, chemical impurities, product development, and more. Routine tests that are available include the identification of chemicals or contaminants for quality control and the thermal analysis of wood, thin films, foams, and polymers. For more information and/or a quote, contact Dr. David Tilotta, Professor and Extension Specialist, at (919) 515-5579.


Residential Cross Laminated Timber Research at NC State University

Update on Residential CLT Project Sponsored by Wood Innovations

The premise of this project, which started in August 2018, is to use existing cold-presses to build 4′ x 8′ CLT (Cross Laminated Timber) panels made from southern yellow pine that are suitable for use in the residential market.  If successful, the project will demonstrate the potential of building a low cost facility to make such a product.

We have conducted four mill trials and made about 30 panels. Quality assurance testing is being conducted by one of our collaborative partners, Timber Products Inspection of Conyers, GA.

Many thanks to these partners who have donated materials, equipment time, or expertise:

Donated lumber:

Jordan Lumber, Mt. Gilead, NC

Culp Lumber, New London, NC

Cameron Lumber, Cameron, SC

Donated Adhesive and Expertise:

Henkel Adhesive

Franklin Adhesive

Donated Equipment Time and Expertise:

Columbia Panels, High Point, NC

Columbia Forest Products, Chatham, VA

Specialty Millwork, Lexington, SC

You can read more about this project at:  CLT: The future of residential timber construction.

For more about CLT construction, here is an article from VOX:

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List of 2020 NCSU Wood Products Extension Workshops

The 51st Annual Dry Kiln Operator’s Short Course, Raleigh, NC, May 19 – 22, 2020.  (contact Phil Mitchell:
Registration and more details:

Live Edge Slab Workshop, Princeton, WV, June 4, 2020. Contact Harry Watt for information (704) 880-3067 or

National Firewood Workshop, Lebanon, TN June 10 and 11, 2020. Contact Harry Watt for information (704) 880-3067 or   CLICK HERE for registration and more information.

Science Cafe: Wooden Skyscrapers.  A presentation at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh, NC, June 18, 2020, 7:00 – 8:00 pm.  CLICK HERE for more information.

Regional Meetings for NC State Forest Products Marketing Project. Thirteen meetings are planned across North Carolina in 2020. The project goal is to assess and review the current state of NC’s forest and wood products industry to identify marketing issues and needs, develop solutions and assist the industry to exploit opportunities. Contact Harry Watt for information (704) 880-3067 or

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