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Grading and measuring timber - RFS one day training course


Date: Thursday 07 May 2020  

Instructor: Gavin Munro


Location:  Whitney Sawmill, Old Station Yard, Hereford HR3 6EZ

About: This is an excellent introduction for anyone interested in learning more about timber quality and grading. The course covers the basics of wood anatomy and the growth of high quality timber trees. Special features, such as ripple grain in sycamore, will be explained, as well as the various defects and types of decay that can influence wood quality. The course therefore provides useful information for anyone who is planning to harvest or who wants to improve the timber quality of their woodland. The course starts with an indoor session and then moves out onto the estate to look at examples of standing trees with various features of note. Example logs will be presented for practical exercises on grading and evaluation. This is a hands-on introduction to the fascinating world of wood and the traditions of timber grading.

Duration: 10.00am to 4.00pm 

Price: £75.00 RFS members / £85.00 non RFS members

Note: Course attendees are advised to bring packed lunches as lunch is not provided.

About the tutor:

Gavin brings 55 years experience in the forestry sector. In the early 1960s he started with Bernwood Forest, north Oxford (FC), and Kennington Nursery, Hazelburgh (at Silverstone), Thetford Forest. He studied forestry from 1965-67 at Gwydr Forestry School (Forestry Commission). He then spent four years at Clocaenog, North Wales; and four years in the FC Training Branch at Machynlleth (Dovey Forest). Gavin joined the private sector in 1976 and worked for Forest Thinnings for eight years. From 1984 he became a full-time hardwood buyer and worked for various firms in England and Scotland. Since 2004 he has provided forestry training for various organisations and timber valuation for estates. He is a tutor on the highly successful "Woodland to Workshop" (W2W) Course, organised by Woodland Heritage. To date, Gavin has delivered approximately 50 one-day timber grading and valuation courses for FC, local authorities, and others. 

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