October 28, 2021

Understanding & growing quality timber – module 2

With Jez Ralph

Two modules –  Thursday 28 October 2021 (previous module Thursday 21 October 2021)

Time: 11.00am to 12.30pm

Method: ZOOM online meeting

Price: RFS members £20.00 / non-RFS members £30.00 (for both sessions)

Maximum number of delegates: 30

Session 2:  Thursday 28 October – Adapting silviculture to produce better timber for modern timber users

Following on from the first session Jez will delve deeper into how we can adapt silvicultural techniques to produce better timber for the end-user.

He will discuss species selection; how silvicultural prescriptions affect timber properties and end uses.  We will talk about how management can be used to create higher quality and higher value timber (and how silviculture can sometimes have a detrimental effect on timber properties).

Finally we fit timber into the broader picture of soil-health; natural capital and ecological diversity to consider how we put a value on timber growing against the other values we our woodlands needs to deliver.

This session is the follow up session 1 – both sessions have to be purchased and cannot be booked individually.

Session 1:  Thursday 21 October – Timber properties and products from the user’s point of view

Jez will start by considering how features we know such as species, form, knottiness, speed of growth affect the quality of timber, then will look into less familiar but critical properties such as density, stiffness and strength. To understand these properties fully he will start from a microscopic level, coming out to look at the whole tree.

He will consider how these properties translate into the timber products being bought and used every day, and how the growth of a tree affects what market it can end up in.

Finally he will discuss how we can use modern technologies to get around some of the limitations we have come up against, and how engineering and modifying timber gives us access to a much greater range of markets.

Jez Ralph

Jez will start by considering how features we know such as species, form, knottiness, speed of growth affect the quality of timber, then will look into less familiar but critical properties such as density, stiffness and strength. To understand these properties fully he will start from a microscopic level, coming out to look at the whole tree.

He will consider how these properties translate into the timber products being bought and used every day, and how the growth of a tree affects what market it can end up in.

Finally he will discuss how we can use modern technologies to get around some of the limitations we have come up against, and how engineering and modifying timber gives us access to a much greater range of markets.