The U.S. Forest Service Wood Education and Resource Center will host a conference on Thursday, Aug. 2, at its facility in Princeton, W. Va.
The conference will present the latest thinking on how to increase the use of U.S. hardwoods for value added wood products like cabinets, furniture and millwork, as well as marketing wood for local use of energy. The conference for promoting locally made U.S. wood products is designed for private industry, public forestry organizations and industry support associations. Topics that will be covered at the conference include: branding programs, clustering of manufacturers, local and regional marketing, joint marketing efforts by multiple manufacturers, and the role of supporting economic development groups. Course attendees will receive 5.5 hours of educational credits.
With questions, contact Harry Watt via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or at 704.880.5034, or Phil Mitchell via email to email@example.com or at 919.515.5581. Registration is $35. Additional information can be found at www.cnr.ncsu.edu/woodworkshops.
Q: We are having a problem with shrinkage. We make furniture, but someone else sells and delivers it. This person claims he did everything correctly, including opening the furniture wrapping (we wrapped the furniture with shrink-wrap and it was fairly well sealed) and letting it acclimate to the house climate. When the customer moved in, they said the furniture looked really wonderful, but within a week, it started to warp, open joints and crack in a few places. We are so careful to keep our plant at 40 percent RH and check the MC of the lumber. This is frustrating! Can you help?
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