National Hardwood Lumber Association

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Hardwoods Processing 101

December 11 — 14, 2023
6830 Raleigh-LaGrange Rd.
Memphis, TN 38134 
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NHLA is hosting a 3-day seminar on Hardwood Lumber Processing. It will cover the processing of hardwoods from the tree to the kiln, by topical experts here at NHLA and from the Tennessee extension office.

Tours are planned of a local sawmill and a concentration yard.
Arrival Mon, December 11th for a BBQ dinner at NHLA
Tue, December 12th
 - Morning session:  Silviculture, The Art of Managing Forests and Concepts of Timber Inventory with Dr. David Mercker, UT School of Natural Resources
 - Afternoon session:  Lumber Grading & Upgrading with Mr. Roman Matyushchenko, NHLA Instructor and Associate Dean of ITS
Wed, December 13th
 - Morning session:  Sawmill tour, and Log Grading and Impact on Grade with Mr. Mark Bear, NHLA National Inspector
 - Afternoon session:  Optimizing Operations - Sawing, Trimming and Edging for Yield with Mr. Dana Spessert, NHLA Chief Inspector
Thu, December 14th
 - Morning session:  Concentration yard tour with Q&A by Mr. Dana Spessert, NHLA Chief Inspector
 - Afternoon session:  Drying Lumber Concepts with Mr. Geoff Webb, NHLA Dean of the Inspector Training School; and Grading KD, Net & Gross Tally, and NHLA Sales Code with Mr. Dana Spessert, NHLA Chief Inspector
Price:  $1995 members, $2995 non-members
Price includes:  Hotel room & tax (4-nights), meals, and transportation to/from NHLA-hotel and for tours
For more information and to coordinate hotel stays, contact Geoff Webb at 484.695.9029 or 


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