Wood identification class offered 2012.12.12

Written by David Green.

Is a hardwood really “harder” than a softwood? Is your selection of species a match for the intended application?  Did you get the species you ordered?  What choices do you have?

A class sponsored by Ohio State University Extension service will introduce wood professionals and hobbyists to the basic techniques of wood identification.

 The class is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 26 at the Robert Fulton Agriculture Center north of Wauseon. The class is limited to the first 20 registrants.

Participants will learn skills needed to identify various wood structural characteristics, including vessels, rays, tyloses and resin canals.

The historical benefits of these woods, their current uses and the impacts of invasive species will also be discussed.

The $35 registration fee includes lunch and educational materials. For an additional $25, class members can buy a 24-species wood identification kit that includes samples of each species.

A registration form is available at www.woodlandstewards.osu.edu.

For more information, call 614/688-3421.

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