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Workshop: Wood Structure and Identification

Thursday – Friday, June 14 – 15, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Taught by Regis B. Miller, Ph.D.

This two-day beginner’s workshop will concentrate on the wood structure and identification of common hardwoods and softwoods. One full day will be devoted to softwoods and the other day to hardwoods. Participants will examine blocks of wood with the naked eye, exploring such features as color, grain, and density. They will examine the cross (transverse) surface of the blocks with a hand lens, noting features such as vessel size and arrangement, ray sizes, and axial parenchyma patterns. Finally, participants will learn to make thin sections of the radial and tangential surfaces for use with the light microscope.

This workshop will be taught by wood identification and information specialist Regis B. Miller, Ph.D., retired wood anatomist with the Forest Products Laboratory, and conducted at McCrone Research Institute in conjunction with Inter/Micro 2018. Register early; class size is limited. Tuition is $525 and includes lunch and refreshments for both days. Note: Inter/Micro Workshop attendees must also register for at least one day of speaker presentations.

What to Bring to the Workshop

A quality hand-lens magnifier, Bausch & Lomb Hastings Triplet 14x, is required and will be provided to each workshop attendee. There are two recommended publications, available as reprints from the IAWA website. They are not required, but you may bring them to the workshop, if you have them:

1. IAWA List of Microscopic Features for Hardwood Identification. IAWA Committee (E.A. Wheeler, P. Baas, and P.E. Gasson, Editors), 1989. Reprint IAWA Journal 10: 219-332. EUR 25.00 or USD 35.00. Note: this reprint is also available as a PDF, free of charge via the IAWA website.

2. IAWA List of Microscopic Features for Softwood Identification. IAWA Committee (H.G. Richter, D. Grosser, I. Heinz, and P.E. Gasson, Editors), 2004. Reprint IAWA Journal 25: 1-70. EUR 25.00 or USD 30.00. Note: this reprint is not available from IAWA as a downloadable PDF.