Wood - The Natural Material
Wood - The Natural Material is a deep dive into the wood we use in all of the products for construction and design. Through understanding the history and classification of our trees and woody plants, we can better choose products that meet our ever changing needs in the design community. An understanding of common terminology like hardwoods vs softwoods as well as what testing is done to wood products, Janka Hardness testing etc, can better help us create and design spaces that are safe and meet the needs of that space.
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1 - Where do trees come from?
a. What has been the evolution of our trees.
b. What is tree ecology, the parts of a tree and uses for trees.
2 - What are timbers?
a. What are hardwoods?
b. What are softwoods?
3 - What are engineered and modified woods?
a. Composite or man-made woods
b. Thermally modified woods
4 - What are the traits of wood products to look for?
a. Janka Hardness Testing
b. Lumber grading
c. Lumber defects
d. How to specify the right type of wood for your project and application
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