SDSU Extension hosts Wood Utilization Workshop – Urban Logging

Farm Forum

BROOKINGS – SDSU Extension is hosting a wood utilization workshop Oct. 12, 2013 at N.E. Hansen Farm, South Dakota State University, Brookings. Workshop is free and begins at 9:30 a.m. and is scheduled to wrap up around noon.

“Too often we cut down mature or over-mature urban and windbreak trees and burn or bury the wood. Considering the potential value in some trees, we might as well burn or bury money,” said John Ball, SDSU Extension Forestry Specialist.

This outdoor workshop will cover the basics of turning trees into valuable products. Discussions and demonstrations will cover how logs are scaled (measured,) the economics of setting up a mill, the drying process and maintaining blades. Participants will be able to examine and watch a portable mill operation, CNC machines and a solar kiln.

The workshop will be held at the N.E. Hansen Research Farm just east of the campus of SDSU in Brookings. The entrance to the farm is just off the Highway 14 bypass, about 1/2 mile east of the exit 133 I-29 intersection. No pre-registration is required but people may contact John Ball at for more information.