Smallscale saw milling and timber drying course Spring 2020
10.30am-4.30pm (with 1 hour for lunch)
Location: Bambra Agroforestry Farm (listed in Google Maps, 30min west of Geelong, Vic)
Full-day technical and practical workshop delivered by Rowan Reid on his Bambra Agroforestry Farm
(Bachelor Forest Sci., Masters Forest Sci., Melbourne University lecturer since 1991 and author of 10 books including "Heartwood")
BYO lunch, or you can travel to the nearby Deans Marsh store.
Morning and afternoon tea provided.
Rowan will present lectures in the on-site classroom covering the science and practice of small scale harvesting, milling and timber drying with a focus on eucalypts and specialty timbers.
NOTE: this course does not provide training in tree felling (tree felling is a specialised skill)
Topics: Tree felling and extraction, sawing patterns, bandsaws versus circular saws, managing growth stresses, recovery rates, drying degrades, timber grading, air drying, kiln drying, timber values
During the day, field demonstrations of small-scale logging (with the tractor winch), saw milling (Norwood Bandsaw) and solar drying (Solarkiln) will take participants around the Bambra Agroforestry Farm.
Sorry, no children under 16 years of age due to the use of portable sawmill, chainsaws and other sharp equipment.
Participants will receive printed notes.
Participants must wear suitable footwear for a farm. Hard hats will be provided.
Places strictly limited
Price includes GST.
NOTE: If you have trouble with the online payment system (or would prefer not to use it) just email me and I'll provide direct payment details: firstname.lastname@example.org