Educating America's Craftspeople

What Kind of Wood



Telling hard from soft maple, red from white oak...

·          Instructor: Ernie Conover 

·          Prerequisites: None

·          Max Enrollment:

·          Price: $150 (includes all instruction time, materials) Students to bring a sack lunch. A deposit of $75 is required to secure a place in this class with the balance due two weeks prior to the course beginning.

        Date Offered:  Sunday - February 23, 2020 from 8:30am-4:30pm

As woodworkers we deal with wood every day but are often asked, what wood is this? While experience allows us to quickly tell yellow poplar from cherry or maple it is not nearly as easy to tell tulip poplar from cottonwood, yet they are both poplars. The same goes for various maples and oaks. The wine barrel maker that mixes a red oak stave in his otherwise white oak barrel is going to have a leaky cask. Is the antique table cherry or yellow poplar stained to look like cherry?

This one-day seminar is a very simple discussion of wood technology aimed at the woodworker. We will explore the biology of wood and ways to identify various genus and species by visual inspection, aided only by a 10-power hand lens. 

The class will end with showing how microanalysis (using a microscope) can give even more positive identification. This method is used by museum curators and antique dealers where positive identification is needed. 

Note: You will need safety glasses, a 10-power hand lens, a notebook and a pencil to participate in this fun day. Don’t be afraid to bring a small wood sample to stump your classmates. 

Please note our cancellation policy: Thirty days or more prior to the start date, your deposit/fee is 50% refundable. If you cancel less than thirty days from the course beginning, the deposit/fee is non-refundable. To cancel email sales@conoverworkshops.comwrite or telephone and leave a message on our answering machine. If for any reason we cancel a course, your entire payment will be refunded promptly.