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Working Woods Scotland Course

Applications now open for 2022 course

Working Woods Scotland is a 3-day practical training course in homegrown hardwoods. It is based at the Scottish Wood sawmill in Fife and will cover:

Day 1 – Background to forestry in Scotland; sawn timber and its uses, grading and valuing trees and logs (taught by Gavin Munro, Jim Birley and Kate Tuer)

Day 2 – In the forest; forest management, silviculture, species selections for different sites, harvesting (taught by Rick Worrell, Kate Tuer and Andrew MacQueen)

Day 3 – Sawmilling, seasoning, secondary processing, measuring, grading and valuing sawn timber. (Taught by Jim Birley and Kate Tuer).

Course participants are selected from a range of applicants who are early in their careers, including foresters, Sawmillers, furniture makers, civil servants and others involved in forestry and timber. The WWS course is designed to encourage networking between industry members, promoting the exchange of knowledge and building relationships across the hardwood industry:

“The course was fascinating, and I met so many like minded people who I hope to keep in touch with. Taking part has given me so much more confidence with setting up my own Sawmilling business.”

(Beren Yeshua, Tiny Temple - Cabin builder and Sawmiller)

“It’s been a tremendous experience, providing to be very educational and informative. Enjoying the company of a diverse, although kindred-spirited, group of participants who became like family whilst being taught by passionate and inspiring speakers.”

(Gwen Raes, Woodland Trust - Estate ranger at Glen Finglas)

The course is run by the Association of Scottish Hardwood Sawmillers (ASHS) with support from Scottish Forestry and Scottish Forestry Trust.

To apply for this year's course please see:

Photo Gallery from the 1st Working Woods Scotland course 2021.

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