A couple of weeks ago Scottish Wood hosted the first ever Working Woods Scotland course! The course was run by the ‘Association of Scottish Hardwood Sawmillers’ and was designed to bring together workers from across the Scottish hardwood industry (from woodland managers and foresters to sawmillers and furniture makers – with many variations in between!). Over the course of 3 days our trainees were put through their paces as they were taught about good silvicultural practices, how to grade logs and standing timber, how to process and dry hardwood timber, timber pricing and end use markets of processed hardwood. The course was a great success, thanks to amazing organisation by Nick Marshal, and the help of Kelly Morss who offered her years of experience running Woodland Heritages ‘From Woodland to Workshop’ course to help us fine tune our delivery of WWS, and of course not to mention the amazing trainers: Gavin Munro, Rick Warrell and Jim Birley, and guest presenters Neil Aitchison and Paul Hodgkiss.
Thanks also to Scottish Forestry and Scottish Forestry Trust who helped fund the course. We’re hoping to run another course next year, if anyone is interested, please contact Catriona.email@example.com for more information.