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Category: hardwood lumber grading

Keynote Speaker Stuns with Inspirational Speech at 178th Inspector Training School Graduation

MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE – Commencement exercises for the 178th class of the NHLA Inspector Training School were held on Thursday, November 19, 2015 with twenty-five students completing the program. The graduates included sixteen members of the traditional course and eight from the Progressive Program. Eric Porter, of Abenaki Timber Corporation and graduate of the School, delivered an inspirational message to a room filled to capacity. See the full speech below: ... Read More
Posted by Kristina Bran at Tuesday, December 1, 2015 | 0 comments
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NHLA Honors Maxwell Hardwood Flooring

Earlier this year a pipe burst at the NHLA Inspector Training School in Memphis, Tennessee and ruined the majority of the school's hardwood flooring. Tommy Maxwell from Maxwell Hardwood Flooring heard the news and decided to donate all the wood needed to repair the floors. Maxwell donated several thousand dollars worth of wood as well as took responsibility for shipping and handling costs. This past week, NHLA presented Maxwell with a plaque to thank him for his recent donation at the West... Read More
Posted by Kristina Bran at Monday, December 22, 2014 | 1 comments
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Hard Maple Bark Pockets

Question: When grading hard maple in central pa we often see ingrown bark on the opening face of the board but on the back it is clear. It is difficult to determine if the bark will surface out to standard surface thickness, should we stay fast to grading by the side with the least amount of units determines the the grade? Answer: One thing to note is that on page 4, paragraph 4 of the rules book it states: “Lumber shall be inspected and measured as the inspector... Read More
Posted by Dana Spessert at Monday, November 11, 2013 | 0 comments
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Pin Knots in Red and White Oak

Should sound pin knots in red or white oak be cut over?  This question is a very interesting question and has been a question for years from many different areas of the country. The short answer is no, you are not allowed to cut over pin knots in a clear face cutting in RO or WO unless there has been an exception written on the purchase order. Now the long answer is that defining whether it is a pin knot or burl is the ultimate goal and if you call it a pin knot and the... Read More
Posted by Dana Spessert at Friday, November 8, 2013 | 0 comments
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Red Oak FAS Mineral

Question: We had some red oak lumber last week that graded FAS on both faces but both faces exceeded the mineral limitations.  Is the board down graded to a F1F or to 1 Common? If an FAS red oak board exceeds the limit for mineral on both faces than it is reduced to a 1 Common. If only one side of an FAS red oak board exceeds the mineral limitation than it would be reduced to a F1F.  Read More
Posted by Dana Spessert at Friday, August 30, 2013 | 3 comments
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