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2016 Lumber Grading Short Courses

September 19-22
OSU South Center
1864 Shyville Road
Piketon, OH 45661

Cost: $350 for OFA Members, $450 for non-members.
Pre-registration is required.
This class will sell out, don't delay.

September 23 - 1 day Walnut Course
$125 for OFA Members, $175 for non-members

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The value of "rules conscious” employees is a more carefully manufactured product, a more profitable yield from the log, and a better sense of the value of the lumber being handled. This four-day workshop will include a thorough study and explanation of the NHLA Rules Book, emphasizing the basics of hardwood lumber inspection.

This popular workshop gives yardmen, sawyers, edgermen, sales, office staff and management level personnel an introduction
in lumber inspection. Classes will begin at 8:00 am and end at 4:30 pm.


This four-day short course will be taught by Barry Kibbey, NHLA National Inspector. Barry graduated NHLA School in Memphis in 1973. He has 41 years of experience in private industry including 26 years owning his own business. Barry has been with the NHLA for 15 years.

(Subject to Change)

Day 1 - 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

- Introduction & Workshop Expectations

- Cross Multiplication of Whole Numbers

- General Instruction

Establish Poor Side

Miscut Lumber

Proper Manufacture

Standard Grades of FAS and 1 Common

Day 2 - 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

- Questions & Answers

- Standard Grades


2 Common

3 Common

- Discuss Defect Definitions

Day 3 - 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

- Questions & Answers

- Discuss Specie Exceptions

- Grade Boards by Specie Exceptions

Day 4 - 12 - 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

- Questions & Answers

- Grade Boards by Specie Exception

- Test

Registration Information

The cost of the Hardwood Lumber Grading Short Course is $350 for OFA members and $450 for non-members. This course is limited to 20 attendees.

Pre-Registration is required with payment. Registration will be determined on a first-come, first-served basis. Cancellations received within two weeks of the event are subject to a $25 cancellation fee.

Items to Bring:

1. Lumber Grading Stick

2. Pocket Calculator

3. Clipboard/pencil/pen/notepad

Registration Includes:

1. NHLA Rule Book

2. Introduction to Lumber Grading Manual

3. Lunch Each Day

4. Certificate of Completion


Please make your own reservations at one of the following area hotels:

Amish Country Inn
(between Millersburg & Berlin)
Phone: (330) 893-3000 or (800) 935-5218

Comfort Inn
Phone: (330) 674-7400 or (877) 411-7400

Hotel Millersburg
Phone: (330) 674-1457 or (800) 822 1457

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