Woodworking Network's Bill Esler (left) moderates and Jared Patchin fields audience questions, as Accoya expert Mike Lewis (center) explains applications of the unique treated radiata pine. Recorded live at AWFS Fair 2015.
Woodworking Network's Bill Esler (left) moderates and Jared Patchin fields audience questions, as Accoya expert Mike Lewis (center) explains applications of the unique treated radiata pine. Recorded live at AWFS Fair 2015.

LAS VEGAS - Woodworking Network is partnering with Accoya, manufacturer of a specialty wood processed using the acetylation method, for an "Ask the Expert" event about the unique wood. Woodworkers anywhere in the country are invited to submit questions http://c2.yourbrandlive.com/c/wwn-ask/ about the unique Accoya wood material.

The special properties of Accoya make it a good candidate for projects such as decks, outdoor kitchens and stairs, as well as window frames which can be finished in natural stains or painted.

But how does it perform in the woodshop? Woodworkers's questions about cutting, machining, and joinery with Accoya will be answered live at the AWFS Fair on Thursday, July 23, by Mike Lewis, Accoya's expert on the material. Accoya is treated with a combination of chemistry and steam - steps that allow Accoya to resist water and rot.

The “Ask the Expert” event at AWFS 2015 takes place from 2-3 pm July 23 at Accoya's booth #6526 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Visitors can ask questions in person, or submit them via Twitter to Lewis. He will also explain how the process by which the lumber is treated affects Accoya's performance.

At Accoya's Ask the Expert event, woodworkers can learn about machining properties, and the science behind acetylated wood.

Bill Esler, editorial director at Vance Publishing will moderate the conversation, managing questions from the audience to and pulling in questions from Twitter.    

Each customer that attends will have their badge scanned and will be given a sample of Accoya. On the bottom of the sample, there will be a raffle ticket, and the second half of the ticket goes in a bowl. At the end of the Q&A, a winner will be chosen and will receive a $100 gift card.

Accoya wood is the result of decades of research and development that has brought together a long-established, extensively proven wood modification technique and leading-edge patented technology – acetylation – to create a high performance wood, ideal for outdoor use and challenging applications. Accoya says its wood has properties that match or exceed those of the best tropical hardwoods and treated woods, yet is manufactured using wood from sustainable sources.

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