MEMPHIS, TENN. – The National Hardwood Lumber Association in collaboration with Purdue University and the Indiana Hardwood Lumbermen’s Association will offer a 2-Day Advanced Lumber Grading Course on Walnut to be held at the Southeast Purdue Agriculture Center (SEPAC) in Butlerville, Indiana. The course is designed for those with a prior understanding of the NHLA standard grading system. The class will specifically target the complex rules for grading one of the hottest and the most valuable species in the hardwood marketplace.

The Instructor for the course is veteran NHLA National Inspector, Benji Richards. The curriculum includes a range of topics imperative to understanding the complex set of rules for grading this species. The topics include but are not limited to 8’ & longer rules, defect grading rules, identifying standard defects, remanufacturing and simulated board runs.

The cost for the course is $250 for NHLA members and $350 for non-NHLA members. The registration cost includes lunch and a certificate of completion. Hotel arrangements can be made at the Comfort Inn in North Vernon, IN, at 812-352-9999.

To enroll or learn more about the program please contact Chris Churchill, Director of Education at or 901-399-7555.

Source: National Hardwood Lumber Association

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