After a successful launch of the Working Woods Scotland Course in October 2021, the Association of Scottish Hardwood Sawmillers (ASHS) are hosting the 2nd ever course of it’s kind in September 2022. The course is set to run from Tuesday the 27th of September – Thursday the 29th of September this year. Of course, nothing can be certain but we will post information as we get it and keep applicants updated.

    Working Woods Scotland is a 3-day practical training course in homegrown hardwoods. It is based at the Scottish Wood sawmill in Fife and will cover:

    Day 1 – Background to forestry in Scotland; sawn timber and its uses, grading and valuing trees and logs.

    Day 2 – In the forest; forest management, silviculture, species selections for different sites, harvesting.

    Day 3 – Sawmilling, seasoning, secondary processing, measuring, grading and valuing sawn timber.

    Course participants are selected from a range of applicants who are early in their careers, including foresters, sawmillers, furniture makers, civil servants and others involved in forestry and timber.  There should be a good mix of skills to ensure exchange of knowledge between participants (as well as from leaders to participants) and to encourage links continuing after the course. The WWS course is designed to encourage networking between industry members, and the cost of the course covers two evening meals at a local restaurant to help promote more casual interaction between course members and trainers after the days events.

    If you would like to apply for a place on this year’s course, please download the Application Form and complete it and email it to catriona.scottishwood@gmail.com with the subject line ‘WWS 2022 Application’.

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