Lesson One: Introduction
Provides course learning objectives, student expectations, available resources, and explanation of the structured online learning format.
Lesson Two: Structure of Woods
Wood is a unique building material as it is a once-living substance. This gives it properties no other building material contends with.
3. Lesson Three: Characteristics of Woods
The living characteristics of wood fuse with lumber cuts to create unique grain patterns.
Lesson Four: Beautiful Woods
Let's take a look at a sampler of beautiful woods you may one day work with.
This is the end of course quiz.
Inspirational / Aspirational - Optional Learning
Optional learning; These videos showcase advanced woodworking skills used in building one-of-a-kind furniture pieces. You will have mastered these skills by completion of your woodworking program.
Lesson Four Unit Assignment
- This topic presented some samples of exotic woods you may work with one day. While these woods have exotic colors and grain patterns they may be expensive, difficult to obtain, and their properties such as hardness and rot resistance may not be suitable for a specific project.
- In the forums, post your reflections on how you would advise a client in choosing an appropriate wood for a given project.
- Let your mentor know when you’ve posted in the forums.
Let’s Explore (Optional):
This topic’s “Let’s Explore” bonus material is a video demonstrating the densities of a number of exotic woods using the “Float Test” method.
You may also want to read Chapter Two of the course reference “Wood Handbook Wood as an Engineering Material,” published by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forestry Service. This chapter covers the properties and characteristics of a number of commercially important woods.
If you explore these optional resources post your reflections in the forums, and let your Mentor know you’ve posted.