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 Two Unit Assignment
- This topic covered some of the main characteristics of woods as a once-living building material. In the forums, post your reflections on how the once-living nature of woods creates both challenges and advantages over other building materials such as plastics or metals.
- 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 website covering the biology of woods in more depth. You may also want to check out the included videos and additional forestry information available.
You may also want to read Chapter Three of the course reference “Wood Handbook Wood as an Engineering Material,” published by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forestry Service. This chapter will provide more in-depth understanding of the complex biology of woods.
If you explore these optional resources post your reflections in the forums.