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2022 NEKDA Spring Meeting

As we recover and move on from Covid restrictions, your NEKDA (New England Kiln Drying Association) Board of Director's has decided it is again time to bring back our NEKDA meetings. For Spring 2022 we will meet May 11 in Concord, New Hampshire, a central location with good highway access.

The details of the meeting program is below or you can download the Meeting Program (PDF).


Registration

Please mail your Registration Form and check directly to Bill Smith, wbsmith@esf.edu (by May 6). All tour participants are required to pre-register.

Program

WEDNESDAY, May 11
9:30 AM to 4:30 PM

HHP—Henniker Hardwood Products

9:30 AM ET
Wednesday Plant Tour

HHP Inc. is a multi-faceted forest products company that includes a state-of-the-art hardwood sawmill, dry kilns, paper-quality chip producer and manufacturer of pallets and skids.

All participants are welcome to tour HHP—Henniker Hardwood Products as they travel to the meeting.Pre-registration is required.

Tour participants should bring their own hardhats and safety glasses and wear appropriate footwear.

Directions:

14 Buxton Industrial Drive
Henniker, NH 03242

Take exit 5 off of I-89, and drive ~ 4 miles west on routes 202&9. At Old Concord Road turn left (south) and head ~ 1 mile: 14 Buxton Industrial Drive and the mill is on the right.

At the Holiday Inn

Welcome and Introductions

Chuck Sackett, NEKDA President (King Pine Industries)

12:30 - 1:15 PM ET
Fundamental Wood Properties Important to Drying

Bill Smith, SUNY ESF, Syracuse, NY

1:15 - 2:00 PM ET
Dry Kiln Maintenance, Repair, and Upgrade

Bob Pope, SII Dry Kilns, Montpelier, VT

2:00 - 4:30 PM ET
Kiln Operator's Clinic

Informal and practical instructions and discussion on the basics of kiln operations, maintenance, stacking, DH, conventional, and high-temperature drying, stain and discoloration, scheduling, changing species, wood-moisture fundamentals, kiln loading and baffling, moisture meters, restarting kilns, drying degrade, and more. (Coffee and refreshments will be available at 3 pm.)

Please note any particular interests for discussion at the clinic on your registration form.


 


Past Meeting Presentations - Please look to the Past Meeting link (to the right) to see some of the topics presented.

Click here to view the technical presentations from our past meetings.

  • Useful books and articles on Lumber Drying, Wood Properties and Manufacturing, and Wood Science.
  • Dry Kiln Workshop.
  • Our 2010 Jim Catterick Award was presented to Everett Rockwell, North Hudson Woodcraft, Dolgeville NY.
  • Our 2010 Bill Rice Acheivement Award was presented to Mark Strail, Harden Furniture, McConnellesville, NY, by NEKDA Life Member, former President, former Executive Secretary, and Professor Emeritus Dr. Bill Rice (below).
  • Mark Strail
    Tom Graber
    Scott Ferland
  • Our 2009 Jim Catterick Award was presented to Tom Graber, Baillie Lumber, Smyrna, NY, by NEKDA 2009 President Jeremy Jacquet (below).
    • Our 2009 Bill Rice Acheivement Award was presented to Scott Ferland, Cersosimo Lumber, Brattleboro, VT, by NEKDA Life Member, former President, former Executive Secretary, and Professor Emeritus Dr. Bill Rice (below).

     

    Date and Time

    Wednesday, May 11

    Location

    Holiday Inn
    172 North Main Street
    Concord, New Hampshire
    Phone: 603-224-9534
    Be sure to tell them you are with NEKDA to receive the group rate ($129/night)

    Directions

    Head west off of I-93 exit 14, then south on Main Street

    Forms

    Membership Form

    Registration Form

    Contact

    Bill Smith
    Email: wbsmith@esf.edu
    Phone: 315-470-6832