07 December 2021

Fundamentals of timber series continues into 2022

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More than 3000 of you signed up for our online learning series in 2021. We are now delighted to announce that several more dates have been added to the Fundamentals of timber programme, bringing the total of “fundamental” sessions to eight!


This extension features fresh topics and delves into durability and preservation; quality of timber; and paints and coatings.


Fundamentals of timber strives to be an accessible, introductory resource perfect for newcomers to the material, those looking to develop a robust understanding of basic timber concepts, as well as students. To facilitate this learning experience, the next three webinars are available to book as a 3-part series.


New dates

11 January 2022 ∙ 12:00–13:00 GMT

Durability and preservation with Lewis Taylor, Senior Timber Frame Consultant, BM TRADA

  • Natural durability to fungi, insects and marine borers.
  • Types of insect and marine borers.
  • Natural durability classes and service life.
  • Wood preservation – when to and how.
  • How the length of desired service life is achieved.

This webinar has now taken place.


26 January 2022 ∙ 12:00–13:00 GMT

Quality of timber with Phil O’Leary, Technical Manager, BM TRADA

  • What do we mean by 'Quality of timber'?
  • Difference between appearance grade, visual and strength grading.
  • Features assessed for grading purposes and how to measure them.
  • General principle of grading rules.
  • Explanation of commercial grading rules.
  • Strength grading and strength classes.

This webinar has now taken place. 


8 February 2022 ∙ 12:00–13:00 GMT

Paints and coatings for timber with Peter Kaczmar, Senior Consultant, BM TRADA

  • The need for coatings.
  • Weathering of timber.
  • Types of coatings: paints, varnishes, stains, floor and deck finishes.
  • Common faults and how to avoid them.



TRADA members: Free

Non-members: £90 £60 £30 +VAT for the remaining sessions

Students at member universities: Free

Students at non-member universities: £45 £30 £15 +VAT for the remaining sessions


Not sure if you’re a member? Call 01494 569603 or email Kathryn Macneil, our membership administrator, on membership@trada.co.uk.


Book now