Publications on timber quality

A method to describe the 3 dimensional branching structure of Sitka spruce (PDF-1384K)

MSc Thesis - Edinburgh University 2007.

Cover of Research Information Note 3Benefits of improved Sitka spruce: volume and quality of timber (PDF-534K)

By Shaun Mochan, Steve Lee and Barry Gardiner.

Forestry Commission Research Note 3.

Modelling spiral angle in Sitka spruce (PDF-2112K)

MSc Thesis - York University 2007.

Models for the timber quality assessment of the actual forest resource (PDF-1627K)

Report showing the development of a set of wood property models for British-grown Sitka spruce.

Non-destructive evaluation of Scots pine (PDF-659K)

Evaluating the use of acoustic tools to assess Scots pine timber quality, and the practical implications for assessing timber quality from naturally regenerated stands.

Predicting the branching properties of Sitka spruce grown in Great Britain (PDF-679K)

Paper on a branching model for Sitka spruce.

Processing potential of lodgepole pine (PDF-444K)

Report on differences in timber performance of different provenances of lodgepole pine.

Protocol for stem straightness assessment in Sitka spruce (PDF-135K)

Details of the testing and validation of a scoring system for the visual assessment of stem straightness in Sitka spruce.

Forestry Commission Information Note 39

Stem straightness in Sitka spruce in Scotland and North England (PDF-682K)

Report on a survey of stem straightness.

Stem straightness in Sitka spruce in South Scotland (PDF-455K)

Report on a survey of stem straightness.

Stem straightness in Sitka spruce in Wales (PDF-791K)

Report on a survey of stem straightness.

The effect of windblow on timber quality in Sitka spruce (PDF-1051K)

Masters thesis, University of Edinuburgh.

The implications of transformation to continuous cover forestry systems for conifer timber quality and log supply in the UK (PDF-2570K)

Report on Scottish Forestry Trust-funded project to investigate implications for timber quality of transformation of uniform forests to irregular structures.

The influence of the site factor wind exposure on wood quality (PDF-2024K)

Report on project to predict from stand characteristics and measurements on individual trees the wood quality of timber produced from a wind-exposed stand and of the potential end products.

Timber quality: A pilot study for assessing stem straightness (PDF-151K)

Report on an industry-wide initiative to develop a system to assess timber quality of forest stands based on an evaluation of stem straightness.

Forestry Commission Information Note 10.

Towards a timber quality model for Sitka spruce in Britain (PDF-407K)

Conference paper on the development of a timber quality model for British-grown Sitka spruce.

Utilisation of lodgepole pine (PDF-3950K)

The timber properties of three different provenances of lodgepole pine growing at two different sites are compared by means of destructive testing and analysis of sawn battens.

Forestry Commission Information Note 70.

Wood density determination in Picea sitchensis using computerised tomography (PDF-878K)

Measurement and modelling of the density of Sitka spruce

Masters thesis, University of Wales, Bangor.

Publication coverWood properties and uses of Sitka spruce in Britain (PDF-1975K)

This publication is written for forest scientists, engineers, wood processors, and end users of wood products who are seeking a better understanding of Sitka spruce’s material properties and potential end uses. The first part is a general introduction that covers the origins of Sitka spruce, its introduction into Great Britain and its growth and management in this country. Part two contains information on the wood properties of Sitka spruce, including wood anatomy, general wood structure, and physical and mechanical properties. Part three contains an overview of the end products that are currently produced from Sitka spruce or that could potentially (and realistically) be produced from Sitka spruce in the future.

By Dr John Moore of The Forest Products Research Institute at Edinburgh Napier University.

Forestry Commission Research Report 15.