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Furniture finishing: the Canadian approach

Phil Evans and Iain MacDonald from the Department of Wood Science in the Faculty of Forestry at University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada explain the development of a new suite of courses aimed at the wood finishing industry.
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Wood's piezoelectric potential

Wood is not known for its conducting ability, yet researchers at the University of Texas are using loading analysis and finite element modelling techniques to unlock its properties. Dr Dan Wheat applies the current thinking.
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Better late than early - earlywood-latewood demarcation methods

Wood’s properties are key to its potential applications, with density variation often a limiting factor. Finto Antony, Assistant Research Scientist from The University of Georgia, USA, outlines a comparison study in lobolly pine explaining earlywood-latewood demarcation methods within an annual ring.
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History repeating - the perennial appeal of brick

Longevity is one of the main benefits of clay brick buildings, alongside their broad aesthetic appeal. Martin Parley talks to Simon Hay, Chief Executive of the Brick Development Association, about why brick is still the material of choice for builders, along with methods of preserving and repairing aged buildings.

Competence and the quarry manager

Being competent in a quarry environment is crucial, although what constitutes "competence" can be unclear. Francis Morrall, Deputy Chief Executive of the British Ceramic Confederation, explains the steps taken to remove ambiguity.