May 2-4, 2023 – Wisconsin Center - Milwaukee, WI


Pre-Expo Symposium: Stump the Wood Doctor, with Dr. Eugene Wengert

    Tuesday, May 02, 2023: 9:45 AM - 3:00 PM


    Symposium Speakers
    Eugene Wengert


    Eugene Wengert is the President of the Wood Doctor’s Rx LLC at WOODWEB, in Bishop, GA, and Professor Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Wengert is the author of eight practical books and has published 500+ articles relating to the wood products industry. As a former professor and extension specialist at Virginia Tech, and researcher at the USDA Forest Products Lab in Madison, Wisconsin, Wengert taught 30+ practical wood processing classes and seminars each year for the wood products industry, including sawing, edging, grading, drying, machining, and gluing. Wengert’s teachings and writings have assisted many wood products manufacturers, inspectors, and consumers over the decades.


    Wood expert Gene Wengert will be discussing all things wood. Subjects will include:

    • Wood Species Identification (red/white oak, hard/soft maple, hickory/pecan)

    • Analysis of several common natural and man-made characteristics and variations in species

    • Manufacturer drying defects - checks, splits, warp

    • The smell of wood

    • Effects of moisture- shrink/swell, relative humidity, hysteresis

    • Defining wood MC

    • Interior MC - Subfloor MC and the effects on wood floors

    • Solid vs. engineered wood flooring response to changes in MC

    • Installation challenges

    • Proper uses of the moisture meter


    Wengert will be fielding questions from the audience throughout the presentation on specific topics, and has challenged the audience to “stump him.”


    Additional registration required. Pre-Expo Symposium includes lunch. Each participant will receive eight CCU credits. For more information on registering for the Pre-Expo Symposium, please visit our Rates and Registration page.