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UPDATE: DVD Giveaway: Wood Science & Design by Hendrik Varju

comments (73) March 21st, 2010 in blogs

BetsyE Betsy Engel, contributor
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Wood Science & Design by Hendrik Varju.
Passion for Wood, 2009.
$79.95 Can; 3 DVD set; 5 hours, 54 mins

Wood Science & Design is the latest DVD set from Hendrik Varju. From it you’ll learn about the structure of wood and about flatsawn, riftsawn and quartersawn wood cuts. Hendrik also covers wood movement, moisture content, and cross grain construction problems. Also included is a formula for wood movement and he provides detailed info on how to use it with data you can find in scientific tables. Through out the DVDs Hendrik uses sketches, calculations, wood samples and real projects to explain all the concepts.

As with Varju’s other DVDs, this set has been called “Private Woodworking Instruction in a Box” because it is like having him there in the shop with you. Hendrik covers all of the details that he would normally convey in person and this set could become a valuable resource that you refer back to time and again.

Lucky routerrat is the winner. His comment was chosen at random.  Check back later to read what he has to say about the DVDs.

And check out the latest giveaway, Wood Finishing Fixes

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Comments (73)

ocean8535 ocean8535 writes: Wood science and design. That's the ticket!
Posted: 2:58 pm on March 30th

TedFurlong TedFurlong writes: Would definitely be interested in a better understanding of the science of wood. Sign me up!

Ted Furlong
Posted: 9:26 pm on March 28th

Pap12 Pap12 writes: I sure do appreciate the great quality of this Give-a-way.
I could put it to use right away!

Posted: 9:02 pm on March 28th

BUILDERS695 BUILDERS695 writes: Excellent material. Count me in.
Posted: 8:57 pm on March 25th

hotshoer hotshoer writes: Sounds like some execellent material. Please add my name to the list.
Posted: 7:43 pm on March 24th

hotshoer hotshoer writes: Sounds like some execellent material. Please add my name to the list.
Posted: 7:43 pm on March 24th

cigarmike cigarmike writes: Sounds like something I should have read years ago. Could have saved me some headaches. Some early articles only briefly touched on the subject of wood movement and properties. The videos sound like a great way to get into a class without the travel.
Posted: 11:32 am on March 24th

ganoo ganoo writes: This information would be a valuable tool in the arsenal since there is so much beauty and wonder in a divine creation such as wood.
Posted: 8:15 am on March 24th

dave100 dave100 writes: I have attended several of Hendrik's day long seminars, one of which was Wood Science and Design. I've also got both the Table Saw and Jointer DVD's. The DVD sets cover exactly the same content that he covers during the seminars which makes them ideal for those who can't attend the seminar or as a reference tool for those wanting to recall. The information Hendrik provides during the Wood Science and Design seminar is so extensive that this DVD will be a valuable asset to anyone who includes it in their library.
Posted: 11:13 pm on March 23rd

woodzealot woodzealot writes: I thirst for this knowledge. So, so thirsty...
Posted: 11:06 pm on March 23rd

YoungElm YoungElm writes: I would guess that we are all guilty from time to time by concentrating on machines, tools and techniques. Yet the very material that we work with is so often misunderstood and taken for granted. I have a passion for wood and would welcome Hendrik's latest offering as an educational resource and inspiration. Thank you for the opportunity to cherish this prize.
Posted: 6:35 pm on March 23rd

Rundle Rundle writes: I have attended many of Hendrick's seminars at various Woodworking shows. He is an excellent teacher in person, well organised and extremely informative; and this in a 30-60 minute public seminar. This DVD would be a wonderful resource to have at hand with Hendrick's reputation for thouroughness and his attention to relevant detail.
All of Hendrick's DVD's are well worth the money. Having jsut started up a part-time business I only wish I had the resources availble to add them to my library.

Posted: 1:23 pm on March 23rd

Lise_C Lise_C writes: Oh, wouldn't this be a good win!
Posted: 10:07 am on March 23rd

cwelte cwelte writes: I'm really looking forward to watching this DVD.
Posted: 9:34 pm on March 22nd

teachersteve teachersteve writes: I've listened to Hendrik a lot on Matt Vanderlist's podcast. He seems to be an excellent teacher, and is clearly very knowledgeable. This should be a very useful cd set.
Posted: 7:04 pm on March 22nd

Lise_C Lise_C writes: I'd love to add this dvd to my collection.
Posted: 4:57 pm on March 22nd

MarkusJ MarkusJ writes: Sounds very interesting.
Posted: 4:56 pm on March 22nd

hubiedoo517 hubiedoo517 writes: Sounds interesting I would like to learn about the exact science of wood and its properties. Thanks for the chance.
Posted: 2:04 pm on March 22nd

Walt Walt writes: This information forms the basis of successful woodworking.
Posted: 1:46 pm on March 22nd

Water_Doc Water_Doc writes: This set looks absolutely amazing, I would love to have to opportunity to view this. Thanks
Posted: 1:23 pm on March 22nd

MikeO. MikeO. writes: Sign me up! This looks like a good set.
Posted: 1:17 pm on March 22nd

woodworkjay woodworkjay writes: I would love to win this set-it would make a great early birthday present, sign me up!
Posted: 1:01 pm on March 22nd

Pathrat06 Pathrat06 writes: I'm old - and a beginner so I need a chance to catch up! :)

Posted: 12:23 pm on March 22nd

tc5617 tc5617 writes: Count me in. looks like a great set. Thanks
Posted: 12:06 pm on March 22nd

tom8021 tom8021 writes: Wow, this would be great to win!
Posted: 12:01 pm on March 22nd

sailor68 sailor68 writes: Ahoy, wouldn't this video be a great way to spend the Easter long weekend. I hope my ship will come in for this super prize!!!!
Posted: 11:25 am on March 22nd

Mizz_Rene Mizz_Rene writes: When I logged on I was surprised to see this DVD as the current giveway. I have the "Passion for Wood" website saved in my browser favorites so it's handy when I have money in the budget to buy the "Wood Science & Design" DVD. If I won a free copy of it I'd be so tickled I'd probably do a "Snoopy Happy Dance" like my beagle does when he gets a dog biscuit treat.
Posted: 10:26 am on March 22nd

Big_L Big_L writes: Wow! what an awesome prize from such an accomplished craftsman! It is really a course in your own shop and you can go back to it whenever you feel like it. Good lluck to all.

Big "L"
Posted: 10:20 am on March 22nd

Triumph1 Triumph1 writes: Sign me up! I'm sure it far more intersting than the romantic comedy my girlfriend will make me watch.
Posted: 9:47 am on March 22nd

tlpmap tlpmap writes: I'm in! This would be a great addition my library!
Posted: 9:45 am on March 22nd

LBF LBF writes: Would love this DVD.
Posted: 9:21 am on March 22nd

rmpater rmpater writes: I love to learn and I love woodworking. This looks like a great set. My fingers are crossed!
Posted: 9:04 am on March 22nd

woodworker52 woodworker52 writes: looks like a great DVD to help me build better furniture and other items
Posted: 8:34 am on March 22nd

chucktown chucktown writes: Looks like a great set, count me in!
Posted: 8:00 am on March 22nd

forummfg forummfg writes: I actually own this DVD so I don't need a copy but I will say it's an amazing video. I thought I would get bored watching a 5 hour DVD but I was glued to my seat watching it. I learned so much and I recommend it to any new woodworker or anyone who really doesn't understand wood.
Posted: 7:09 am on March 22nd

TCB TCB writes: I enjoy learning from DVD's, so this would be sweet for me :-)
Posted: 4:53 am on March 22nd

JimFuller1 JimFuller1 writes: I just love these give aways. I'm bound to win one of these days. I hope it's this one.
Posted: 2:26 am on March 22nd

Lori K Lori K writes: I would love to win this DVD set. I believe it has the type of info, including structure and movement, that I seem to have a problem grasping and need another explanation.
Thank you
Posted: 2:08 am on March 22nd

D-DAY D-DAY writes: I suspect that this DVD set will be as good as Hendrik's "Jointer and Planer Secrets" DVD set which I have really enjoyed and learned from.
Posted: 12:50 am on March 22nd

routerrat routerrat writes: Count me in!
Posted: 12:15 am on March 22nd

crusty49 crusty49 writes: Work shop instruction from someone who's been there is priceless! Count me in
Posted: 11:23 pm on March 21st

jpat jpat writes: looks like a great DVD to add to the collection!
Thank you
Posted: 11:20 pm on March 21st

Dremelman Dremelman writes: I have taken a couple of private lessons with Hendrik on hand cutting dovetail joints. He is very percise as I am sure the content is in this new publication. Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy of these DVD's.
Posted: 11:04 pm on March 21st

RayInBC RayInBC writes: This looks awesome - thanks for giving me the opportunity to win it.
Posted: 11:01 pm on March 21st

Larrythewoodguy Larrythewoodguy writes: Thanks for a chance to win .
Posted: 10:13 pm on March 21st

KenderCh KenderCh writes: Very nice!
Posted: 10:13 pm on March 21st

CWS1 CWS1 writes: This would be really nice to win. Count me in
Posted: 10:03 pm on March 21st

Artex Artex writes: An excellent teacher, I need this one!
Posted: 8:59 pm on March 21st

WispWoods WispWoods writes: Hey, I listen to this guy on Matt's Basement Workshop. His DVDs are just what I need. I neeeeeed to win!
Posted: 8:39 pm on March 21st

2dtenor 2dtenor writes: This sounds like the kind of instruction that I need. Count me in!
Posted: 8:03 pm on March 21st

iplaneman iplaneman writes: I would love to win this DVD set
Posted: 7:56 pm on March 21st

DaveHarrison DaveHarrison writes: Looks vey interesting - count me in please.
Posted: 7:50 pm on March 21st

DanNC DanNC writes: I've watched his planer/jointer and table saw videos and learned a lot. Highly recommended, especially for newbies.
Posted: 7:43 pm on March 21st

murphreejz murphreejz writes: make it mine!!
Posted: 7:16 pm on March 21st

TopspinD TopspinD writes: Very cool. Please enter me in the give away. Thanks.
Posted: 7:05 pm on March 21st

johncondor johncondor writes: Yay wood science!
Posted: 6:46 pm on March 21st

woodeye1 woodeye1 writes: wish me luck
Posted: 5:44 pm on March 21st

JerrySats JerrySats writes: I'm sure this video is as great as Hendriks other video's .
Posted: 5:14 pm on March 21st

philsfire philsfire writes: Allays looking for more ideas.

Posted: 5:09 pm on March 21st

clayhanna clayhanna writes: Sounds like this would be a great DVD to really help one understand the medium we all work with, Wood! I work in remote National Parks for the National Park Service so DVD's are a great way for me to learn more about the craft. Each DVD expands my knowledge.
Posted: 5:08 pm on March 21st

Dharbas Dharbas writes: As a novice woodworker. This video wood be a great refferance and tool.
Posted: 5:07 pm on March 21st

clayhanna clayhanna writes: Sounds like this would be a great DVD to really help one understand the medium we all work will, Wood! I work in remote National Parks for the National Park Service so DVD's are a great way for me to learn more about the craft. Each DVD expands my knowledge.
Posted: 5:01 pm on March 21st

RockDoggy RockDoggy writes: I've heard Hendrik on Matt's Basement Workshop podcast, and would love to have this DVD. He really knows his stuff!
Posted: 4:55 pm on March 21st

myPeter myPeter writes: I love woodworking. I am teaching a small group of kids woodworking hoping one day they will develop the same love for the smell of wood as I have. I am still an amateur at what I am doing, with your standards, so here hopes that I will win these DVDs that will help me teach the kids even more, and more importantly The Right Way.
Posted: 4:31 pm on March 21st

stikk stikk writes: Hendrik works and lives just up the road from me but I only see him around once a year at the KW woodworking show, his seminars are always informative and I'm sure his latest DVD would be a great addition to my collection!

Posted: 4:30 pm on March 21st

JLYoung JLYoung writes: I've listened to all of Hendrik's episodes on Matt's Basement Workshop and have learned tons just from these reltively quick interviews. I can't imagine how much useful info is on one of his DVD's. There a bit pricey though, so I'd love to win one.
Posted: 4:16 pm on March 21st

nznix nznix writes: this would be a great prize.
Posted: 4:16 pm on March 21st

Apple_Wood Apple_Wood writes: As a newcomer to this hobby it sounds like this DVD would provide a lot of much needed answers to my questions. Here's hoping I win it.
Posted: 3:31 pm on March 21st

seacruise seacruise writes: Through me in this brier patch. I would love to see this DVD

Posted: 3:20 pm on March 21st

atoma atoma writes: Sign me up. I love wood and its wondrous colors and shapes. Thanks for the opportunity.

Posted: 1:58 pm on March 21st

steve3624 steve3624 writes: Hello,
I would love to get this DVD set. I like Hendrik's work.
Posted: 1:51 pm on March 21st

jockcameron jockcameron writes: OH HOW I DO COVET THEE -

I truly believe WOOD is nature's WONDER material but I want more of the right information and understanding of its many inherent properties and best applications.

With this DVD set I would hope to become better at incorporating good design and engineering principles to better optimize woods many strengths and minimize its few weaknesses.

Posted: 1:41 pm on March 21st

Dean7 Dean7 writes: This is one DVD set that I've coveted for a long time. Can't afford it, so winning this DVD would be wonderful! Now if I could just figure out how to win Hendrik's other 3 DVD sets. WOW!
Posted: 10:28 am on March 21st

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