about the experience to go through
the nomination process, well, as educa-
tors it meant the world to us and to the
Hague, Phillips, and professor
of wood technology Jordan Backs
presented lectures throughout the
week and assisted us in the lab. Also
helping out in the lab were PSU wood
tech graduate assistants Mark Welle,
Sam Galliart, and current student Kort
“They have been with us all the way,
putting hundreds of hours into the
program in the lab portion, and working with equipment,” Phillips said of
Welle and Galliart.
The concept of the course was born
in late 2013, the brainchild of major
machinery supporters Martin, C.R.
Onsrud, Timesavers, and Weinig in
conjunction with WMIA.
“We wanted to see the program
incorporate many steps involved in
a typical manufacturing shop environment,” said Jason Howell, WMIA
Education Committee Chair.
“A similar program to this was of-
fered at North Carolina State Univer-
sity back in the 1980’s and 1990’s, and
it has had a very positive impact on our
industry for decades now,” says Howell.
“We are hoping that the Boot Camp
will provide another such long-lasting
benefit to our industry through this
partnership of WMIA and PSU.”
At the end of the course, Hague,
Phillips, and Backs had us take a
comprehensive written ‘test’ to see
how much we were able to retain over
the week. After each day, we had the
opportunity to express our opinions
on things we would change or keep the
same about the course.
The camp was an exceptionally
valuable experience – giving me a
broad, exposure-level understanding
of the wood manufacturing industry.
Getting to keep the coffee table and
cabinet I built was the cherry on top –
forever existing as reminders of a week
I won’t soon forget. ✚
Nearing completion: Gluing and clamping the coffee table together.