Course material

Dan Johansson


This slideshow is in Swedish and is an extract from Dan’s book of the same name, which deals with quality forests. Here he explains what is important to be able to practice quality forestry and what the benefits are from practicing it.

Eiríkur Þorsteinsson

Sögun og flokkun á timbri í göngubrú yfir Þjórsá

This is a slide show which shows the progress of the project Pedestrian bridge over the river Þjórsá in Iceland. From choosing the logs, how they were sawn and sorted for this project; the first Icelandic pedestrian bridge made entirely of wood.

Lars Blomqvist

Innovation in the Swedish carpentry-furniture and wood construction industry

This slideshow is in English and is about innovation within the Swedish carpentry, furniture and wood construction industry as the name suggests. The difference between research and innovation is explained. Assembly connections, laminated wood, glue, and modular systems are also mentioned.

Bent Jensen


This slideshow is in Danish and is about portable sawmills. The book the slideshow is based on, has been developed to be used for instruction in the operation of portable sawmills and covers types of sawmills, selection of trees for processing, sawing methods, and storage and drying of the sawn timber.


This project aims to create the foundation for an emerging small-scale, forest-based industry in Iceland by learning from experiences of other Scandinavian partners.

The Agricultural University of Iceland and the Iceland Forest Service have followed closely the forest development in Iceland over past decades. The history of forestry in Iceland is rather short since the first woods were only planted about 100 years ago. But growing timber for harvesting only began around the 1980s, when farmers started planned forestry with governmental support schemes.

Today – 40 years later it has become an urgent matter to formulate and implement coordinated quality assessment guides for the main tree species used in Icelandic forestry.

The creation of wood-processing knowledge on an Iceland-specific level will be the foundation to kick off this development. Wider possibilities of using Icelandic quality timber will also serve to make the forest industry more sustainable. Therefore a main outcome of this innovative project will be to build up wood-processing education in Iceland and furthermore transfer and adapt existing European timber standards to Icelandic circumstances in close cooperation with experienced partners from countries with a long wood processing history (Sweden and Denmark).

The exciting training and teaching materials from Denmark and Sweden will be updated and adapted to Icelandic circumstances. All of the materials will be adjusted to digital learning principles.

Further project outcome will be the revision of a curriculum that enables the transfer of Icelandic lessons learned from kickstarting commercial timberlands to third countries who are facing similar challenges.