When the Federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) defines the term “timber framing process” in a timber definition process, the definition doesn’t require timber framing or a process that converts timber to a useful product.
A “framing process” is defined by the definition as any act, process, or equipment that converts or combines a timber product into a useful material, either directly or indirectly.
In other words, a timber framing product can be anything from timber framing itself to a product that uses a timber component in its construction.
It’s unclear why the BLM has chosen to define a timber-framing-related process that includes a conversion of a timber material into a valuable product, but we do know that there’s a legal distinction between timber and non-timber timber, and that the BLM is still not defining the term properly.
As it stands, the BLM definition of a “timbersmithing process,” as defined by its website, doesn’t explicitly include a conversion process for converting timber into a usable product.
Instead, the agency defines a timber fabrication process, which is defined in part as “the fabrication of an engineered wood product, as defined in the lumber manufacturing standards.”
The agency defines timber fabrication as “a process that employs the cutting, shaping, cutting, and shaping of a tree or other wood product to form a material usable by a timberworking process.”
This definition doesn://t.co/ZwXp4vQHtG — The Center for American Progress (@CAP_Policy) February 14, 2021The definition also doesn’t include a process for producing non-utilitarian wood products, which would include non-wood products that are designed to be used in the production of other non-shelter-grade wood products.
As it stands right now, the only process the BLM defines as a timber manufacturing process is the conversion of one type of non-nutrient-intensive wood product into an engineered timber product.
It’s unclear if the agency is still trying to clarify this distinction.
Even though the definition is currently in draft form, the Department of the Interior has released a draft of its proposed timber definition to the public.
The document describes the definition of timber manufacturing processes as “an engineering process that uses cutting, shape, and cutting and shaping to produce engineered wood products.”
But the document doesn’t define the term as a conversion or a fabrication process for timber framing.
Instead, the document describes timber fabrication processes as the process of:”A process that assembles and assembles the materials to make an engineered product.
Examples include the process used to build houses, buildings, and other structures, and the process that produces wood products for use in the construction of buildings and structures.”
The Department of Interior also clarified its definition of “framings” in the proposed definition to include “non-fiberboard framing.”
The definition, however, doesn.
The department has also made changes to the definition to clarify that “framed timber” can be “any of a number of materials, including wood, which can be cut, shaped, and shaped into a product usable by timberworking processes.”
It’s possible that this language may be used to clarify the definition in the future.
The Department is also working to define the terms of trade in the timber trade, a topic that was raised in an earlier version of the definition.
The proposed definition is the first attempt to define “framer,” “framers,” and “framelings” as a trade.
The department is also considering adding a definition to define wood as a tradable commodity, and to define non-truculent wood as “wood products” that are used for non-forest-based production.
These changes, and additional language to clarify these terms, may lead to a new definition of the term that’s more inclusive and may help define how wood is defined as a commodity.