Want to get a better understanding of wood structures? Here's a suggestion: Sign up for the short course "Structural Design Topics in Wood Construction" offered May 16-18 in Roanoke, Virginia, by Frank Woeste, Professor Emeritus at Virginia Tech.
As a Virginia Tech professor, Woeste has trained generations of top engineers now working around the U.S. in professional and academic roles. He's also a long-time contributor to JLC (click here for a sample of his work in JLC). This three-day course in Roanoke is aimed at "building design professionals, structural component designers, and the building code community." Advanced builders, remodelers, and design-build companies, however, would probably benefit.