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Identifying Wood: Accurate Results With Simple Tools Hardcover – October 1, 1990


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Taunton Press (October 1, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0942391047
  • ISBN-13: 978-0942391046
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 8.7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,077 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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R. Bruce Hoadley is a contributor for Taunton Press titles including Understanding Wood.


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Well written with ample pictures.
Gary Anderson
I've had this book for almost 2 years and it is the best I've seen.
Eric Davidson
This book answers ALL of those questions and more!
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64 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Eric Davidson on June 19, 2003
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I've had this book for almost 2 years and it is the best I've seen. It is very well written and very thorough. It begins with an explanation of the structure of wood at the cellular level, in some cases, in rather great depth. There are chapters on techinques for obtaining and preparing wood samples as well as a description of some of the necessary instruments (hand lens, microscope etc). The sections on identification are divided up into softwoods, hardwoods and tropical woods. I will agree that the section on tropical woods is not as deep as the other two sections, but I would say its in proportion to the chances of you happening up on a piece of rare tropical wood and having to identify it. I have sucessfully indentified dozens of woods using this book. Be advised that a microscope is definately needed when using this book, in my humble opinion. It doesnt have to be a megabuck model, but 100-250x would be very helpful. I would highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to go beyond the "if its brown, its walnut, if its white its maple" level, and get deeper into wood identification. ID-ing a chunk of wood is very satisfying and this book makes it possible!
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49 of 55 people found the following review helpful By P. van Rijckevorsel on April 26, 2000
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For those interested in identifying wood this book is a steal! This is not the only introductory text on the topic, but it sure is the most readable and the most accessible. The color pictures of the end grain are unparalled in any other book. The text is crystal clear and well paced. If this book has a flaw it is the focus on North American woods, at the cost of tropical woods, but you cannot have everything.
Actually I began with an understatement: this book would be a steal at twice the price!
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46 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Morgan on October 21, 1999
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If you're interested in trees and identifying wood this is the book for you. The book starts with tree structure and moves on to characteristics of various woods and divides them into subcatagories. You'll need at least a 10x magnifier, at most a microscope with 250x capability. A must for woodturners and antique lovers.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Big Jim on August 16, 2009
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I have worked with wood all my life but I had never looked at it through a magnifier and never really understood how the grain worked. I believe that, as I spend more time with the book, it will be a great help with identifying different woods but it was worth the cost for helping me understand wood and wood grain better. I am very glad I bought this book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By B. F. Walters on August 22, 2008
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A must have book for any forestry student that is taking a wood science or wood tech class. Without this book as a supplement to the regular textbook for the class, I don't know if I would have passed! The opening chapters are an easy to understand read and the pictures/descriptions of the different types of wood are excellent.
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21 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Henkos Baneros on May 21, 2011
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I was never any good - at Identifying Wood. But after reading this I feel that I could - identify almost any wood. By reading Identifying Wood you'll move forward, not remain where you stood. So on to recommendation about Identifying Wood; I'll say it like Yoda, "Buy it you should".
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99 of 135 people found the following review helpful By A. Osborn on April 30, 2008
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My whole life I've been asking myself the same questions. What is my bed made out of? What are those things in the forest? What fuels fire?

This book answers ALL of those questions and more! The answer....WOOD! THOSE THINGS ARE MADE OF WOOD! Life finally makes sense thanks to this book. It will take you to a new level of enlightenment.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Dean Norris on November 28, 2009
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The book provides the info needed. It does not provide the jeweler's loupe or microscope, judgment or practice needed. Judgment comes with practice. The sample prep technique is very important. When I started trying out the technique outlined by the book, my first impression was wow, this is harder than you would think - then I started to see what the author was talking about, and started identifying mystery wood with certainty. Very satisfying to do. It takes more time to learn the method than you would think, but I cannot think of a better way to go about identifying wood. A very good book, if identifying wood is your goal.
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