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The Real Wood Bible: The Complete Illustrated Guide to Choosing and Using 100 Decorative Woods Paperback – January 12, 2012

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[Review for previous edition:] 36 pages of pertinent advice, including seven steps to choosing wood and discussion of issues surrounding certified supply. (Sharon Wootton Olympia Olympian 2005-12-03)

[Review for previous edition:] A thorough guide that can help beginning and advanced woodworkers choose between 100 types of decorative woods... A photo index makes browsing easy. (Rebecca Swain Vadnie Orlando Sentinel 2005-08-28)

[Review for previous edition:] This comprehensive guide to 100 of the world's most popular woods can help you select the best one for your project... Great for woodworkers, designers and homeowners alike. (Diana Luciani Style At Home)

[Review for previous edition:] It's the book you'd expect from a guy who made his first tool box from utile, an African mahogany. (Mark Feirer This Old House)

[Review for previous edition:] Invaluable for the novice but also a good reference for the pro. (Peggy Mackenzie Toronto Star 2006-01-19)

[Review for previous edition:] There's more to wood than just how it looks.... learn the strengths and weaknesses of all types of wood. (Heidi Rose Lamirande Boston Globe 2005-11-03)

[Review for previous edition:] Every type of wood has its own personality and its own best uses, according to The Real Wood Bible... color photos and descriptions of 100 popular decorative woods. (James Cummings Dayton Daily News 2005-08-18)

[Review for previous edition:] Of particular note is a full-page photo of each species showing the wood in two states: bare and with a clear finish... a valuable and useful guide. (Anatole Burkin Fine Woodworking)

[Review for previous edition:] Written to answer any wood-related question... With such complete information, a book like this is likely to become the Holy Grail of wood. (Hardwood Floors 2005-12-01)

[Review for previous edition:] An essential reference for anyone who works with wood or makes decisions about how and where it's used. (Home and Design)

[Review for previous edition:] You'll learn all about wood color and grain, sustainability and storage -- even how to turn your own trees into boards and veneers. It's a must-have reference to the world's most popular building material. (Sara Scott Log Home Design Ideas)

About the Author

Nick Gibbs is a carpenter and editor of Woodworker magazine. He has contributed to many books including The Flooring Handbook.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Firefly Books; Revised edition (January 12, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1770850139
  • ISBN-13: 978-1770850132
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,126 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Just what I needed. Excellent photography for the wood samples. It helps me immensely when appraising furniture. I recommend it.
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I have other book name WOOD Identification and Use book. I was not sure which one is best so I end up buy both. Both book are very good. I go ahead put both in here for you if you not sure which one book is best for you. Both book are same size but Wood Bible word are big than WOOD book. Wood Bible only have 100 wood list while WOOD have over 200 wood list. Wood Bible show large image of wood than WOOD but WOOD show tree, leaf, nut or fruit while Wood Bible not show it. If your budget are not limit then get both book. If you only can get one... get both anyways... go for cheaper used book. Wood Bible is good book.
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I am am ametur wood-worker who basically know a little about a few select hard woods (cherry, Red-Oak, Sugar Maple and a few others. This is a great reference book that allows me with confidence to wander through wood stores with a great variety of produt and make knowledgeable selections. It not only broadens my knowledgeable base but gives me a broader platform of products to knowledgably choose from to match different project in my wood shop. This helpful puppy is alwawys within reach on my bookshelf with all the plans collected over the years just waiting to be done.
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here is a real book for wood lovers . The photos are well precise and cleverly parted diagonally by two ( natural hue and tinted ) it gives a remarkable idea of the wood. There is also a plank with a cross section. really a good job. And also the explanations on the wood well documented.
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This is an interesting read. Many types of wood are shown with a lot of facts about the different species. It will help to determine what species may be good for a particular project. I will count it among my most important woodworking reference books.
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For the woods that are listed it does a nice job. But it overlooks many common woods used, though perhaps only locally, by American woodworkers. It's also a bit out of date with respect to wood's availability due to disease. Still, it's a nice book for a shop reference, and I'm happy to keep it on my bookshelf.
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This is my first book on wood identification. As others have said, end grain pictures with magnified close ups would make it a much more useful manual. I'm sure it will help but I'll be buying one with end grain pics. There is a lot of good info in this book so not a waste of money by any means.
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Very good pictures. Would have been super if a pic of the tree wild in nature would show as well. I thought there would be more types of would displayed, like african blackwood. So a little disaponted.
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