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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 2005-10-00)

[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 2005-10-00)

[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 2005-12-00)

[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 2005-12-00)

[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 2005-10-00)

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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: Each wood rated for sustainability status 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 (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,190 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By sassandahalf on March 21, 2013
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JPearl on December 17, 2014
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jean-luc H on December 26, 2013
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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 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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By Francois Elmaleh on December 31, 2014
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Good reference book. I think the different kinds of wood that a wood worker actually buys, this book would cover. Descriptions are good and the images help in the descriptions. For this I give it 3***.
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If only the darn wood would not have so many variations within a species. While it's the best book I've seen so far, I still struggle with identifying many different woods.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A.T. on April 14, 2014
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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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