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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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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: 8 x 6.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #263,820 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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)

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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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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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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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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Loved it, but it could have easily included more. Some woods I'm curious about simply aren't mentioned.
Never the less, it's a WONDERFUL book!
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