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What Wood Is That?: A Manual of Wood Identification (Studio Book) Hardcover – May 23, 1969


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The title of this book could not be more explicit or apt. With 40 actual wood specimens in popular use, descriptions of grain, color and texture, how to identify trees by their leaves, fruit, and bark, and much more, this is a small encyclopedia for woodworkers, carpenters, hobbyists, dealers, architects, craftsmen, nature lovers, teachers, or anyone with the urge to learn about wood. With small, aromatic samples of 40 varieties of wood, from afrormosia to zebrawood, this book even smells good! --Mark Hetts

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Herbert L. Edlin was a noted timber authority and Forest Officer of England?s historic New Forest.
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Product Details

  • Series: Studio Book
  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Adult; 1st edition (May 23, 1969)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670759074
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670759071
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 1.1 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #108,762 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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95 of 99 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 4, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book is of little value for the woodworker trying to identify woods commonly used on the American continent. When the species are described (with wood samples provided) the European varieties are given to the exclusion of woods from this continent. Species vary enough from the Euopean continent to make the book of very little use in identifying American woods and can even be misleading. The grain pattern on Birch is a classic example and Birch is used a great deal on funiture.
The book is very badly outdated and lists uses for various woods not seen since the late fifties and early sixties.
Consider carefully before purchasing this book.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 14, 1999
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If your working on a project involving exotic woods, then this book should be added to your library. The REAL wood samples are great. The book also has very useful information about many types of wood. I find this book to be a handy reference tool and am glad to have added it to my collection.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By P. van Rijckevorsel on October 26, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is a very friendly and straightforward book. It starts with veneer samples (quite small, but big enough) of 40 woods and finishes with descriptions of the trees that yield these 40 woods.
In between there is quite a bit of useful information on wood, and the history of woodworking. A pretty good introduction to wood for and woodworking. This book will be only modestly useful in identification, since it is limited to naked eye observations of those 40 woods.
I browsed through the 1969 edition and it clearly is from another era (with the chainsaw just being introduced!). I can well imagine that those who equate woodworking with roaring high speed machines may find this quiet book not to their liking.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Bob Fitzsimmons on April 3, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book is very handy when identifying and working with foreign wood, but for domestic wood identification try the United State's Department of Agriculture's "The Encyclopedia of Wood." It's extremely in-depth and informative.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 27, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This book is a gem. It contains actual samples of woods, it is beautifully designed, very informative. Even if you are not a woodworker, and only just an admirer of this endangered item, you will treasure it. A great gift for home or professional woodworker or cabinet maker, furniture and antiques enthusiast, museum curator, or the like.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By T. Tarwood on September 13, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I'm a show me type of person. With these wood chips I can put them next to an item to identify the the wood. It settles a dispute quickly and accurately.
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By Leon Balynski on January 31, 2013
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I don't think the book is very badly outdated, as one of the reviewers wrote.
There's pretty much useful information, which is not out-of-date (for example, the wood formation & structure, it's simply can't be outdated)
I bought it for $9.80, and, suppose it's worth the money I paid.
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This book brings about 40 different trees from the forest to the sawmill, richly written, and has actual wood strips in the front. Quite technical in description of the wood anatomy. Great read if you like woodworking, or wood cutting/burning for that matter.
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