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Identifying Wood: Accurate Results With Simple Tools Hardcover – October 1, 1990
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About the Author
R. Bruce Hoadley has a degree in forestry from the University of Connecticut and a doctorate in wood technology from Yale. He is a former professor of wood science and technology at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He frequently consults for museums and acts as an expert witness at trials. He is also the author of Understanding Wood (The Taunton Press, 1980, 2000) and Identifying Wood (The Taunton Press, 1990).
Top Customer Reviews
Actually I began with an understatement: this book would be a steal at twice the price!
I love wood and was looking for a book that would teach me more about it and help identify it. This book does all that but it was too complicated and difficult to understand. I found myself staring at his pictures trying to see what he was explaining and not being able to translate the words to the pictures. I think if you are taking a college course in wood identification this would be perfect but for a casual reader who wants an easy way of identifying wood - stay away.
I have found other books that explain it more simply and had I read those first this book might have been better but as it stands- you really need more then casual knowledge to get the most from this book. I found it hard to read and I skimmed sections. This is a difficult subject and he is the world authority. I wish he had explained in layman terms how to identify wood. I also wish he had created a simple decision tree that we could follow to get to the final results. I don't expect to be able to identify rare and obscure woods but I thought I would do better on simple woods.
You do need to also purchase a 10X loupe to get any use out of this book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I only wished he had a glossary of thumbnail illustrations of all the wood types so a person could look through the glossary and find a similar grain pattern to what they have. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Cris Deraud
After reading this book, I was successfully able to identify and differentiate wood from styrofoam. Yep, it's wood!Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book was bought as a gift and had to be returned due to damages in shipping. However, I located another one in time for the gift and it was received quite well. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Paul
This book is easy to read and gives good information on the science of wood identification. I am a professional woodworker and have used this information several times in... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Milt