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The Woodbook: The Complete Plates (Taschen 25th Anniversary) Hardcover – July 1, 2007
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Each wood, with very few exceptions, show the wood as it appears in transverse (end grain), radial (quartersawn), and tangential (plainsawn) sections. These specimens were provided by Kew Gardens in the UK, and add a little information of their own: the UK-English name of each tree (in addition to the US-English), German and French again, and in Spanish - often different the different names used in different Spanish-speaking regions. In many cases, the tree's leaves, flowers, and fruit or seed are also illustrated in line drawings taken from Sargent's magnum opus from the same era, "Silva of North America."
Since the descriptions are now over 100 years old, usages may look odd. Acorns, for example, no longer find wide use as human food, and only sugar-maple's sap still has much use in cooking. A few notes are painfully up to date, though. Many species were described as diminishing because of over-harvest even then, and the loss of old-growth forests was already a concern.
Other books give better descriptions of how the wood accepts machining, glue, or fasteners, and potential health risks in handling the wood and its sawdust. No matter, this is an outstanding resource and a visual delight. I recommend it to anyone passionate about wood and its beauty.
I could also see where environmentalists and outdoorsmen would find valuble.
Presentation is superb and the case even sounds like wood when you knock it.
I saw the book at Paris last opened museum, the Quai Branly, but due to the weight I waited until I came back.
You can not miss it with this book.
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Amazing collection of everything one could want to know about the different species of wood!! Great resource for the hobby woodworker!Published 16 months ago by Woodturner007
A most excellent reference book to use to differentiate the different types of woodPublished 18 months ago by David Reitz
Bought it as a gift for my hubby who does woodworking as a hobby. It is one of his favorite presents yet. Very cool book!Published on January 12, 2014 by jky
The listing on Amazon's site was a little confusing and was not clear that I was ordering an 'English' edition. Read morePublished on May 17, 2013 by Dan Reid
I thought I could compare unknown wood to the plates. I do not see how that would be possibIe. I guess I need Hoadleys book and a magnifier for that. Read morePublished on December 28, 2012 by RocBiz
This book is really a great accomplishment and a treasure to have in reprint. As a trained forester, I would recommend this to any person with a strong interest in forestry or... Read morePublished on November 4, 2011 by leecountyhokie
Good for identifying stacks of wood in the barn and down in the basement. Great for putting my ass to sleep at night.Published on November 2, 2011 by Thomas J. Stevenson
For all those who love fine wood, this is a great book, well worth the cost and effort. Do it!Published on October 25, 2011 by Linda