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on 28 May 1999
While the book could have been a little more dense it was a good read overall. I would have liked to have seen more focus on North American hardwoods, but that aside the book was very informative. About 150 different woods are described in detail with acompaning pictures. There is also a nice section on fine furniture. This book is an excellent introduction into the world of wood working and would make a fine gift for anyone with even a passing interest in that direction.
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on 11 February 2001
This is a very nicely printed coffee table book, with beautiful photographs. It is quite suitable as an introduction to what can be done with wood, and what wood has meant to man all through history.
However it would not do to actually read this book, there are far too many errors in it. As an encyclopedia, well if it were not so sad it would be laughable. Anybody interested in the history of wood use is advised to look up "The_International_book_of_Wood" (1976). Anybody wanting an introduction into working with wood can try the "Collins_Good_Wood_Guide".
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on 28 August 1998
This is a truly comprehensive encyclopedia, liberally illustrated with large photographs--a must for any wood lover. It includes precise descriptions of grain, pattern, figure and color, as well as the relevant harvesting locations, processes and uses. Interesting historical tidbits also add to its richness. Attributes such as stiffness, density, workability, crushing strength, and hardness are specified for each wood. It is a remarkable and beautiful book that I STRONGLY recommend.
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on 22 November 2011
First class condition very informative a must for all intrested
in differant woods with clear pictures and descriptions
I bought this book second hand in near perfect condition
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on 13 May 2016
A fantastic book for those who want to know more about the wood we use from trees.
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on 19 February 2015
My best recommendation!
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