- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: The Crowood Press Ltd; New edition edition (24 April 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1861268475
- ISBN-13: 978-1861268471
- Product Dimensions: 17 x 1.2 x 23.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,474,083 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
100 Woods: A Guide to Popular Timbers of the World Paperback – 24 Apr 2006
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About the Author
Peter Bishop has over thirty years' experience in all aspects of the timber industry. He is a Certificated Member of the Institute of Wood Science. He has written many articles for the popular woodworking press.
Top Customer Reviews
Unfortunately any effect the book might have is spoiled by the photographs. Nobody thought to prepare the woods before photographs were taken: the wood surfaces were not cut or planed but sanded (truly horrible!). Maybe this was done to please the many woodworkers who never get to see wood in its true splendor, but consistently hide the wood to hand by sanding everything. Although the photographs are not entirely worthless they are not one tenth of what they might be.
Following the introduction the book goes imeadiately onto specific woods describing their general appearance, physical properties, general use, and the occasional anecdote. Written descriptions are supported by excellent colour photographs of radial, tangential, and cross sections of the wood in question. Additional photographs of pieces showing the final finishes obtainable would have been ideal.
I personally would like/need to have more detail on how the main trunk and branches of a tree are cut to give different types of planking, cross-sections and the purpose that these typical cuts are used for (especially what not to use them for), so a seperate chapter briefly outlining the use of timber in woodworking, particularly turning, cabinetmaking and joinery would be greatly appreciated.
Overall a good introduction to woods that I have never heard of, which has given me an appreciation of what they look like and how to start using them. What I would like to find now, is this book with more information given in the text (as described above), including photographs of the woods 'in use' for which I would willingly pay significantly more. However, I appreciate that it must be difficult to satisfy all individual requirements.
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