Wood: Identification and Use Hardcover – 12 Oct 2006
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About the Author
A professional woodworker and former editor of GMC s best-selling Woodturning magazine, Terry Porter has brought a lifetime s practical experience to the writing of this book.
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Each page contains a picture of the wood, a description, it's properties, seasoning, durabilty and typical uses. Along with a drawing of the tree, its leaves and flower/fruit/seed. other common names and where it grows. lt also has an imediate identification symbol if it is a hard or softwood. It's amazing how often I pick up and refer to this book. I highly recommend this book for anyone who works with wood or who is interested in woods.
The book is very well organised in sections, with several ways of finding the particular wood species you are looking for, and details on the possible hazards from working with every type of wood (which are not easy to find anywhere else, and extremely useful to know!). The illustrations are very nice and really helpful as well, and the hard cover makes it extra sturdy, useful when you need to refer to the book regularly!
However by far the best way that I have found of identifying wood in the workshop is to view under a magnifier the end grain of the wood. This book does not give photographs of the end grain so it's use for me at least in actually identifying wood is limited.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I found the book interesting but designed for the american market leaving me wanting more on woods available in Europe.Published 6 months ago by Alan Y.
Found the book very useful and informative, would recommend this book.Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
Book one would not normally come across, but a splendid edition indeed, absolutely brilliant, and gorgeous to look at!Published 20 months ago by alison turner
Very informative book, especially about the health hazards of the various types of wood.Published 20 months ago by Mr. M. B. Pomroy