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Wood: Identification and Use Hardcover – 12 Oct 2006

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: GMC Publications; 2Rev Ed edition (12 Oct. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1861084366
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861084361
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 2.5 x 27.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 124,061 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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I bought this book for my partner, who is an amatuer wood turner. The bookis full of descripitions and photos of many, many, many different woods ,and their uses. It tells you what woods don't glue well - which ones areuse for particle board, where the tree grows, what the "natives" call it,how big the tree is, how it is seasoned, how it is cut etc etc etc. It'sreally very nice for us "ordinary" folk too - and if you are aninformation addict it is superb. (I would have said "trivia" addict - buttrivia this is not!) This book was bought as a late present as I had towait for it to be published - but wait was well worth it. Nothing in thebook disappointed me.
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I must admit I was a bit swayed to buy this book by the two 5* reviews it got! I'm really glad I did buy it!! If you're into wood in anyway this is a fantastic reference book! It's got some really good sections all about wood, how it grows and it's structure etc plus it has a seperate index of 'Common' names so you dont have to be an expert in latin!
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.
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My partner is a craftsman, always sculpting something wonderful with his hand, be it made from metal, glass, plastic, wood whatever. However I always find his wood to be the best piece. Marvelously crafted to painstaking detail, he really knows how to put a smile on my face. He is always interested in getting to know the raw materials so he can use them to their best - and this book really gives him a good insight on the variety of wood available, and how best to use it. He cetainly knows how to use his wood, I can tell you. I definitely recommend it. So go on, give your man Wood : Identification and Use.
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This book is a must-have for wood enthusiasts and professionals alike. It was a present for my partner, who is a luthier, and he uses it constantly. There are some very good online resources for wood identification and properties, but none as handy and concise as this book, plus sometimes you don't have the time to browse the internet when you're in the workshop!

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!
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This is a beautifully produced book, the cover illustration alone is enough to make you buy it. The content is clearly set out, the information erudite without being obscure, giving details about the uses , and origins of every wood. and the additional information about the possible side effects of working with a particular wood is very useful. The Wood turner for whom I bought this book was thrilled with it. My husband whos interest is in the trees and their uses rather than a practicle application was so impressed with this book that I have had to buy him a copy too.
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I purchased this book for my husband who has taken up woodturning. He loves it, very informative . When he goes to the local wood yard there are many different woods, this book covers them all, so very useful.
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The used state was only a label it was the contains that mattered ,i can honestly say i will become the christmass bore with my knowledge of wood from around the world Next will an indepth study of British hardwoods
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This is a very well presented book it has a nice binding and more importantly it explains the growth and processing of wood very well and details an extremely wide variety of timber, including uses, weight, texture origin etc and gives illustrations of each tree, it's fruit and its wood in various finishes.

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.
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