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I was curious if anyone could suggest book(s) on identifying wood?
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Bruce Hoadley is the best author I've found. His 2 books, Understanding Wood and Identifying Wood are my favorites. Amazon carries them:


Another great resource was started by a member here phinds:

The answer to your question will only be as detailed and specific as the question is detailed and specfic. Good questions also include a sketch or a photo
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I was curious if anyone could suggest book(s) on identifying wood?
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Books would only give you limited help. I think what would be more useful would be to order a set of veneer samples. Often wood looks different in pictures but to have the real thing in your hands would tell a better story.
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I use this as my basic source http://www.wood-database.com/ which they have released in book form.
I also use https://plants.usda.gov/core/profile?symbol=GLTR, good info on all plants

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