With just the naked eye and a hand lens or elementary microscopy, you will be able to identify over 180 domestic and tropical hardwoods and softwoods by following the straightforward techniques in this book.
Bruce Hoadley, a professor of wood science and technology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, provides:
- an overview of the wood identification process
- a look at the basic anatomy of woody plants
- hundreds of easy-to-use charts and crystal-clear photographs and microphotographs
- sources of information and materials, and a glossary of all technical terms used in the book
R. Bruce Hoadley has a degree in forestry from the University of Connecticut and a doctorate in wood technology from Yale. He is a former professor of wood science and technology at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He frequently consults for museums and acts as an expert witness at trials. He is also the author of Understanding Wood (The Taunton Press, 1980, 2000) and Identifying Wood (The Taunton Press, 1990).