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Identifying wood
Feb 18th, 2012 at 9:44am
 
To ID wood properly, you need to examine a few things.

They are:
1) The heartwood
2) The bark
3) The leaf
4) The fruit or flower
5) Some will also say a close up of the face grain and the end grain.
6) And Finally, where it grows.

On some occasions, a person might be able to get away with identifying a common wood with the first two or three of these items.

Here are two good books on identifying wood

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Reply #1 - Nov 8th, 2012 at 3:41pm
 
I have the Audubon book. It is a great book with keys based on leaves that greatly shortens the search.
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Re: Identifying wood
Reply #2 - Nov 27th, 2012 at 11:29am
 
Just thought I would share this info. Another great book is the Handbook of The Trees of the Northern States and Canada by Romeyn Beck Hough. My father-in-law was president of Forestry Products for Kerr-McGee and I have his volume. It has photographic illustrations of leaves, fruits, bark, wood grain and a map of the region in which the tree can be found. IT also provides a lot more detail about each tree than I care to know.
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Re: Identifying wood
Reply #3 - Nov 30th, 2012 at 9:42am
 
In Kansas the University of Kansas publishes a book titled "Trees, Shrubs and Woody Vines in Kansas".   It has pix & descriptions of leaves, fruit, buds, bark.  There's also a range map of what counties the tree is found in.   The one downside to the book is that the photos are in black & white.   I think other universities publish something similar.

I might have to put the Audubon book on my wish list.
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