Looking for good books on wood
May 18, 2009 8:38 AM Subscribe
Woodworkers of MeFi, what reference books about wood do you recommend? Please note that I'm not looking for books on the craft of woodworking so much as for reference books on the varieties of wood and their properties.
posted by orange swan to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (11 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
My dad is an accomplished and avid woodworker. He's also more or less obsessed with wood and trees and and will talk about wood for hours on end if he can find a family member to listen to him (usually he can't, and can you blame us). Whenever he and my mother travel he brings back samples of wood, such as pieces of whiskey barrels from Scotland. If anyone in my family cuts down a tree he's there to get some of it. He made an hourglass out of my cousin's lilac bush, and it was gorgeous — pale wood with delicate purple veins.
I just ordered The Wood Book: the Complete Plates, by Romeyn Hough
for my father's birthday because he's been wanting it for years, but browsing through other books on the topic on Amazon leads me to ask, what other books might he like? I understand The Wood Book
just covers American trees, and certainly he'd be interested in something more international. I can be pretty sure he'd like a number of the books I saw on Amazon, but I'm hoping to get personal recommendations from woodworkers based on familiarity with reference books they use and love.