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The Commercial Woods of Africa: A Descriptive Full-Color Guideby Peter Phongphaew
Synopses & Reviews
An indispensible resource for timber importers, architects, interior designers, and woodworkers, this guide to the woods of Africa contains details that have traditionally been difficult to obtain. Each entry contains the common trade name of the wood, its botanical name, the family name, and other local and vernacular names. Also listed are the geographical range of the tree, a physical description, and the best applications of the wood. Each entry is accompanied by a color photograph of the wood, as well as a table giving various physical properties, such as shrinkage, weight, bending strength, and compression strength.
Book News Annotation:
Phongphaew (a consultant to the international timber) pictorially surveys Africa's commercial timbers for those involved in the timber trade. He presents an alphabetical list of woods, with entries containing information on English and African names, geographic range and habitat, tree description, wood description (with information pertinent to wood working and construction), properties and applications, and uses. Entries also feature photos of the woods veneer. Before the listings, he offers chapters describing the general situation for wood in Africa and discussing mechanical properties and applications. Also included are a table of uses and commercial and botanical indexes.
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Descriptions and color plates of 90 commercial African woods.
About the Author
Peter Phongphaew is the owner of Global Exotic Hardwood, a company that exports timber from various regions of the world. He has extensive knowledge about the identification, harvesting, and uses of a wide range of woods found throughout the world.
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