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The woodworker's definitive guide to identifying wood is now even bigger and better!
Terry Porter's unique and visually dazzling handbook has always been indispensable for every woodworker and this new edition adds 17 species of lumber not included before, bringing the list up to a grand total of 400! Plus, there's a new section displaying a variety of decorative figuring, information on wood defects and potential health hazards, and an enlarged glossary. Wonderful full-color pictures give close-up views of the various wood grains, while the main section showcases more than 200 woods used in cabinetmaking, joinery, carpentry, turning, carving, and a host of specialist applications; another 200 receive shorter listings. Every featured wood is illustrated and described in detail, with invaluable facts on its working properties, seasoning requirements, durability, and typical uses.
Every woodworker, professional or amateur, needs this unique and visually dazzling handbook, which brings together a remarkable amount of practical information on todays most important lumbers and gives a wonderful full-color, close-up view of the various grains. Created by the former editor of the best-selling Woodturning magazine, and aimed at the craftsperson, it features a main section with more than 200 woods used in cabinetmaking, joinery, carpentry, turning, carving, and a host of specialist applications; in addition, another 200 receive shorter listings in the back. Every featured wood, from abura to ziricote, is illustrated and described in detail, with invaluable facts on its working properties, seasoning requirements, durability, typical uses, and even the health risks it can pose. A Selection of the F&W Book Clubs
About the Author
Terry Porter was born and raised in Cambridge, England. His lifelong interest in wood, and working with wood, was instilled in him from an early age by his father. Terry spent many years as a teacher and examiner in English as a Foreign Language, both in Britain and abroad. During the period he took up woodturning, which furthered his interest in wood and particularly in the many different species suitable for turning. Combining his skills in woodwork, photography and writing, he went on to write many articles for woodworking magazines. His period as editor of GMC's Woodturning Magazine
gave him a deeper interest in 'woody' matters and the world of woodworking. He now works as a freelance writer, and is a regular contributor to several of GMC's woodworking magazines.
Terry lives in a Victorian farmhouse in a village near Cambridge, where he has his workshop and a lovely old barn to store his wood in.