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Woodworking gone viral. The cover of Hoadley's classic book has become an internet meme.
I’m guessing that just about every woodworker knows who Bruce Hoadley is. His books Identifying Wood and Understanding Wood are fantastic resources for furniture makers. He also was a Fine Woodworking contributing editor. And by all accounts, not a likely target for the anonymous hive mind of the internet. But it seems Hoadley has achieved a bit of fame as a meme. What’s a meme you ask? Typically, it’s an image (often with text superimposed over it) that goes viral. The website reddit is a hotbed of memes and I recently came across the picture above while browsing it. I find it humorous, but perhaps that’s because I’ve heard the same joke at least once or twice around the office. I know Taunton publishes the book (and I probably shouldn’t take any jabs at it), but that cover does invite “Yep, it’s wood.”
By the way, there is a nice woodworking subreddit that’s worth a check.
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I've read this edition, good information. It is critical to ensure you have the correct type of wood before starting your project.
Identifying the proper species of wood BEFORE you start your project, is vital. It's almost comical how many people will just grab any old scrap laying around and try to build from there. I love certain pieces and textures, a lot of the time it's even the smell too.
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With all of the pseudo-wood surrounding us these days, you really do need a magnifier to be sure that something actually is wood.
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