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UPDATE: Book Giveaway: The Encyclopedia of Wood

comments (31) August 23rd, 2009 in blogs

BetsyE Betsy Engel, contributor
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The Encyclopedia of Wood from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Skyhorse Publishing, 2007.
$19.95; 496 pp.

The Encyclopedia of Wood was first issued in 1935 and has had a number of revisions, including this complete revision of the 1987 edition. Because the book was written for a broad audience including woodworkers, builders and architects, each chapter provides general information. However, the book is extensive in the topics covers. You’ll learn about the structure of wood including growth rings and chemical composition, as well as the physical properties of wood. Some of the other topics covered include moisture and drying, adhesive bonding, and protection and finishing. If you want to know about wood, inside and out, then you’ll probably like this book.

Lucky PlaneandSimple is the winner of this giveaway. His comment was chosen at random.

Stay tuned for more giveaways to come.

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Comments (31)

GraceAndGrain GraceAndGrain writes: I'm a newbie - would love to know about wood inside and out.
Posted: 12:01 am on August 31st

chipbo chipbo writes: I have a woodworking shop free to seniors...even though they know it all,...I woodn't mind having the real facts
Posted: 8:49 pm on August 26th

lcrobbins lcrobbins writes: Seems to me that it is rather silly to spend considerable time and effort to make an object out of a particular wood without understanding the properties of that species
Posted: 2:41 pm on August 25th

yohann yohann writes: I would love to own that book
Posted: 9:34 am on August 25th

sk2tobin sk2tobin writes: I would love to add this to my collection!
Posted: 9:21 am on August 25th

CanuckGal CanuckGal writes: I wood love to have a copy of this book! Woodn't you?
Posted: 11:42 pm on August 24th

duliano duliano writes: I would love to win this book. I am new to this hobby and trying to learn all that I can.
Posted: 9:06 pm on August 24th

gsulli gsulli writes: I've used this book in civil engineering work. Strongly reccommended.
Posted: 7:21 pm on August 24th

DaveHarrison DaveHarrison writes: When it comes to competitions or give-aways, I must be the unluckiest person ever. However, it still worth trying!
Posted: 7:01 pm on August 24th

D11RDozer D11RDozer writes: This is exactly the type of reference missing from my personal library.
Posted: 6:13 pm on August 24th

baudi baudi writes: Some might say that since I won last week, that I shouldn't win again. They would be wrong.
Posted: 5:28 pm on August 24th

alschwar alschwar writes: Thanks for the chance to win!
Posted: 4:31 pm on August 24th

PapaWhiskey PapaWhiskey writes: I am just getting into woodworking, and would greatly enjoy this book. I spend too much time on the internet, and this book would encourage me to get to bed sooner so that I could spend some time reading (and fall asleep sooner).
Posted: 3:20 pm on August 24th

FluidFurniture FluidFurniture writes: me too, I need it.
Posted: 1:26 pm on August 24th

PlaneandSimple PlaneandSimple writes: I teach a college Dendrology (tree) course - this book would be a terrific addition to the course!
Thanks, Todd
Posted: 11:54 am on August 24th

jjoiner62 jjoiner62 writes: Great looking book. Count me in.

Posted: 10:09 am on August 24th

JLYoung JLYoung writes: One of the beautiful things about woodworking is that you can never learn it all. I'm sure this book will serve as a reminder how little I actually know about the craft we all love. Count me in.
Posted: 7:12 am on August 24th

drumroof drumroof writes: Sure, I'll bite.
Posted: 5:05 am on August 24th

aafosse aafosse writes: would love to have that book.
Posted: 2:35 am on August 24th

ocean8535 ocean8535 writes: I love wood.
Posted: 2:28 am on August 24th

lsteed lsteed writes: This is the must have reference book as far as I am concerned! Please count me in on this draw. I would definitely love to have this one. Thanks
Posted: 11:13 pm on August 23rd

MrHudon MrHudon writes: Would love a copy, thanks
Posted: 8:43 pm on August 23rd

hubiedoo517 hubiedoo517 writes: this book will come in handy for certain wood identification especially the different types of wood some people are substituting for mahogany. I recently ordered some "Genuine" mahogany online and what I got was something I can not even identify. Its really tough stuff that has interlocking grain and some of the boards are very light in weight while others are considerably heavier. Every woodworker should own a book like this. Thanks for the chance to win it...
Posted: 8:13 pm on August 23rd

cs314 cs314 writes: I'm in!
Posted: 7:51 pm on August 23rd

JasonWeaver JasonWeaver writes: I was just looking at this when I stopped by Woodcraft on Friday! A great reference for any collection - especially mine. :)
Posted: 7:09 pm on August 23rd

Bradleyman Bradleyman writes: This book looks interesting enough to show my 11 year old son; an up and coming young master-craftsman.
This book won't remain on our bookshelf, but close at hand near our workbench!
Eagerly waiting your reply:)
Bradleyman & Son
Posted: 6:42 pm on August 23rd

trbush trbush writes: The book looks great. I need to learn a great deal more about the wood can work with.
Posted: 6:07 pm on August 23rd

slydogx slydogx writes: In for this one
Posted: 5:08 pm on August 23rd

AlNavas AlNavas writes: Well, I will love having this one, and let the rest of the folks know how well I like it! In fact, I will even write about it on my blog. Thanks, Betsy!

Posted: 5:05 pm on August 23rd

bruno2you bruno2you writes: Excellent reference book. We could sure use one for our Library at the Kansas City Woodworkers' Guild.
Posted: 3:21 pm on August 23rd

woodzealot woodzealot writes: Looks like a very useful reference. Clearing space on my bookshelf now... not being a little presumptuous am I?
Posted: 2:53 pm on August 23rd

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