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This attractive book illustrates the veneer and discusses the wood of 267 species of trees from all over the world, and comments on several hundred more. Entries consist of standard name, scientific name, plant family, commercial and vernacular names, distribution, a general description, mechanical properties, seasoning, working properties, durability, and uses. Due to the arrangement, alphabetically by standard names instead of by family and genus, related species are scattered (e.g., ebonies appear in four places; rosewoods in five). But the combination of concise information and excellent full-color photographs, produced natural size, will make this a much used reference for hobbyist and professional alike. Annette Aiello, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Panama
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.