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Chapter 08: Comments on, and additional information for, wood identificationAuthor(s): Alex C. Wiedenhoeft
Source: In: Identification of Central American Woods. 2011. Forest Products Society, Madison, WI. Publication #7215-11, ISBN 978-1-892529-58-9. pp. 159-163.
Publication Series: Book Chapter
Station: Forest Products Laboratory
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DescriptionThis manual has described the theory of identification (Chapter 1), the botanical basis of wood structure (Chapter 2), the use of a hand lens (Chapter 3), how to use cutting tools to prepare wood for observation with a lens (Chapter 4), and the characters used in hand lens wood identification (Chapter 5) before leading you through an identification key (Chapter 6) and species description pages (Chapter 7). I hope that by this point you have developed a greater understanding of the principles and practice of field wood identification. Having spent considerable time and effort learning the rudiments of this scientific and artistic discipline, you may now have many additional questions. Below I attempt to answer some of the questions I have anticipated and direct you to additional resources if what is offered below does not fully satisfy your curiosity.
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CitationWiedenhoeft, Alex C. 2011. Chapter 08: Comments on, and additional information for, wood identification. InIn: Identification of Central American Woods. 2011. Forest Products Society, Madison, WI. Publication #7215-11, ISBN 978-1-892529-58-9. pp. 159-163.
Keywordswood identification, hand lens, Central America, Central American woods, commercial timber, pattern recognition, wood identification process, biology of wood, wood anatomy, wood structure, scientific names, loupe, macroscopic, sample preparation, surfacing, cutting, characters, vessels, rays, parenchyma, identification key, species description, similar woods, species summaries, wood collection, wood identification references, InsideWood
- Chapter 03: Correct use of a hand lens
- Chapter 05: Basic characters used in the identification of wood with a hand lens
- Chapter 04: Bloodless wood specimen preparation for hand lens observation
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