The first edition of Understanding Wood was published in 1980 and has since sold more than 130,000 copies. It is widely held as a definitive reference work and the cornerstone of every woodworker's library. Now, Bruce Hoadley's comprehensive guide to wood technology has been revised and updated in this 20th-anniversary edition of a classic.
New information on composite materials, adhesives, and finishes brings this book into the 21st century, while more than 300 photographs bring important visual information to life. This edition covers the nature of wood and its properties, the basics of wood technology, and the woodworker's raw materials. Understanding Wood was written for woodworkers by a scientist with a love of woodworking. It will be sought after by craftsmen and collectors alike.
|Publisher:||Taunton Press, Incorporated|
|Edition description:||Revised Edition|
|Product dimensions:||8.90(w) x 10.90(h) x 1.30(d)|
About the Author
R. Bruce Hoadley has a degree in forestry from the University of Connecticut and a doctorate in wood technology from Yale. He is a former professor of wood science and technology at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He frequently consults for museums and acts as an expert witness at trials. He is also the author of Understanding Wood (The Taunton Press, 1980, 2000) and Identifying Wood (The Taunton Press, 1990).
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I bought this book as a reference for my timber framing hobby. It was much better than expected. It reads a bit like a well written text book. Good charts, pictures and diagrams. Obviously written by someone with an engineering background. It is a bit pricey for 250 pages but well worth it in my opinion.
This book is exceptionally comprehensive and authoritative on the subject of wood, and yet written in layman's terms. It is a great reference source for woodworkers.