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Book celebrates, illustrates wide world of wood

"The Real Wood Bible: The Complete Illustrated Guide to Choosing and Using 100 Decorative Woods," by Nick Gibbs. Published 2005 by Firefly Books, $29.95. (The Spokesman-Review)
Cheryl-Anne Millsap

Most homeowners are familiar with the basic types of wood used in ordinary homes: Ash, Oak, Maple, Fir and Pine. But “The Real Wood Bible: The Complete Illustrated Guide to Choosing and Using 100 Decorative Woods,” by Nick Gibbs, expands the choices by introducing more varieties that are native to the United States, and includes exotic wood from other parts of the world.

Woods like Afzelia, which comes from sub-Saharan Africa, Peroba Roza from Brazil, Spanish chestnut from Europe and Madrone, which can be found in the Northwest United States, are included.

Each variety is detailed with its strengths and weakness listed, as well as availability and sustainability. The spiral-bound book is divided into sections under the “Wood Directory,” and includes photos of wood varieties - finished and unfinished - and a list of key characteristics,

More than a guidebook for woodworkers, The Real Wood Bible is an excellent resource for homebuilders, crafters and others who’d like to learn more about what’s growing on around the world.

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