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Rare Reading: Hough's American Woods

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Kim Steiner made me aware of a most unusual opportunity for the discriminating wood/book collector.

The Society of American Foresters, through the auction house of Bonham's of San Francisco, is offering for sale an original set of Romeyn Beck Hough's reference classic, The American Woods, with an expected selling price of $20,000 to $30,000. These books, which feature thin veneers of 324 species of wood found in United States in the 19th century, were subscribed to and purchased in individual volumes, most often by public libraries. However, complete fourteen-volume sets are extremely rare nowadays, thus the extreme price they bring at auction.


These books have a great history history.
"This remarkable work was the lifetime achievement of Romeyn B. Hough, who devoted himself to the study of American trees, and who is best known for his Handbook of Trees of the Northern States and Canada, long a standard reference work in American dendrology. In this work, Hough sought to de…

Wood Is Alive!

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Some have complained that cutting down a tree is killing a living organism. Philosophically, perhaps, it may be, although stump and root sprouting are scientific contradictions to that notion.  It's awfully hard to kill a maple forest with an axe.

Xylophiles (the Latin word for "wood-lovers") have always understood that wood is alive. Remember when Tess and I peered into that Australian blackwood table top in Bungendore, New South Wales? It was like peering into a dark, deep pool of water that sparkled with mystery. And what about that Sam Maloof rocker I filmed in Palm Desert? You can't watch that clip and tell me that chair isn't alive.

Well, wood artist Keith Skretch found a new way to illustrate the living spirit in wood. Watch and marvel. Thanks to the Woodworking Network and Keith Skretch for sharing.


Waves of Grain from Keith Skretch on Vimeo.

Mr. Skretch tells us that...
"To create this strata-cut animation, I planed down a block of wood one layer at a…

It's That Time Again to Start Thinking about Wood Heat

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Well, maybe not down where you live, but The Wife and I were sitting out shivering at the public pool yesterday watching Little Rays #6 and #7 swimming. Yes, here at least, the autumn chill is starting to settle in, and of course, any logical person's thoughts turn to heating, and whether or not the wood pile is large enough.

More of that in future posts. This time, though, is a nice little video from the folks at the Biomass Energy Resource Center (BERC) up in Vermont, where winter and wood heating go hand-in-glove. Thanks to Adam Sherman of the center who shared this nice video with us.



Ahhh, I can already smell the hot cider! :-)

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