Wood samples are the lifeblood of The Wood Database! If you’d like to contribute one or more samples, please keep the following in mind:

What I’m looking for

Any new wood sample that isn’t currently on the site.

Special priority will be given to woods that are commercially available (versus obscurer woods) somewhere in the world.

Preferred wood size is standard IWCS sample size of 6″ x 3″ x 1/2″ (that is, six inches long, three inches wide, and a half inch thick).

There are all kinds of species that I’m looking for, but among them are:

  • Acacia excelsa
  • Acacia peuce
  • Adansonia digitata
  • Aeschynomene aspera
  • Aeschynomene elaphroxylon
  • Aniba rosaeodora
  • Cavanillesia platanifolia
  • Combretum schumannii
  • Dialium guianense

What I’m not looking for

Any wood sample that is already on the site, with some exceptions—such as if the grain, color, figure, or some other property of the wood is noteworthy or  deserving of special attention on the site (e.g., birdseye maple). Endangered species or trees that are otherwise illegal to cut down. I recognize that there are many legitimate sources of these woods, or samples that were harvested or collected prior to its being given restricted status. Basically, I do not want to encourage anyone to freshly fell trees that are endangered or otherwise restricted for the sake of the project. Samples that are significantly smaller than the specified 6″ x 3″ x 1/2″ size. Overseas shipping can be costly, so I am unable to offer reimbursement of shipping charges unless an adequate amount of samples are sent (usually at least four to six) to make the shipment reasonably cost efficient.

If shipping cost is an issue, I am able to reimburse you for any shipping expenses incurred via PayPal if needed: just let me know if you’d like for me to cover this in your message.

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