The Wood Dictionary:
A new (old) book

COVID-19 has presented a number of challenges (e.g., paper shortages) in getting books reprinted, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still get a physical copy of everything that makes The Wood Database so unique.

Now available


With around 600 species currently on the site, that’s only about one fourth of my total collection represented. There’s a lot more room to grow! But I’m always on the lookout for new woods. Let me know if you’ve got something interesting that you’d like to donate to the site; or else perhaps we could trade wood samples too!


Wood Filter

Search, sort, and filter hundreds of woods from across the globe and break out of the ordinary!

Wood Identification Guide

A common-sense, step by step guide to help point you in the right direction and start identifying wood.

World’s Strongest Woods

There’s more to wood strength than merely hardness. Let’s find and compare the strength index of over 400 woods!

Wood Allergies and Toxicity

Should you really be inhaling all that wood dust?

Drying Wood at Home

Convert a standing or downed tree on your property into useable, dried timber.

Differences Between Hard and Soft Maple

Find out exactly how each maple species stacks up—and how to tell most species of soft maple apart from hard maple.

Distinguishing Red and White Oak

Learn to tell these two common woods apart with a few simple tricks.