The samples were collected from the late 1950s to the mid 1980s and feature specimens from very well known wood collections and collectors. For instance, Dick Bunner notes trading with a New Zealand collector in the 1960s named George Day. Today, that man’s collection is simply known as The George Day Collection
, but back then it was trading with just another wood collector.
Other notable sources for the wood samples include: Stearns Collection, Yale collection (now known as the Samuel J Record Wood Collection
), as well as many government forest laboratories across the globe.
It’s also of interest to note that even though I never met or knew Dick Bunner, it appears from his collection that he shared in my interest in collecting conifer species. For instance, I had already amassed 45 different species of pine myself, but his collection contained a whopping 78 different species, 44 of which were completely new to my collection.
Very cool. How did Tim Deahl come to own/control the collection?
I’m not 100% sure on all the details, but I know that Dick Bunner passed away around 2014 and choose to pass his collection on to Tim at the time. Both either were or had been members of IWCS (International Wood Collectors Society), so I believe that’s where they initially connected.
Is there an App available for smart phones? This would be a useful tool when shopping for wood at a local wood supplier.
Sorry, no app available.