Bunner Wood Collection

Samples from the Bunner collection as they were first unpacked.
This collection was generously donated over the summer of 2021 by Tim Deahl. At the time of receiving it, the collection more or less doubled the amount of samples in my collection!
It took several months to process, label, alphabetize and categorize all the specimens. More than likely, it will take many more years to actually photograph and add the woods to the website.

Facts about the collection

  • Total samples received 1713
  • Samples completely new to me 1175
  • Samples that were an upgrade over existing samples 93
  • Samples that will be retained for reference because of unique grain, color, etc. 41
  • Samples that were duplicates 388
  • Unidentified samples 7
  • Discarded/misidentified samples 4
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. 
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