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.