The Wood Dictionary: A New (Old) Book

Why is the “WOOD!” book still out of stock?

UPDATE AS OF 10/4/2021 The short explanation is that COVID has caused a lot of disruptions and shortages, and in addition to the wild fluctuations seen in construction lumber recently, there’s also been a shortage of paper. Since June, the ETA of when the sixth printing of the book would be finished has been pushed back from mid-July 2021 to October, and now in October, it seems like the completion of this print run is just as distant as it was this summer. It’s frustrating.

A workaround

With the option of a traditional, large-scale print run of my book seemingly in constant limbo, I’ve turned to the world of POD (print-on-demand). Rather than printing books in bulk, each book is instead printed and bound one at a time as orders come in. This print method comes with both benefits and drawbacks.


  • Interior text is identical to the most up-to-date version of the WOOD! book (in this case, it will match the yet-to-be-released sixth printing).
  • Printed in (or near) your country of origin, greatly reducing global shipping costs and making the book available internationally.
  • Wood grain images are slightly crisper and sharper (though the paper used is matte instead of glossy)


  • Softcover format (hardcover version is financially not yet feasible with this print technology)
  • Increased price (due to the nature of the print-on-demand method vs printing at scale)


Just to clarify, with the exception of the pros and cons outlined above, this book is more or less identical to my existing “WOOD!” book (please see this page for a list of all the wood species included in the book). If you already own that book, there’s really no compelling reason to pick this book up as well. But because this is meant to be more of a stopgap measure in this crazy COVID time, I’ve chosen to publish this book under a different title and ISBN. Don’t let that difference confuse you: it’s still the same chapters, same page count, same woods covered, etc. in both books.

Get a copy nearest you from Amazon:

Keep in mind that all copies of the book are in the English language and are not translations.