All of the wood ident sites that I've found on the net up to this
point are merely big repositories of pictures and info, but with only
a big page of links to each wood's page. Click on "Elm" and it takes
you to a page with lots of info about elm. Click on "Beech", and you
get all you ever wanted to know about beech.
But what if you don't know WHAT you've got? What if you're trying to
"identify" the wood?
Well, the only resource I have that comes close to that is a book
called "What Wood is That?". It's the only one I know of that lets you
look at the properties of what you're trying to identify and then look
in the book for some clues as to what it is.
What color is it, white, yellow, grey, brown? Is it two colors or one?
What's the second color? How distinct are the rings? Are the medulary
rays well-defined or not-so? Are the pores visible at all? If not, are
they in rings, or diffuse throughout the sample?
The only problem with this book, however, is that you have to do a lot
of flipping around to check each property of the wood... and you need
a piece of paper to keep track of all of the woods as you rule some
out with each next property of your mystery wood.
What's really needed is an online database where you could enter in
all of the info about the rays, the pores, the rings, the colors, etc.
and then the database would find the likely suspects for you.
I can create something like this myself... but, before I do, I figure
I should ask: Does anybody know of something like this already out