This site includes descriptions and imagery of nearly 60 species of common, and not-so-common, lumber species found throughout the U.S. and Canada. This is the third edition of this site containing nearly twice as many species, higher resolution imagery and more in-depth descriptions of each species. When I first put this site together more than a decade ago, its purpose was to exist as a resource for students in forestry who needed to learn to identify wood as part of their curriculum. Over the years, I began fielding questions from a more diverse audience worldwide including wood workers, carpenters, sawmill managers, historical societies, and archeologists. For this reason, I decided to revise and expand this site. It has been designed to serve both the amateur and experienced person in identifying unknown wood specimens. Whether you are a student, woodworker, scientist, or a layperson with a need to identify wood, I hope you will find this site useful. To learn how to most effectively use this site, please go to the Getting Started section.
Assistant Professor of Forestry
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
The Ranger School
Wanakena, New York
SUNY ESF Ranger School