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Title: Wood identification and pattern recognition

Source: In: Identification of Central American woods. Madison, WI: Forest Products Society: 7-10. Chapter 1.

Author(s)Wiedenhoeft, Alex C.

Publication Year: 2011  View PDF »

Category: Book Chapter

Abstract: Wood identification is a combination of art and science. Although the bulk of this manual focuses on the scientific characteristics used to make accurate field identifications of wood, the contribution of the artistic component to the identification process should be neither overlooked nor understated. Though the accumulation of scientific knowledge and experience is necessary for wood identification, the mind processes this information in a way that melds scientific knowledge with a more artistic perception of the structures used to identify the wood. There is nothing specific that you have to do to train yourself in the artistic aspects of wood identification; your mind will do this automatically. It is a thing that will come with time and practice, and it will grow organically with your growing expertise and proficiency with the technical and scientific aspects. These scientific aspects, on the other hand, will come only with diligent study and practice and the rigorous application of your attention; it is not as easy as the artistic portion of the process.

Publication Review Process: Non-Refereed (Other)

File size: 27,648 kb(s)

Date posted: 03/05/2018
RITS Product ID: 89674
Current FPL Scientist associated with this product
Wiedenhoeft, Alex C.
Research Botanist

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