208 pages, 800+ colour photos
Australian Rainforest Woods describes 141 of the most significant Australian rainforest trees and their wood. The introductory sections draw the reader into an understanding of the botanical, evolutionary, environmental, historical and international significance of this beautiful but finite Australian resource. The main section examines the species and their wood with photographs, botanical descriptions and a summary of the characteristics of the wood. A section on wood identification includes fundamental information on tree growth and wood structure, as well as images of the basic characteristics.
With more than 800 colour images, this is the most comprehensive guide ever written on Australian rainforest woods, both for the amateur and the professional wood enthusiast. It is the first time that macrophotographs of the wood have been shown in association with a physical description of wood characteristics, which will aid identification.
"[...] This is a book probably best recommended to the dedicated wood-worker, and especially the hobbyist who is genuinely interested in what Australia has to offer. [...]"
– Robert Hill, Australian Systematic Botany Society Newsletter 167, June 2016
"this book may be the most comprehensive guide ever written on Australian rainforest woods."
– Australian Wood Review, 2015
Rainforest Species used for their Woods
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Morris Lake worked for the Queensland Department of Primary Industries from 1961 to 1998. Since retiring in 1998, he has served in the International Wood Collectors Society (IWCS) as AustralAsian Regional Trustee (2002–04) and Publications Chairman (2004–07). He has written several books, including Australian Trees and Shrubs, and previously edited the IWCS journals World of Wood and Down Under. He has produced, authored or co-authored over 450 publications.