Guide to the Properties and Uses of Southern African Wood is a fully illustrated, scientifically accurate guide to the characteristics, properties and uses of wood from 140 Southern African tree species.
- Species treatments include information on conservation status, uses, mechanical properties, durability, identification features, woodworking properties and comments from wood users on workability.
- Photographs of tree bark, untreated and treated wood, end-grain macrographs, as well as worked items.
- Provides information on historical uses, where trees grow, availability and sustainability of the wood and the practicalities of harvesting and processing.
- Superior quality text and excellent reproduction and printing.
The only commercially available book which focuses on the properties of Southern African wood, written in a style that will appeal to a wide audience: professional woodworkers, designers, architects, wood dealers and wood collectors, hobbyists, botanists and anyone interested in trees and wood.
Stephanie Dyers interest in wood led to a career in wood science. She also provides a wood identification and timber information service and runs workshops on wood identification.
Barry James is an ecologist and environmental consultant, who runs an environmental consultancy. He has always had a passion for wood and woodworking and this, combined with is interest in plant ecology led him to start collecting and trading indigenous South African woods.
Danielle James runs an environmental consultancy in partnership with her husband Barry James. She is passionate about getting others excited about the diversity and beauty of South African Indigenous woods.