Collecting small samples of wood

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Forum topic by CreekOne posted 01-12-2015 11:56 PM 1029 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-12-2015 11:56 PM

I collect wood samples for my Journeyman cabinet, a Xylotheque.
This collection is a somewhat scientific collection and I love donations, at the time of writing I have 400+ species in my collection.
Samples are always welcome, if you can be sure about the species, sizes are 8cm long, 5cm wide and 1cm thick (3” by 2” by 3/8”). I don’t follow the standard IWCS size due to size limitations on the Cabinet, it will be designed for about 2000 samples, maybe more.

Send me a message if you want to help me out, I’m looking a lot for samples of non commercial wood!

Ps. To Admin, maybe this should be in a other forum?

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#1 posted 01-13-2015 12:04 AM

I also have to say that I also try to collect Veneer samples for this project, I intend to add my Veneer collection to the cabinet and I try to collect veneer samples approximately 63×88 mm in size (2.5 by 3.5 inches), these also have to be known by there scientific names and i think that some of you out there have some nice veneers in your leftovers.

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#2 posted 01-13-2015 12:38 AM

Very cool idea! How are you going to organize the samples?

-- Mark Kornell, Kornell Wood Design

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#3 posted 01-13-2015 01:07 AM

At the moment and most likely keep doing so is by genus, family, name A-Z. Veneers I keep in these plastic pockets for trading card games, they fit 9 pockets on A4 size so I can fit 18 samples on a sheet…

I also collect more than one sample if I can get curly, flame, fiddle back, spalted, burl, root, etc…

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#4 posted 01-13-2015 02:07 AM

Aside from feeding your little collecting obsession (harmless), what’s the point?

-- Clint Searl....Ya can no more do what ya don't know how than ya can git back from where ya ain't been

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#5 posted 01-13-2015 12:31 PM

I have the following: ambrosia maple, ash, birdseye maple, bocote, caribbean cherry, katalox, makore, american chestnut, cocobolo, goncalo alves, granadillo, hickory, jatoba, koa, lacewood, purpleheart, redheart, red marblewood, red oak, sapele, yellowheart, shedua and just got some mesquite.

If you would like a sample of any of those, please let me know.

-- You know I'm on the level 'cause my bubble's in the middle.

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#6 posted 01-13-2015 01:23 PM

I have sent you a message. There are some interesting ones on there. They will go on to my Wood of the Day blog series.

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#7 posted 01-16-2015 03:02 PM

Maybe I should post this question on the Garden Tenders forum, what do you think? They might have some smaller trees that they know what it is…

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