This guide to over 200 wood species explains their working properties, seasoning requirements, typical uses and safety conditions. There is also valuable information on wood defects and potential health hazards. From the very common to the exquisitely exotic, Porter explains and shows their leaves, fruit and flowers while discussing cabinetmaking, joinery, carpentry, turning and carving. Copyright 2012. Softcover, 288 pages, 402 photos and 223 drawings.