I’ve been interested in collecting woods for a long time. The International Wood Collectors Society is the premier collectors organization, and they promulgate a “standard sample block” measuring 6″ x 3″ x 1/2″. The smaller IWCS-size samples are much cheaper than these wooden “books” offered by Worlds Wood Library, but there’s no denying the elegance of this idea as a display. The common name is cut into the book’s “spine,” and the latin binomial into its “cover.”

Blue wood exists!

Sean Michael Ragan

Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I am a long-time contributor to MAKE magazine and My work has also appeared in ReadyMade, c’t – Magazin für Computertechnik, and The Wall Street Journal.

  • Dave

    Beautiful library “books”!
    I like the idea, too bad WWL didn’t know that the species component of the binomial is always lower case…


  • loondawg

    Similar idea done many years ago. However these books are about the trees and not just the wood.