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 900 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 technique was developed by Jean-Claude Cerre, France, and his macrophotographs are included in the book.
Over 800 colour images
Species descriptions, including a summary of the characteristics of the wood
A section on wood identification, including fundamental information on tree growth and wood structure
First time that macrophotographs of wood have been shown in association with a physical description of wood characteristics. This technique was developed by Jean-Claude Cerre, France, and his macrophotographs are published on pages 165-202 of this book.
The photographs on pages 122 and 142 should be replaced with these
Rainforest Species used for their Woods
Hobbyists and wood enthusiasts
Woodworking teachers and schools
Commercial timber marketers and technologists in Australia and overseas
"this book may be the most comprehensive guide ever written on Australian rainforest woods." Australian Wood Review, 2015
"For anyone interested in Australian rainforests for any reason at all, this is a fascinating book… This publication will be used not only as a guide to the timber but as a useful botanical reference that will enhance our understanding of a very precious section of our flora" Trevor Blake, Growing Australian, September 2015, pp.15
"this book is a joy to peruse, and a welcome addition to any serious wood library." Pieter Baas, International Association of Wood Anatomists Journal, Vol 36(4), 2015, pp. 464-465
"If you are looking at creating a timber forest this book should be in your library as a resource." Paul Plant, SubTropical Gardening Magazine, Issue 39, September 2015, pp. 88
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.