Object Annex :: Schweingruber's Anatomy of Wood
Look closely at the microscopic characteristics of various timbers. Look very very closely.
This Web-based identification key is a completely revised (text, key) and updated (more and new photographs and new anatomic items) version of the book by someone called Schweingruber. His, her or its name alone is enough reason to peruse this database in depth. The fact that the slides make the microscopic structure of wood look like elegantly deconstructing lace is just a bonus.
Schweingruber F.H., 'Microscopic Wood Anatomy; Structural variability of stems and twigs in recent and subfossil woods from Central Europe.'
3rd edition 1990. Birmensdorf, Eidgenössische Forschungsanstalt WSL.
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