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What is the Wood Species Guide?
Created primarily for professionals who use wood in architecture and construction, or for furniture, the species guide enables you to:
• choose the most suitable wood species for your project
• identify physical properties and illustrations for 40 commercial species (FREE)
• upgrade to access 100 additional wood species for just £4.99

Who is it for?
Designers, specifiers, users and purchasers of wood for the following purposes:
• Cladding and decking
• Flooring
• Joinery, mouldings and tool handles
• Structural use
• Marine/freshwater environments
• Sleepers
• Furniture

How to use it
Using the search facility and a selection of filters you can find a particular wood by:
• its name
• appropriate uses
• durability
• colour
• movement characteristics
or a combination of these factors. The names of timbers matching your search will be listed alphabetically. Photographs of wood samples will also help you check whether the colour and pattern is likely to be suitable for your requirements.

Each species of wood has specific characteristics which you need to understand in order to make an informed choice. For example, if you want to use wood for cladding purposes, it will need to be appropriate for external use. Select Cladding under the “uses” filter and it will return a list of species which can be used for that purpose.

You may want to be sure that a particular timber is available from sustainable sources, in which case you can go on to check the environmental credentials. Or perhaps you need more information about a particular wood and its strength qualities, and whether it is a hardwood or softwood. Further details about the tree, its distribution worldwide, the timber, its texture and drying qualities are also included to provide a comprehensive profile for professionals.

TRADA is an internationally recognized centre of excellence for the specification and use of timber and wood products, and is a not for profit membership-based organization. The TRADA website at is an invaluable source of technical information on the use of wood and timber products in construction. Find out more about the benefits of joining TRADA and accessing a wealth of expertise in timber at

About the publisher

The Wood Species Guide has been created for TRADA by TRADA Technology, an independent consultancy providing a range of information and training services to engineers, architects and the timber industry. It is appointed by TRADA, The Timber Research and Development Association, to provide all of its research and information programmes.

Copyright TRADA Technology 2011
All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form, by any means, electronic, mechanical, copying, recording or otherwise, without the prior permission of the copyright owners.

Whilst every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the advice given, the company cannot accept liability for loss or damage arising from the information supplied.

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