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Subject: Non-destructive identification of wood

Non-destructive identification of wood

From: Nigel Seeley <nigel>
Date: Friday, January 5, 1996
Brett Charbeneau <brett [at] cwf__org> writes

>Can anyone point me/us in the direction of a some source material
>which explains the various methods of (hopefully) non-destructive
>species identification for wood?

Conventional wood identification is relatively destructive, but it
is possible to identify wood species using individual fibres.  This
technique is used in paper analysis, where the macro structure of
the timber is totally destroyed and only dissociated fibres remain.
A good paper technology laboratory or forensic science laboratory
should be able to identify small samples of wood fibres obtained by
drilling or scraping the wood concerned.

Dr. Nigel Seeley
The National Trust
36, Queen Anne's Gate
London, SW1H 9AS
+44 171-227 4869
Fax: +44 171-976 0747

                  Conservation DistList Instance 9:52
                  Distributed: Sunday, January 7, 1996
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Received on Friday, 5 January, 1996

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