Wood Anatomy and Identification 

Class of 1998

Wood Anatomy & Identification Class Photo
Left to right: Angel D. Santiago-Torres, Michael Tuttie, Kristen J. Gremillion, Harry A. Alden, Jia-Sun Tsang, John A. Courtney, Ralph Jackson and Tony Havics.

SCMRE microscopist teaching
Harry Alden discussing the macroscopic differences between types of ring porous hardwoods.

Microscopy lecture
Lecture on the microscopy of diffuse porous hardwoods.

Microscopy discussion of charcoal identification
Harry Alden discussing the limits of charcoal identification.

Microscopy class identifying unknown wood samples

Identifying unknown wood samples.

Microscopy wood identification discussion
Harry Alden discussion the logic behind microscopic wood identification.

Wood samples used in lab
Wood samples used in laboratory exercises.

Wood samples used in lab
Wood samples used in laboratory exercises.

Microscopist with student
Harry Alden (right) explaining the differences between True Mahogany (Swietenia) and Spanish Cedar (Cedrela).

Sample preparation for microscopic examination
Preparation of tropical wood sample for microscopic examination.

Tropical wood visual similarities

Discussion of the visual similarities of tropical woods.

Wood variability
Students looking at the visual variability of woods in the same genus.

Using binocular microscope

Examination of charcoal samples with a binocular microscope.

Using binocular microscope

Examination of charcoal samples with a binocular microscope.

Proper use of a hand lens

The proper use of a hand lens for macroscopic wood identification.