We wood turners are wood hoarders. Strike that. We are wood collectors. In the process of collecting we often forget to tag the piece of wood with its name. Some common woods are easy to identify. Others not so. In this world filled with technology there seems to be a lack of technology to identify wood properly. Colin Mackenzie has been waiting for such a technology for a while now.
Though we may know how to identify certain pieces of wood, we may not know how to identify the trees in the urban streets or nearby forests. Here you will find some information on how to identify the trees in the Bay Area of California.
Trees native to California
Non-native trees in the bay area
Another resource to identify trees in the California urban forest is the Urban Tree Key website maintained by Cal Poly.
There are additional resources for wood identification at the AAW website Wood Identification page.