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Wood species determination is a free service of the US Forest Products 
Laboratory in Madison, WI.  The following web site gives you all of the 
information you need.  If you have more samples than they allow, you can 
call the lab and they will direct you to someone that can provide this 
service for a fee.

Dr. Tom Quirk worked for the US Forest Products Lab and had a small 
business on the side where he identified wood species for businesses.  Tom 
died of cancer earlier this month.  He was also a retired LtCol in the 1st 
U.S. Airborne Division, Army Reserves.

There are a few people that I like to contact directly at the lab on a 
personal basis.  You can get a ton of product specific information that 
they cannot publish.   I don't have a current contact for wood species at 
the lab.  I would suggest calling the lab and asking them for a 
recommendation.  But they should identify a few samples for you.

Regards, Harold Sprague

> From: MStuart(--nospam--at)
> Date: Fri, 14 Dec 2012 21:42:16 +0000
> Subject: [SEAINT-SEAOSC] Wood Species Test
> To: seaint-seaosc(--nospam--at)
> I have been using Dr. Quirk in Madison Wisconsin for a number of years 
> for determining wood species.
> Unfortunately Dr. Quirk passed away earlier this month.
> Does anyone know of any labs that can determine the species of a sample 
> of wood as small as a toothpick inexpensively?
> Dr. Quirk use to only charge $30 a sample.
> D. Matthew Stuart, P.E., S.E., F.ASCE, SECB, MgtEng
> Structural Division Manager
> Pennoni Associates Inc.
> One Drexel Plaza
> 3001 Market Street, 2nd Floor

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