North American Hardwoods are some of the most beautiful in the world. Maple, cherry, walnut and many other species are sought after by woodworkers across the globe. The Hardwood Manufacturer’s Association runs this site full of information on particular wood species, current design trends and care of hardwood floors and furniture.
There is a fascinating article on sustainability practices and how North America’s hardwood forests have been recovering since the extensive deforestation that took place by the end of the 19th century.
One of the best resources on the site is the outstanding species guide, which highlights both the common – and not-so-common – varieties of hardwoods. Alder, willow and gum are given the same thorough review as oaks, maples and cherry.
This is one of those sites you can go to for information – as well as inspiration.