With Hoadley's superb book and a magnifying hand lens (minimum of 8X magnification), anybody can become a wood identification expert. It can all be done by looking at a wood sample no bigger than 1/8" square.
The book is well organized by groups of woods of similar characteristics (e.g., the elms, oaks and ashes together), and has excellent color photomicroscopy.
A classic reference book, suitable for every woodworker.
Hardcover, 8 1/2" × 11", 224 pages.