What wood is it and why? Seeing and understanding wood in a whole new way.
Fall 2019 (date TBD) (Saturday 9.00am-4.00pm, Sunday 11:00 – 4:00)

MYSTIC, CONN – Did you ever look at a piece of wood and wonder what wood it is? And why it looks the way it does? Were you ever confused about which wood it is: mahogany, walnut, cherry, or poplar?


This two-day hands-on workshop taught by Randy Wilkinson of Fallon & Wilkinson, LLC will answer all these questions and more. It is designed specifically for curators, collectors, antique dealers, appraisers, and woodworkers. The goal of this workshop is to familiarize students with the physical properties of wood and enable them to recognize species-specific cell structures.


On Saturday, basic wood anatomy will be introduced, including grain, figure, fundamental differences between softwoods and hardwoods, and more. The student will learn to identify 19 common woods that are used in American decorative arts using a 10x loupe.


On Sunday, we will be using the collection of the Mystic Seaport Museum to identifying wood once it is made into an object. Students will get the rare opportunity to see some of the great treasures the Mystic Seaport has to offer while learning to identify wood on site.

No experience is necessary. Class fee of $395.00 includes a hardwood sample kit, 10x loupe, book (Identifying Wood ) and Saturday lunch. A 10% discount is offered to students, senior citizens, IWCS members, and prior Fallon & Wilkinson students. Class size is limited to 15 students. This class will fill quickly, so sign up soon.

Read this BLOG about one of our past Wood Identification Workshops.