It pays to know about wood. Once you learn how to dry it, you can buy it direct from the sawmill and cut your costs considerably. And of course the more you know about the nature of the wood you use, the better your own work will be. Which species are good for which jobs, how is hardwood graded, how can you design joints that will accommodate wood's seasonal swelling and shrinking? In 41 artciles reprinted from Fine Woodworking magazine, experts inthe field tell you what you want to know about the raw material of your craft.