Wood Identification

January 29 – 31, 2019
New Orleans Jazz Museum, New Orleans, LA
Instructor: Suzana Radivojevic
Organizer: Jason Church

Wood ID

This workshop will provide practical and theoretical training in wood identification that will allow participants to identify the wood species of an unknown wood sample. While focusing on North American and selected exotic wood species that are prominent materials in our culture, participants will acquire comprehensive knowledge and skill sets applicable to identification of any unknown wood sample.

The workshop is designed to teach wood morphology and anatomy at all structural levels as an essential basis for wood identification using macroscopic and microscopic techniques. The instruction integrates lectures with slide presentations, demonstration, hands-on exercise and ample use of reference materials. Emphasis is given to hands-on exercise in sampling, sample preparation, macroscopic and microscopic wood identification techniques, proficiency in using wood identification literature and resources and immediate integration of lectured material into practice.

Upon completion of the course, participants will:

  • Have an in-depth knowledge of wood anatomy on a macroscopic and a microscopic level necessary for practical wood identification.
  • Acquire skills for examining wood: by naked eye, using hand held magnifiers, and a light microscope.
  • Become proficient in selecting and using diverse reference materials (including e-resources) for wood identification.
  • Be able to routinely identify 20-40 softwood and hardwood species most commonly encountered in North America.
  • Be able to successfully apply wood identification techniques to most unknown wood species.
  • Develop sample collection and sample preparation skills specific to wood in architectural settings and art conservation.


This workshop is now full. To be placed on the wait list, contact courses@conservaiton-us.org.

The fee for this course is $399 AIC members; $549 non-AIC members. Limited to 18 participants.
This workshop is designed for conservation professionals working with architectural wood or wooden objects of historic or artistic significance. No prior knowledge of microscopy or wood anatomy is necessary.

FAIC's registration policies for professional development programs can be found here.

About the Instructor

Suzana Radivojevic, PhD, is a wood scientist working from her research lab and consulting practice Ligno Logic LLC. She specializes in research, material characterization and forensic investigation of wood materials used in cultural resources, building structures and art objects. Radivojevic is on the faculty of the Historic Preservation Program of the School of Architecture & Environment at the University of Oregon teaching on topics of wood building pathology, historic preservation technology and science-informed innovation in architectural wood design. Radivojevic has been applying wood microscopy in her work and research for over twenty-five years and teaches microscopic wood identification courses offered in the past at the University of Oregon, the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT) the International Preservation Studies Center (IPSC) and the Timber Framers Guild (TFG). Radivojevic holds B.Sc.F.E. in wood technology and engineering from the University of Belgrade in Serbia and Ph.D. in wood science focusing on wood preservation from the University of Toronto, Canada.


Donate to FAIC

  Without support, the registration fee for this workshop would be $800. FAIC relies on your contributions to support these and its many other programs.

This program is supported by a collaborative agreement between the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training and the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works Endowment for Professional Development (FAIC). FAIC was created by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and is supported by donations from members of the American Institute for Conservation and its friends. Courses are made possible with the assistance of many AIC members, but no AIC membership dues were used to create or present this course.

Contact: Sarah Saetren, Education Coordinator
(202 661-8071

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