Welcome to the HobbitHouse wood name database
WHAT IS IT?
This is a database of wood names (common names and botanical names) with a Windows software application sitting on top of the database. The application allows you to select pretty much any feature of a wood name such as all/part of the common name or all/part of the botanical name and it will then give you all associations in the database. So, for example, if you have heard of a common wood name that is unfamiliar to you and you would like to see if it also has another name that is more familiar to you, or you would like to know its botanical name, this application will do that. Also, if you would
like to see the extent of variety of various kinds of woods (for example "how many common names include the word "oak"?), this would be a useful tool to have. It's free and my plan is that it will stay free.
AMOUNT OF DATA
the data set contains:
- 170,000+ combinations of common name/species name (based on the raw data as follows)
- 140,000+ common names
- 26,000+ species names
- 300+ family names
SAFE TO RUN
I can guarantee that the program is virus free and safe for your computer. I previously issued it as an installable application for Windows, but there were some privledge issues on some systems so I have dropped that and it is now available only in a version where you just unzip the files into a folder of your choice and run the app.
If you do notice any errors or questionable entries in the data base and wish to make the effort to report them to me that would be a bonus for me and I would really appreciate it. The program has a facility to make that VERY easy to do (click on the button at the lower center that says "read/edit the notes file" and you'll see what I mean). Also, there is a button ("show the caveats on the underlying data") to click to let you see some systemic known errors so that you don't bother to report on them.
I am constantly fixing errors but there are, at the very least, many hundreds that I have not yet addressed and undoubtedly a great many more that I don't even know about.
SO WHAT DO I DO?
Just download the ZIP file, unZIP it into a folder of your choice and run the executable (_wood name db.exe).
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD (latest database update; 06/30/2017)
NOTES ON RUNNING THE APPLICATION:
- it's probably a good idea to read the data caveats (click on "show the data caveats") otherwise a couple of things about the wood name presentation might seem odd