Wood Identification


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Alden Identification Service has specialized in the scientific identification of wood for over thirty years. Our name stands for who we are and for the service we provide.

Accuracy: We offer the most accurate identifications that scientific methods will allow. Our ID’s are done empirically (the most accurate way) and not comparatively. The samples are processed using thin sections (wood) via optical microscopy, along with density, fluorescence etc.

Integrity: Our integrity has kept us in business since 1986. While we have a general appreciation of antiques, we are scientists and not antique collectors, which makes us unbiased and valuable to our customers. We “call ’em as we see ’em” under the microscope & can back up our identifications in court.

Service: We offer the fastest wood identification service available, within 1 -2 weeks of receipt of the samples & payment. Our RUSH service can get you an answer within a day or two. Our service also includes a professionally written report sent to you via email.

Our service is available to appraisers, conservators, restorers and private collectors of fine arts as well as professionals in the fields of archaeology, ethnobotany, anthropology, forest products, material science and trace evidence (forensics).

We offer the fastest wood identification service available, within 1 -2 weeks of receipt of the samples & payment. Our RUSH service can get you an answer within a day or two. Our service also includes a professionally written report sent to you via email.

To allow for an accurate identification, please follow the guideline for taking samples.”