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Understanding Wood has looked informative as I have flipped through it in the bookstore, but lacks comprehensive species data. The wood reference set from Lie Nielson also looks interesting, but lacks some of the commentary I would like to absorb. Chris Schwarz seems to enjoy the set.
Feel free to also post comments here summarizing your favorite species, why, and how you use them. List those you hate, too!
Certainly experience with the various local trees is the very best way to build knowledge, but I always enjoy reading what those who have gone before have already discovered.