Katherine A. Alden, B.A., Owner
Harry A. Alden, PhD, Operator/Identifier
3560 Brookeside Drive
Chesapeake Beach, MD  20732

Cell:     443-624-5712
How To Take Wood Samples - Fine Arts
How To Take Wood Samples - Fine Arts
Wood Identification Basics
Wood Identification Basics
Wood Types
Wood Types
Our Fees:
    Wood - Fine Arts               $  50.00        per Sample
    Wood - Fine Arts (RUSH)                               $  75.00        per Sample
Wood - Archaeological & Charcoal       Call Us       

(Contact us for an invoice)

Please make check out to "AIS" or "Alden Identification Service "
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, textiles and trace evidence (forensics).
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) and fractured surfaces (charcoal) via optical microscopy.

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, usually within 24 - 48 hours of receipt of the samples & payment. Our RUSH service can get you an answer within an hour or two. Our service also includes a professionally written report sent to you via email and snail mail.
Links to our Colleagues and Professional Friends:
H.M.S. DeBraak Shipwreck

Alden Identification Service
Accuracy   -  Integrity  -  Service

Specializing in the Scientific Identification
of Wood and Charcoal
Fiske & Freeman, Fine and Early Antiques
Harry's Resume
Historic St. Mary's City
Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum
Winterthur Museum and Gardens
Chipstone Foundation
USDA - FS, Center for Wood Anatomy Research
Dr. David Dobbins - my Mentor
The Historic New Orleans Collection
Thomas Schwenke, Inc. American Federal Furniture
Antiques & Fine Arts