The man who made things out of trees the ash in human culture and history robert penn on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers the story of how one man cut down a single tree to see how many things could be made from it out of all the trees in the world. From his tree penn has made a lovely book part elegant history part anxious lament the man who made things out of trees is published by particular books 1699 click here to buy it for 1199. Robert penn cut down an ash tree to see how many things could be made from it after all ash is the tree we have made the greatest and most varied use of over the course of human history journeying from wales across europe and ireland to the usa robert finds that the ancient skills and knowledge . In the man who made things out of trees penn tells the story of mans intimate relationship with the ash he felled a single ash tree in 2012 and distributed the timber to artisans and makers to be made into wares. The appeal of robert penns enchanting narrative extends far beyond tree enthusiasts woodworkers and fanatic loggers like me it is a book lovers feast penns wonderful prose and compelling research put the man who made things out of trees right up there in the league with such classics as john mcphees the survival of the bark
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