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Wood: Craft, Culture, History

3.53 of 5 stars 3.53  ·  rating details  ·  30 ratings  ·  5 reviews
A superbly entertaining, wide-ranging investigation of wood through history, culture, art, and science

We build our houses with it, burn it for warmth, carve it for beauty, sail in it, sit on it, play with it, and fight with it—yet how much do we really understand about the history and culture of wood? In this rich and fascinating book, Harvey Green examines how wood in a
Hardcover, 496 pages
Published October 19th 2006 by Viking Adult
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Adam Tramposh
Recommended for anyone interested in man's oft-complicated relationship w/ this natural resource. Touches cursorily on the material science, and the historical applications of wood. Appreciated the repeated calls-to-action for moderation and stewardship, though they are often heavy-handed and disrupt the otherwise considered sequencing of the book's topics.
(2.5) How can you write a book about something so various? Answer: You can't. Plenty of facts, but no real depth, of course, since the topic is the cultural-historical importance of wood. Weird sectioning, low quality pictures detract, but lots of tidbits for those with the patience. Skip it.
I was looking for something like John McPhee. This is not anywhere up to that standard. Boring. Not worth reading;
I'm not finished but this book is well written and fits the genre of Salt, Cod and such.
An astonishing history of a material.
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