Wood: Craft, Culture, History

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Penguin, 2007 - Architecture - 464 pages
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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 all its variety of form and function has contributed to an extraordinary range of human endeavors. Wood reveals the history and culture of a substance that has been a central part of human life throughout the world for thousands of years. From the prized whorls of bird's-eye maple to the oak and pine that made navies and empires, from the breathtaking stave churches of Norway to the enduring popularity of the Windsor chair, from the magic of turning to the grace of a Chinese chair, and from the botany of the baseball bat to the stunning carving of Native Americans of the northwest coast, Wood decodes how a seemingly common material has come to signal class, status, and authenticity. Using the historian's craft and the woodworker's hand, Green has fashioned an authoritative book sure to interest all who love this amazing material, appreciate its history, and care about its future.

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I'm not finished but this book is well written and fits the genre of Salt, Cod and such. Read full review


Into and Out of the Woods i
The Rub of the Grain
The Empire of Wood
Furniture Faith and Music
Thinking Inside the Box
Zlifl5 wif a Point
Bat and Battle
Fire Smoke and the Costs of Comfort
Selected Bibliography

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About the author (2007)

Harvey Green teaches history at Northeastern University in Boston and works in wood at his shop in rural New Hampshire. He is a two-time Fulbright Scholar and the author of three well-regarded books on American material culture.

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