Wood: Craft, Culture, History

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Penguin, 2007 - History - 464 pages
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A rich, authoritative look at a material that plays an essential role in human culture

Wood has been a central part of human life throughout the world for thousands of years. In an intoxicating mix of science, history, and practical information, historian and woodworker Harvey Green considers this vital material's place on the planet. What makes one wood hard and one soft? How did we find it, tame it? Where does it fit into the histories of technology, architecture, and industrialization, of empire, exploration, and settlement? Spanning the surprising histories of the log cabin and Windsor chair, the deep truth about veneer, the role of wood in the American Revolution, the disappearance of the rain forests, the botany behind the baseball bat, and much more, Wood is a deep and satisfying look at one of our most treasured resources.


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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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