Illustrated with author Eric Sloane's own sketches, it features his insight into the enormously varied and useful qualities of wood.
Viewed over several hundred years of use in the US. Topics include the aesthetics of wood, wooden implements, and carpentry, Sloane talks of the resourcefulness of early Americans in their use of this precious commodity. From cradle to coffin, the pioneer was surrounded by wood. It was used to make tools, fence the land, and build barns. People sat at wooden tables on wooden chairs and ate from wooden dishes. Charcoal, one of the many by-products of wood, was used to preserve meat, remove offensive odors, and produce ink. The bark of various trees was processed to make medicine. Originally published in 1965 by Funk & Wagnalls (remember "look THAT up in your Funk & Wagnalls...?) Dover has re-pub'd this nice book, and made it affordable as well.
And, thanks to Charlie N. for the link to the Eric Sloan Museum.
by Eric Sloane
112 pp softcover
8-3/8 x 11
Written in a story fashion, Sloane covers a vast wealth of knowledge of trees and how to work wood. Boat builders need to know what the characteristics of various species are and the methodology for dealing with them. Realizing that non-living wood from a tree is still a changing material as it ages and adapts to the environment and seasons is essential. Sloane is terrific at relaying this information.