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A Splintered History of Wood

Belt-Sander Races, Blind Woodworkers, and Baseball Bats

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About the Book

A Splintered History of Wood is a passionate and personal exploration of nature’s greatest gift: wood. In the successful tradition of books such as Salt and Cod, writer and carpenter Spike Carlsen explores the history, versatility, and special appeal of something we use everyday—but take for granted—in this comprehensive and dynamic history of wood’s global impact and its personal significance to people in all walks of life.

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Critical Praise

“Who knew wood could be this fascinating?” —Booklist

“Engaging and exhaustively researched…a solid history of wood.” —Publishers Weekly

“Thoroughly researched, thoughtful, and entertaining…. just enough of the science of trees and wood, and of the technology of wood products and woodworking, to inform but not burden lay readers….Numerous stories add immeasurably to the book’s appeal.” —School Library Journal

“Engaging, informative...Spike’s wide-eyed enthusiasm is catching, and his curiosity takes him way beyond the ordinary...[Splintered History] is for anyone interested in how this humble material, and the people who work with it, have made us who we are.” —Family Handyman magazine

“Wonderfully strange and interesting....Mixing well-researched history, trivia and humorous anecdotes, A Splintered History of Wood meanders from chainsaw artists to belt-sander races, from Steinway pianos airdropped during WWII to the first know wooden tool: the toothpick.” —NPR Morning Edition

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780061373572
  • ISBN 10: 0061373575
  • Imprint: Harper Perennial
  • On Sale: 08/18/2009
  • Pages: 432
  • List Price: 19.99 CAD
  • BISAC1: NATURE / Plants / Trees

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