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The Man Who Made Things out of Trees Audiobook

The Man Who Made Things out of Trees

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Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of The Man Who Made Things out of Trees.

Robert Penn cut down an ash tree to see how many things could be made from it. After all, ash is the tree we have made the greatest and most varied use of over the course of human history. Journeying from Wales across Europe and Ireland to the USA, Robert finds that the ancient skills and knowledge of the properties of ash, developed over millennia making wheels and arrows, furniture and baseball bats, are far from dead.

The book chronicles how the urge to understand and appreciate trees still runs through us all like grain through wood.

©2015 Robert Penn (P)2015 Penguin Books Limited

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  • Boggy of Bucks
    Buckinghamshire
    5/5/16
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    "Engaging and intimate"

    Penn has important environmental things to say and does so engagingly and relevantly. He is deeply connected to trees and woodland on a very emotional level and his enthusiasm comes through in this telling of the post mortem uses of one particular tree. His tree now lives on in the artefacts and uses made of its flesh and we all learn to appreciate and value it, and by extension all timber, through this tale.

    I listened to this book while engaged in my own amateur fiddling with my own woodland and if you can do so I heartily recommend you listen surrounded by trees.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Kieron Matthews
    London
    10/18/16
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    "Ash, Ash and more Ash, but I'm left hanging."

    Loved this book, I loved it. I'm a busy bee, so bought the audible version having heard Robert talk at The Good Life Experience. I asked Robert the ridiculous question, "Humans have a phenomenal history of cocking up the planet and in today's age was there really any hope of us reverting to using ash and sustainable products ever again?" His answer left me with hope as does this book. His writing is very visual and tactile. You can smell and touch what he writes; always enhanced by his distinctive voice that bats you from moments of empathy, to familiarity to envy of him standing in a shavings filled workshop. I suspect that this book cannot fail but talk to everyone who remembers sitting in a wood as a child and running away with their imagination. However, I am left wondering how many times the book uses the word ash or what that desk looks like in the flesh.

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