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The Man Who Made Things out of Trees

Narrated by: Robert Penn
Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (15 ratings)

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Out of all the trees in the world, the ash is the most closely bound up with who we are. From tool handles to arrows, wheels and bowls to furniture and baseball bats, humans have made more and varied use of ash than any other kind of wood.

Journeying across the English-speaking world, Robert Penn meets craftsmen with rare skills and a knowledge of the properties of ash developed over millennia. He finds that ancient traditions still thrive, and he reveals how the people working with this wood every day have a particular and intimate understanding of the physical world. Yet, Penn argues, the world's remaining ash forests also face urgent perils that threaten this unique repository of human history.

Brimming with surprising research and vivid nature writing, The Man Who Made Things out of Trees describes our ages-long relationship with forests and revels in the pleasure of making things by hand.

©2015 Robert Penn (P)2016 HighBridge Company

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Amazing tale and daunting warning

As an avid amateur carpenter I thoroughly enjoyed the story of the authors goal to use an ash tree for as many purposes as possible. I was not expecting to learn the history of the ash tree in the unfortunate future that has already begun to plague our forests. I highly recommend this book for anyone who has an interest in the history of how humans have used trees to further our civilization and also the environmental impact that we have made on the world's forest through globalization and trade.

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Wood you believe it.

I fell in love with Ash all over again, and order myself 100 board foot. Fancy furniture here I come.

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This was such an amazing book.

This was such an amazing book. it was like listening to a love story by an eloquent poet to the ancient ash tree. I would definitely recommend this book to others!

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good but oddly specific

Not the finest additional to the genre of pilgrimage journalism but worth listening to. the ending was terribly sad.

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  • Andy
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a pleasant and informative listen

This was a delight to listen to. Super narration by the British author. Chock full of interesting tidbits about trees and ash trees. Great survey of the different products made of ash, as well as how the products are made.

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no thanks

Was ok until "...we came down from trees..." No need for me to continue listening.

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