A Splintered History of Wood: Belt-Sander Races, Blind Woodworkers, and Baseball Bats

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Harper Collins, Oct 6, 2009 - Nature - 432 pages

In a world without wood, we might not be here at all. Without wood, we wouldn't have had the fire, heat, and shelter that allowed us to expand into the colder regions of the planet. If civilization somehow did develop, our daily lives still would be vastly different: there would be no violins, baseball bats, chopsticks, or wine corks. The book you are now holding wouldn't exist.

At the same time, many of us are removed from the world where wood is shaped and celebrated every day. That world is inhabited by a unique assortment of eccentric craftsmen and passionate enthusiasts who have created some of the world's most beloved musical instruments, feared weapons, dazzling architecture, sacred relics, and bizarre forms of transportation. In A Splintered History of Wood, Spike Carlsen has uncovered the most outlandish characters and examples, from world-champion chainsaw carvers to blind woodworkers, the Miraculous Staircase to the Lindbergh kidnapping case, and many more, in a passionate and personal exploration of nature's greatest gift.

 

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Contents

Extraordinary Woods
1
The Wacky World of Woodworkers
46
The Tools That Work the Wood
91
Wood in the World of Music
116
Wood in the World of Sports
153
Wood as Shelter
185
Wood in Day toDay Life
208
Wood Weapons and War
252
Wood in UnusualUses and Peculiar Places
313
TreesAnswers Gifts and Ducks
349
notes
359
resources
373
bibliography
383
photography and illustration
391
about the author
413
Copyright

Wood by Land Air and Sea
287

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About the author (2009)

Spike Carlsen is the former executive editor of The Family Handyman and author of the Reader's Digest Complete Do-It-Yourself Manual. He is also projects editor for Backyard Living, where he pens a bimonthly column called "Ask Spike." He lives in Stillwater, Minnesota.

For every book sold, the author will donate funds to plant a seedling at the Bomalan'ombe Secondary School tree farm in central Tanzania.

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