The Man Who Made Things Out of Trees

Version: Unabridged
Author: Robert Penn
Narrator: Robert Penn
Genres: Science & Technology, Animals & Nature
Publisher: HighBridge Audio
Published In: July 2016
# of Units: 7 CDs
Length: 8 hours
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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."

Author Details

Author Details

Penn, Robert

A journalist and television presenter, Robert Penn is the author of It s All About the Bike, a celebration of bicycle craftsmanship, and The Man Who Made Things Out of Trees. He lives in South Wales with his wife, three children, two spaniels, and a collection of axes.