A Splintered History of Wood
By (author) Spike Carlsen
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Splintered History of Wood by Spike Carlsen
Book DescriptionIt is impossible to imagine a world without wood. From true relics of the cross to the invention of toothpicks to the famed Stradivarius violin and medieval catapults, wood has played an essential role in nearly every aspect of human existence. But this is no dull dissertation on the scientific properties of wood; instead, Spike Carlsen has traveled thousands of miles and interviewed hundreds of wood users and enthusiasts to carve out a comprehensive and dynamic history of wood's global impact and its personal significance to people in all walks of life.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780061373565
(229mm x 152mm x 34mm)
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Inc
Publish Date: 1-May-2008
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Spike Carlsen
Cabin Lessons, Paperback (May 2015)
Part building guide and part memoir, this title tells the funny story of the eventful journey of author and his familiy - from buying land on an eroding cliff to (finally) enjoying the hideaway of their dreams.
The backyard homestead book of building projects, Paperback (April 2014)
Offers instructions for everything from plant supports and a clothesline to a potting bench, a chicken coop, a hoop greenhouse, a cold frame, a beehive, a root cellar with storage bins, and an outdoor shower. In this title, most of the projects are suitable for complete novices, and all use just basic tools and standard building materials.
Woodworking FAQ, Paperback (May 2012)
Suitable for the home workshop, this title answers question such as: What's the difference between hardwood and softwood? How do I make base moulding fit tightly on the inside corners? How do I prevent splintering on the end of a board when I rout it? How do I taper cut a table leg? And many more intriguing and useful questions.
Splintered History of Wood, Paperback / softback (September 2009)» View all books by Spike Carlsen
In the successful tradition of books such as "Salt" and "Cod," this work explores the history, versatility, and special appeal of something used every day but often taken for granted--wood. b&w photos throughout.
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Author Biography - Spike Carlsen
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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