A REVERENCE FOR WOOD ERIC SLOANE PDF

The Seasons of America Past. A Reverence for Wood By: He was particularly fond of clouds. Here are some quotes from this one: Sloane also had a great interest in New England folk culture, Colonial daily life, and Americana. A Reverence for Wood by Eric Sloane. It basically provides vignettes of American forests at skoane increments back in time.

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We know this. We fear them, with their rites and their implements and their inscrutable commitment to causes dark and wild. And then there are cults like the one around Eric Sloane : many Sloane fans are elderly, many wear suspenders and ball caps, and they quietly see The Way Forward in and from his detailed, sketch-illustrated books about bygone America. Among American oldtimers, I want to throw my lot in with Wallace Stegner instead, and with his thoughtful passion for the West.

Many of them are popular works on early American history, especially on rural, agricultural, or labouring topics. This one focuses on -- anyone?

An organizing theme is an ancient variety of apple called the "Seek-No-Further," but Sloane is at pains primarily to articulate the depth and complexity of the early American connection with wood.

This "historical novel," as Sloane calls it, moves back one century at a time from to As a result, the first chapter is about a man dismantling a collapsing barn one nail at a time so he can re-use the wood. We learn about the history of nail production, from hammered to punched, square to round, as well as about the various cracks or "checks" that wood gets as it dries.

Subsequent chapters on earlier centuries explain topics as diverse as: the evolution of the andiron; why stone fences zigzag through dense New England forests; how to make charcoal; how to make bentwood boxes; and how to pick and store apples, including how and why to individually hang high-quality eating apples from their stems.

This is a world without much relevance to my own, except for the passion and the sense of embodied memory. Such a delight, this book!

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