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

Paperback | August 18, 2009

bySpike Carlsen

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A Splintered History of Wood is a passionate and personal exploration of nature’s greatest gift: wood. In the successful tradition of books such as Salt and Cod, writer and carpenter Spike Carlsen explores the history, versatility, and special appeal of something we use everyday—but take for granted—in this comprehensive and dynamic history of wood’s global impact and its personal significance to people in all walks of life.<_o3a_p>

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A Splintered History of Wood is a passionate and personal exploration of nature’s greatest gift: wood. In the successful tradition of books such as Salt and Cod, writer and carpenter Spike Carlsen explores the history, versatility, and special appeal of something we use everyday—but take for granted—in this comprehensive and dynamic hi...

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

Spike Carlsen is the former executive editor ofThe Family Handymanand author of theReader's Digest Complete Do-It-Yourself Manual. He is also projects editor forBackyard 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...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.97 inPublished:August 18, 2009Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0061373575

ISBN - 13:9780061373572

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“Wonderfully strange and interesting....Mixing well-researched history, trivia and humorous anecdotes, A Splintered History of Wood meanders from chainsaw artists to belt-sander races, from Steinway pianos airdropped during WWII to the first know wooden tool: the toothpick.”