Man Who Made Things Out of Trees
Robert Penn

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Narrated By: Robert Penn

Duration: 7 hours and 59 minutes

What to expect

enguin presents the unabridged, downloadable, audiobook edition of The Man Who Made Things Out Of Trees, written and read by Robert Penn.

Robert Penn cut down an ash tree to see how many things could be made from it. After all, ash is the tree we have made the greatest and most varied use of over the course of human history. Journeying from Wales across Europe and Ireland to the USA, Robert finds that the ancient skills and knowledge of the properties of ash, developed over millennia making wheels and arrows, furniture and baseball bats, are far from dead. The book chronicles how the urge to understand and appreciate trees still runs through us all like grain through wood.


Trees, wildflowers and plants: general interest, DIY: carpentry and woodworking, Handicrafts, decorative arts and crafts

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I was completely smitten . . . [A] delightful, page-turning love letter to an often-overlooked material