|Review by KDL||posted 01-06-2010 07:59 PM||2150 views||0 times favorited||5 comments|
A Splintered History of Wood: Belt Sander Races, Blind Woodworkers, and Baseball Bats by Spike Carlsen
This is an easy, entertaining read, with a nice mix of humor, facts, and real-world knowledge. The book gets you started with a quick schooling in wood biology, then launches into a historical tour of wood, woodworking, and wood workers. He covers the silly and the serious from the perspective of both an interviewer and a carpenter. This isn’t an encyclopedia, it won’t replace anything on your shelf, but it’ll give you a real appreciation for what wood can do and has done. It ends with a well thought out essay on the future of wood and woodworkers.