|Review by EPJartisan||posted 02-17-2011 04:49 AM||1394 views||3 times favorited||2 comments|
“The Tree: a natural history of what trees are, how they live, and why they matter”
HANDS DOWN the best resource for anyone who wants to learn the full biology of the “tree” part of the plant kingdom. Also includes shrubs, vines, bananas (because they aren’t really trees… it’s in the book) It will give you the full low down on the cell structure and the evolution of those cells from ancient Ginkgo fern trees to complex new species of Angiosperm. Includes why the trees grow where they do and how they do. Utterly fascinating!!!!!!! And he even explains why gymnosperms don’t really develop tension wood while living and why Angiosperms need to in order stay adaptable to changing environments. The book is not species specific, but an overall review of all trees.
This book brought me to a new level of woodworking not by techniques but by understanding why the wood moves, dulls tools, why it’s so expensive … all that other stuff about wood we wonder about….a whole lot of interesting trivia to share at parties when no one cares about sharpening a chisel.
About the Author:
-- " 'Truth' is like a beautiful flower, unique to each plant and to the season it blossoms ... 'Fact' is the root and leaf, allowing the plant grow and bloom again."