Wood

Wood

Craft, Culture, History

Book - 2006
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David Brown Book Co
We build our houses with it, burn it for warmth, carve it for beauty, sail in it, sit on it, play with it, and fight with ityet how much do we really understand about the history and culture of wood? In this rich and fascinating book, Harvey Green examines how wood in all its variety of form and function has contributed to an extraordinary range of human endeavors.

Wood reveals the history and culture of a substance that has been a central part of human life throughout the world for thousands of years. From the prized whorls of birds-eye maple to the oak and pine that made navies and empires, from the breathtaking stave churches of Norway to the enduring popularity of the Windsor chair, from the magic of turning to the grace of a Chinese chair, and from the botany of the baseball bat to the stunning carving of Native Americans of the northwest coast, Wood decodes how a seemingly common material has come to signal class, status, and authenticity. Using the historians craft and the woodworkers hand, Green has fashioned an authoritative book sure to interest all who love this amazing material, appreciate its history, and care about its future.
We build our houses with it, burn it for warmth, carve it for beauty, sail in it, sit on it, play with it, and fight with ityet how much do we really understand about the history and culture of wood? In this rich and fascinating book, Harvey Green examines how wood in all its variety of form and function has contributed to an extraordinary ...

Baker & Taylor
A cultural history of the ubiquitous material profiles its numerous varieties and uses throughout the ages, discussing the role of wood in the shaping and establishment of numerous civilizations that has also served to delineate class, status, and authenticity in the modern world.

Publisher: New York : Viking, 2006
ISBN: 9780670038015
Branch Call Number: 620.12 G822w 2006
Characteristics: xxxii, 464 p. : ill. ; 24 cm

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