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The Man Who Made Things Out of Trees


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Robert Penn is the author of the best-selling celebration of craftsmanship, It's All About the Bike. A writer and journalist, Penn wrote and presented Tales from the Wild Wood, a television series about British woodlands. He lives in a wooded valley in South Wales with his family.


"A beautifully figured and multicolored ode to our love affair with the invaluable ash tree. I swooned. Penn's paean to the many uses of the ash is so well-wrought that I am compelled to take up hurling." -- Nick Offerman
"There is no greater debt than that which mankind owes to trees, and Robert Penn proves this brilliantly-a highly readable account of the multitude of uses one single ash tree can provide." -- Lars Mytting, author of Norwegian Wood
"The appeal of Robert Penn's enchanting narrative extends far beyond tree enthusiasts, woodworkers, and fanatic loggers like me. It is a book-lover's feast. Penn's wonderful prose and compelling research put The Man Who Made Things Out of Trees right up there in the league with such classics as John McPhee's The Survival of the Bark Canoe." -- Rinker Buck, New York Times best-selling author of The Oregon Trail
"[Ranges] freely over intellectual territory-masculinity, nostalgia, identity. . . . Fascinating." -- Books of the Year 2015 - The Times (UK)
"A well-crafted tribute to the ash. . . . Penn has made a lovely book: part elegant history, part anxious lament." -- Guardian

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