Oak: The Frame of Civilization

Author: William Bryant Logan

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393078663

Category: Nature

Page: 336

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The ultimate distance race is within your reach—a completely updated edition of the now-classic work. Professional arborist and award-winning nature writer William Bryant Logan deftly relates the delightful history of the reciprocal relationship between humans and oak trees since time immemorial—a profound link that has almost been forgotten. From the ink of Bach’s cantatas, to the first boat to reach the New World, to the wagon, the barrel, and the sword, oak trees have been a constant presence throughout our history. In fact, civilization prospered where oaks grew, and for centuries these supremely adaptable, generous trees have supported humankind in nearly every facet of life. “With an unabashed enthusiasm for his subject” (Carol Haggas, Booklist) Logan combines science, philosophy, spirituality, and history with a contagious curiosity about why the natural world works the way it does. At once humorous and reverent, “this splendid acknowledgment of a natural marvel” (Publishing News) reintroduces the oak tree so that we might see its vibrant presence throughout our history and our modern world.
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A Splintered History of Wood

Belt-Sander Races, Blind Woodworkers, and Baseball Bats

Author: Spike Carlsen

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0061982776

Category: Nature

Page: 432

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In a world without wood, we might not be here at all. Without wood, we wouldn't have had the fire, heat, and shelter that allowed us to expand into the colder regions of the planet. If civilization somehow did develop, our daily lives still would be vastly different: there would be no violins, baseball bats, chopsticks, or wine corks. The book you are now holding wouldn't exist. At the same time, many of us are removed from the world where wood is shaped and celebrated every day. That world is inhabited by a unique assortment of eccentric craftsmen and passionate enthusiasts who have created some of the world's most beloved musical instruments, feared weapons, dazzling architecture, sacred relics, and bizarre forms of transportation. In A Splintered History of Wood, Spike Carlsen has uncovered the most outlandish characters and examples, from world-champion chainsaw carvers to blind woodworkers, the Miraculous Staircase to the Lindbergh kidnapping case, and many more, in a passionate and personal exploration of nature's greatest gift.
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China Bayles' Book of Days

Author: Susan Wittig Albert

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1440627258

Category: Fiction

Page: 400

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Readers of the China Bayles mystery novels are familiar with the usefulness and wonder of the many herbs the amateur sleuth sells in her beloved Thyme and Seasons shop. Compiled by national bestselling author Susan Wittig Albert at the request of her fans, China Bayles' Book of Days gathers together tidbits and treasures about plants and reveals ways you can put more green into your daily life. Featuring 365 days of recipes, crafts, gardening tips, remedies, and more, this special volume is a personal calendar of the legends and lore of herbs and also features brand-new essays from the author, clues from China's mysteries, and some special contributions by the irrepressible members of the Myra Merryweather Herb Guild, Pecan Springs's oldest civic organization.
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Sawdust and Soul

A Conversation about Woodworking and Spirituality

Author: William J. Everett,John W. de Gruchy

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1630877379

Category: Religion

Page: 104

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An American ethicist and a South African theologian reflect on their work with wood and how it has helped them find creativity and meaning in experiences of both loss and transformation. Through their friendship, correspondence, and work together they have developed a rich narrative about the way this craftwork has shaped their relationships with family, friends, and their natural environment. Their conversation invites both craftspeople and religious seekers to join them on a spiritual journey toward fresh insight and inspiration.
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Wood, Whiskey and Wine

A History of Barrels

Author: Henry H. Work

Publisher: Reaktion Books

ISBN: 1780234171

Category: Cooking

Page: 224

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Barrels—we rarely acknowledge their importance, but without them we would be missing out on some of the world’s finest beverages—most notably whiskies and wines—and of course for over two thousand years they’ve been used to store, transport, and age an incredibly diverse array of provisions around the globe. In this comprehensive and wide-ranging book, Henry Work tells the intriguing story of the significant and ever-evolving role wooden barrels have played during the last two millennia, revealing how the history of the barrel parallels that of technology at large. Exploring how barrels adapted to the requirements of the world’s changing economy, Work journeys back to the barrel’s initial development, describing how the Celtic tribes of Northern Europe first crafted them in the first millennia BCE. He shows how barrels became intrinsically linked to the use of wood and ships and grew into a vital and flexible component of the shipping industry, used to transport not only wine and beer, but also nails, explosives, and even Tabasco sauce. Going beyond the shipping of goods, Work discusses the many uses of this cylindrical container and its relations—including its smaller cousin, the keg—and examines the process of aging different types of alcohol. He also looks at how barrels have survived under threat from today’s plastics, cardboards, and metals. Offering a new way of thinking about one of the most enduring and successful products in history, Wood, Whiskey and Wine will be a must-read for everyone from technology buffs to beverage aficionados who wish to better understand that evasive depth of flavor.
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Landscape and Change in Early Medieval Italy

Chestnuts, Economy, and Culture

Author: Paolo Squatriti

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107034485

Category: Architecture

Page: 248

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An innovative environmental history of the chestnut tree and what it can tell us about the medieval history of Italy.
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A Simple Guide to Planting Oaks in Australia

Author: Richard Browne

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1479749575

Category: Gardening

Page: 96

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On arriving here from Ireland some fourteen years ago and buying six acres of bare land, I realised that the things I missed most were the changing colour of the seasons and the smell of the deciduous woods I had spent my childhood in. Already having an extensive knowledge of Oak trees. I spent ten years collecting and planting Oaks from around the world, reading, studying and gleaning more knowledge from wherever it could be found. During this time I hunted high and low for a book on the subject but to no avail, as it transpired there was no such book. After so much research and a life time love of Oak wood lands I decided to write it myself for other. Oaks have played a great part in the evolution of my and all of our cultures and if you don’t believe it read on. The Oak is also the most obvious form of introduced flaura or fauna that I know off that has been quite advantageous to the Australian landscape, soil and wildlife rather than detrimental like so many of the other impulsive imports. This book is a simple guide to the things we didn’t know, but probably should, about the Oaks of the world. I hope you enjoy this brief summary of Oaks, as I see them, as that is my aim.
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The Once and Future Great Lakes Country

An Ecological History

Author: John L. Riley

Publisher: McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP

ISBN: 0773589821

Category: History

Page: 504

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North America's Great Lakes country has experienced centuries of upheaval. Its landscapes are utterly changed from what they were five hundred years ago. The region's superabundant fish and wildlife and its magnificent forests and prairies astonished European newcomers who called it an earthly paradise but then ushered in an era of disease, warfare, resource depletion, and land development that transformed it forever. The Once and Future Great Lakes Country is a history of environmental change in the Great Lakes region, looking as far back as the last ice age, and also reflecting on modern trajectories of change, many of them positive. John Riley chronicles how the region serves as a continental crossroads, one that experienced massive declines in its wildlife and native plants in the centuries after European contact, and has begun to see increased nature protection and re-wilding in recent decades. Yet climate change, globalization, invasive species, and urban sprawl are today exerting new pressures on the region’s ecology. Covering a vast geography encompassing two Canadian provinces and nine American states, The Once and Future Great Lakes Country provides both a detailed ecological history and a broad panorama of this vast region. It blends the voices of early visitors with the hopes of citizens now.
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Emergence

Seven Steps for Radical Life Change

Author: Derek Rydall

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1476731608

Category: Self-Help

Page: 256

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In his bestselling book Emergence, Derek Rydall helps you throw aside the self-help books and recognize one simple, radical truth: the answer is already in you. The harder we try to change, the deeper in the hole we get. We find a new partner but have the same old fights. We strive for an ever-bigger paycheck but end up broke at a higher income bracket. This is what happens when the basic principle of life—the Law of Emergence—is disrupted, stopping you from knowing that you are the perfect you. Like an acorn is a perfect acorn that becomes a perfect oak tree, there is not a part of you from beginning to end that isn't exactly what you should be. The Law of Emergence provides the foundation to re-engage with this ancient principle. In this seven-stage framework, spiritual life coach Derek Rydall shows that we aren’t lacking anything; everything we need to fulfill our full potential is already inside us. Backed by an ancient truth that has largely been lost, Rydall changes the conversation around how to achieve your potential by showing you how to activate the genius already in you and empower your purpose in life. If you are struggling to improve something about yourself—your health, your mindset, your relationships, then Emergence is the book and Derek is the teacher you have been waiting for.
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