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A Reverence for Wood [Eric Sloane] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The special knowledge of which wood is suited to which task, the. A Reverence for Wood has ratings and 39 reviews. Jim said: I’ve read this several times as a standalone, the latest as the last book in Eric Sloane’s. A countryman with a penchant for country things (cf. Eric Sloane’s Almanac and Weather Forecaster, Folklore of American Weather, etc.) proceeds at the pace of .

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Eric Sloane was born in New York City. Jul 16, Brooks rated it liked it.

Taking us to the site of the original, Sloane shows us the saplings that have eroc root where the old tree has fallen to the ground. A prolific artist, Sloane created nearly 15, paintings and drawings over his lifetime, many of which enhance his delightful books of bygone days.

From cradle to coffin, the pioneer was surrounded by wood. Nostalgic, insightful, and spiritual. A Museum of Early American Tools. Charcoal, one of the many by-products of wood, was used to preserve meat, remove offensive odors, and produce ink.

I used to read it when visiting my parents; my Dad’s not much of a reader, but he is a carpenter and owns several Sloane books. Granted, this seems to clash with my brief experience in Vermont, where roofs consistently sat at a severe slope in order to shed snow accumulation.

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The Seasons of America Past. Even though I’m not a carpenter or woodsman myself, even though I have very little interest in histo I can’t rate this objectively, because I always associate it with slooane father. I collect all his books now, and pick them up when I find them.


Stellar illustrations and a unique historical narrative. Despite my tone here, I really learned quite a bit from this book and enjoyed it quite a bit. I read it to get closer to my mother. Sloane died in New York inwhile walking down the street to a luncheon held in his honor.

A delightful read with be Eclectic yet expert musings on the history of wood and rural life in North American which he calls Americana. Unique hand calligraphy and lettering became a characteristic of his illustrated books. May 21, John rated it it was amazing Shelves: Sloane is a genius, gifted both as a storyteller and illustrator.

It was used to make tools, fence the land, and build barns. I would definitely recommend A Reverance for Wood for those who are somewhat sentimental and perhaps foolishly romantic about rural history and living.

It is “one of Eric Sloane’s best books.

A Reverence for Wood by Eric Sloane

Here are some quotes from this one: His books feel so authentic and warm and interesting. An entertaining, factual, and historically accurate book, A Reverence for Wood will delight woodcrafters and lovers of Americana. Jul 19, Zack rated it it was amazing. Account Options Sign in. Thanks for telling us about the problem. To see what revernece friends thought of this book, please sign up.

A Reverence for Wood

Diary of an Early American Boy: Lanner Limited preview – Reading this book reminded me of being a boy and the fascination I had with woodlore and woodcraft in slloane youth. Sloane, born in Skoane York City and educated slpane Yale, most of his life has been spent in New England, where he has combined a fascinating range of interests into a colorful and highly successful career, primarily as author-illustrator of more than 24 books on American history, arts, and artifacts.


I’ve read this several times as a standalone, the latest as the last book in Eric Sloane’s Sketches of America Pastwhich is actually 3 of his books in one. Quick read, lots of information and entertaining. Paperbackpages. He relates many stories of how wood was used in the Americas, both by Native Americans and early European settlers. In his career as a painter, he produced over 15, works.

The bark of various trees was processed to make medicine. Sloane gives some history on why architecture and agriculture developed the way they did in America and reveals forgotten lore and understanding on how wood works in buildings. Owod helped me understand how charcoal is made, how to identify some trees, and how a birch bark canoe is made.

It’s also a quick read – provided you’re ready to take it for what it is and ignore Sloane’s narrow and blunderingly misogynistic interpretation of a brief period in the history of European settlement in North America. Charmingly illustrated with author Eric Sloane’s own sketches, slosne text illuminates with rare insight the enormously varied and useful qualities of wood.