A Reverence for Wood / Eric Sloane.

by Classics Sloane

Hardcover, 1974



Call number

TS805 .S5


Refreshingly written, delightfully illustrated book remarks expansively on the resourcefulness of early Americans in their use of this valuable commodity - from the crafting of furniture, tools, and buildings to the use of such by-products as charcoal and medicine. "One of Sloane's best books." -Library Journal.

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Eric Sloane is to be commended for his contribution through words and sketches...

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LibraryThing member klburnside
In this book, Eric Sloane extols all the wondrous virtues of wood. From deconstructed barn planks, to the handles of tools, charcoal, and the living cells of trees, he loves it all. He relates many stories of how wood was used in the Americas, both by Native Americans and early European settlers.

As always, I love Sloane's appreciation for the past and longing for simplicity. One of my favorite parts is when Sloane talks about the old barn door he uses for a kitchen table because he loves the wood so much. He talks about sitting at his table, eating breakfast, and musing over all the stories the wood could tell. The scratches near the latch where a farmer must have lit a match for a pipe, the scratches of a dog jumping on the door, the nail where a wreath may have hung. It reminded me of an old table I got at a thrift store. It obviously belonged to a family with children. The wood was soft, so there were indentations from math homework done at the tables, names written on the table, and some other things. It had a lot of character and I often spend my meals wondering about the family that had previously owned the table. I very much relate to the pleasure Sloane finds in reflecting on the history of particular objects and imagining all the people who have either played a role in creating the object, or used it in one way or another.

I really like Sloane's illustrations too. They helped me understand how charcoal is made, how to identify some trees, and how a birch bark canoe is made.

Some parts were a little tedious, so it wasn't my favorite Sloane book, but still worth a read.
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LibraryThing member ZechariahStover
Great art. I absolutely love looking at the ink drawing by Eric Sloane. There is also so much good information clearly presented - I just love it.
LibraryThing member jpsnow
Poetic, simple, and informative. I bought a copy.
LibraryThing member jimmaclachlan
I've read this several times. I'm interested in identifying trees & knowing their uses in woodworking. This is one of the best books. It's quick & doesn't go into a lot of detail, but gives an excellent overview. He reuses a lot of the text in here in other books, but it is worth repeating.
LibraryThing member SteveJohnson
Interesting look, with lots of drawings, of ways to work with wood, using old hand tools.
LibraryThing member Cheryl_in_CC_NV
My dad turned me onto Sloane. I love satisfying my craving to learn something that I'll never use, and would never learn in school, but which is still interesting. It's especially interesting because Sloane's own passion shines in his writing.
LibraryThing member dorie.craig
I came across Eric Sloane's books when I was a teenage wanna-be author researching a book set in early America. Well, reading through Sloane's books I enjoyed the research so much I never actually got around to writing the story. His books are wonderful descriptions of everyday life in this young country, and his penciled illustrations are absolutely wonderful and informative. I collect all his books now, and pick them up when I find them.… (more)


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Physical description

111 p.


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