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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A Reverence for Wood

My favorite line is profound and has changed sloaje attitude of many a customer who would like a ding or dent to dissapear. From deconstructed barn planks, to the handles of tools, charcoal, and the living cells of trees, he loves it all.

His books are wonderful descriptions of everyday life in this young country, and his penciled illustrations are absolutely wonderful and informative.

He talks about sitting at his table, eating reverencce, and musing over all the stories the wood could tell. I enjoyed this, despite it’s rose-colored-p This book is a short meander though a mythical America where relaxed pioneers worried primarily about how to use trees and shared scripted conversations with each other that mirror Hanna-Barbera cartoons.

My dad turned me onto Sloane. Feb 12, John rated it it was reverenc Shelves: 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.


A Reverence for Wood

Charmingly illustrated with author Eric Sloane’s own sketches, the text illuminates with rare insight the enormously varied and useful qualities of wood. The idea, apparently, was that snow was actually warmer than the winter air and would actually keep the place at a more agreeable temperature! Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone.

Apr 08, Don Gubler rated it liked it. Nostalgic, insightful, and spiritual. It was used to make tools, fence the land, and build barns. Sloane died in New York inwhile walking down the street to a luncheon held in ofr honor. Jan 28, Matthew rated it it was amazing.

Stellar illustrations and a unique historical narrative. Covering such topics as the aesthetics of wood, wooden implements, and carpentry, Sloane remarks expansively and with affection on the resourcefulness of early Americans in their use of this precious commodity. Charmingly illustrated with author Eric Sloane’s own sketches, the text illuminates with rare insight the enormously varied and useful qualities of wood. Named as a classic, Reverence meanders through stories of the “Seek-no-further” apple, timber and joints in his old New England barn, and 18th century batten door styles.

The drawings are plain and beautiful, and would hang well on a wall by themselves. I would definitely recommend A Reverance for Wood for those who are somewhat sentimental and perhaps foolishly romantic about rural history and living. The prose is noticeably nostalgic and peppered with pleasant illustrations. The Way America Was. Trivia About A Reverence for Wood.

Jul 03, Quentin Paquette rated it wod liked it. Some parts were a little tedious, so it wasn’t my favorite Sloane book, but still worth a read. Jan 22, Kenneth Lacovara rated it really liked it.


The journey back in time is revealed by the marks of craftsmanship, and a message in the grain of the commentary that there is a wealth in wod, one that is realized by working with it in understanding. My library Help Advanced Book Search. Taking us to the site of the original, Sloane shows us the saplings deverence have taken root where the old tree has fallen to the ground. Eric Sloane born Everard Jean Hinrichs was an American landscape painter and author of illustrated works of cultural history and folklore.

I read it to get closer to my mother.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Sloane also had a great interest in New England folk culture, Colonial daily life, and Americana. The last dozen pages or so are fantastic. A reverence for wood Funk and Wagnall’s Book Series.

It’s a short book, and it tells tales of New England and efic of the history of wood in America. His books feel so authentic and warm and interesting. His fascination with the sky and weather led to commissions to paint works for the U. Quick read, lots of information and entertaining.

Not heavy reading by any means, and told in a way that keeps you interested.