Author: Joachim Radkau
Publisher: Polity
ISBN: 0745646883
Size: 69.26 MB
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Ötzi the iceman could not do without wood when he was climbing his Alpine glacier, nor could medieval cathedral-builders or today's construction companies. From time immemorial, the skill of the human hand has developed by working wood, so much so that we might say that the handling of wood is a basic element in the history of the human body. The fear of a future wood famine became a panic in the 18th century and sparked the beginnings of modern environmentalism. This book traces the cultural history of wood and offers a highly original account of the connection between the raw material and the human beings who benefit from it. Even more, it shows that wood can provide a key for a better understanding of history, of the pecularities as well as the varieties of cultures, of a co-evolution of nature and culture, and even of the rise and fall of great powers. Beginning with Stone Age hunters, it follows the twists and turns of the story through the Middle Ages and the Industrial Revolution to the global society of the twenty-first century, in which wood is undergoing a varied and unexpected renaissance. Radkau is sceptical of claims that wood is about to disappear, arguing that such claims are self-serving arguments promoted by interest groups to secure cheaper access to, and control over, wood resources. The whole forest and timber industry often strikes the outsider as a world unto itself, a hermetically sealed black box, but when we lift the lid on this box, as Radkau does here, we will be surprised by what we find within. Wide-ranging and accessible, this rich historical analysis of one of our most cherished natural resources will find a wide readership.


Author: Andy Goldsworthy
ISBN: 9780500515174
Size: 66.13 MB
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Individual artists, art monographs.

Understanding Wood

Author: R. Bruce Hoadley
Publisher: Taunton Press
ISBN: 9781561583584
Size: 40.26 MB
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The twenty-fifth anniversary edition of this craftsman's classic instructs readers in the art of cutting, seasoning, machining, joining, and bending wood.


Author: Forest Products Laboratory (U.S.)
Size: 20.69 MB
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Author: Fine Woodworking
Publisher: Taunton Press
ISBN: 9781561580996
Size: 53.28 MB
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Written from the craftsman's perspective, this book provides solid information on all aspects of wood. Attention is also given to the physical properites, seasonal changes, and how different types of wood react to machining and finishing.

Black Decker The Complete Guide To Outdoor Wood Projects

Author: Creative Publishing Editors
Publisher: Creative Publishing International
ISBN: 9781610603232
Size: 29.26 MB
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Wood accessories add function and beauty to your landscape. Wood furnishings and accessories for the landscape are enormously popular, and most are very easy to build using ordinary hand power tools. The Complete Guide to Outdoor Wood Projects provides an exciting mixture of these projects, ranging from the basic, practical storage projects to decorative, ornamental accessories. Some projects can be built in an hour or two, others might require a weekend, but each project includes foolproof directions, clear illustrations, and color photography to guide you every step of the way.

Grant Wood

Author: Brady M. Roberts
Publisher: Pomegranate
ISBN: 0876544855
Size: 31.31 MB
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Grant Wood's (1891-1942) paintings epitomized the Regionalist movement and attracted an immense popular audience. This book, published as the catalog for the traveling exhibit which premiered at the Davenport Museum of Art in Iowa (1995), is richly illustrated with some sixty of Wood's paintings and preparatory studies. The text examines Modernist influences on the artist, specifically in relation to his abstract design principles and the lasting influence of Neo-Impressionism on his painting.By Brady Roberts, James M. Dennis, James Hornes, and Helen Mar Parkin, Davenport Museum of Art. 128 pages, 60 full-color reproductions, 27 black-and-white illustrations, size: 11 x 9. Smythe-sewn paperbound book.

Primary Wood Processing

Author: John C.F. Walker
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 1402043937
Size: 34.39 MB
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This book is primarily a general text covering the whole sweep of the forest industries. The over-riding emphasis is on a clear, simple interpretation of the underlying science, demonstrating how such principles apply to processing operations. The book considers the broad question "what is wood?" by looking at the biology, chemistry and physics of wood structure. Wood quality is examined, and explanations are offered on how and why wood quality varies and the implications for processing. Finally, various "industrial processes" are reviewed and interpreted. All chapters have been written by specialists, but the presentation targets a generalist audience.