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Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of The Man Who Made Things out of Trees.

Robert Penn cut down an ash tree to see how many things could be made from it. After all, ash is the tree we have made the greatest and most varied use of over the course of human history. Journeying from Wales across Europe and Ireland to the USA, Robert finds that the ancient skills and knowledge of the properties of ash, developed over millennia making wheels and arrows, furniture and baseball bats, are far from dead.

The book chronicles how the urge to understand and appreciate trees still runs through us all like grain through wood.

©2015 Robert Penn (P)2015 Penguin Books Limited

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Engaging and intimate

Penn has important environmental things to say and does so engagingly and relevantly. He is deeply connected to trees and woodland on a very emotional level and his enthusiasm comes through in this telling of the post mortem uses of one particular tree. His tree now lives on in the artefacts and uses made of its flesh and we all learn to appreciate and value it, and by extension all timber, through this tale.

I listened to this book while engaged in my own amateur fiddling with my own woodland and if you can do so I heartily recommend you listen surrounded by trees.

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Outstanding !

Robert Penn has written an easily consumable and fascinating love letter to an ash tree he took from his local woods and the products that he produced from it.

The author's narration brings the book alive and adds to the listener's enjoyment and experience of what is an unusual and imaginative approach to the subject of the natural world .

He weaves aspects of history, biology of trees together with our human experience making the whole book calming and almost as meditative as sitting in a wood and experiencing nature first hand.

I loved it!

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PhD on the Ash Tree

If you love trees you will learn a lot from this book but maybe more than you expected.

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A great story that stays in my head now a year on

Really liked this book, brought me home in many ways. Also a big fan of ash and went to make something right after finishing this.

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I work with wood so this was a n interesting book I learnt stuff and it was inspiring

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Informative, interesting and well read

Informative about the history of Ash and its uses,
interesting to learn about all that is made from it and the people who make.
well read too.

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informative, easy listening

A very interesting and informative book, written in a way that is easy to digest. very enjoyable.

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very well written

very well written account of one man's experience with one tree and of the importsnce of woodland in our lives in general. Really opens my eyes to the timber industry and to the fact that a 'wild' wood may not be wild at all, but carefully managed

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informative, captivating, and well read!

informative, captivating, and well read! As a carpenter, joiner and woodsman I found this book beautiful to listen to, with descriptions so vivid you can almost smell the wood.

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  • 26-06-17

Thoroughly engaging

A great book, if you're interested in not only the process but historical narrative of woodland management and production. A lovely example of nature writing

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  • M. Weston
  • 30-10-16

Terribly innacurate title, but...

well worth the read. Great performance by the writer himself. I learned a lot and enjoyed the offshoots into esoteric topics.

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  • Alex
  • 14-04-20

Ash me anything

This book was such a wonderful experience and acquaintance. I have always loved good wood and craftsmanship and this book made me wanting to plant ash on my homestead and make things from it.

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  • Michael Hall
  • 30-05-18

Excellent read. Loved this book.

Compelling story telling. Informative, entertaining, beautifully written and narrated. I'll be keeping this one to listen to a second time around in a year or two.

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  • brandon kramer
  • 04-08-17

worth listening to if you're into trees

A good listen for Woodworkers and tree people and a nice homage to ash trees.