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ISBN: 9781899233212
Paperback: 193 pages
Colour Photos: 148
Illustrations: 102
Dimensions: 210 x 280 x 12mm
Weight: 1kg
Printed on 100% recycled paper

Price: £19.95 + £ 2.95 p & p

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The long awaited book from Barry Mays!

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Fifteen years in the making, The Green Wood Companion was born out of the authors need to gather information on the path to becoming a self-taught green wood chair maker. Somehow along the way, he got carried away a bit….this is the result.

He has created a very unusual reference book “with knobs on” - compiled and written to preserve and share much of the specialist know-how  learned and passed on through successive generations, about trees, woodland crafts, woodlands and our special relationship with nature.

From this eclectic collection of fascinating information, you will learn, for instance the right wood to use for a spoon, or a divining rod, which wood burns best, how to make beech leaf liqueur, where to buy a Twybil, the anatomy of an axe, the dye colours obtained from oak bark, what the Romans thought about Hawthorne, when to use a Beetle, uses for wood ash, and much, much more.

Whether you are already working in a wood related profession, or are an enthusiastic hobbyist, a craftsperson, historian, someone who just loves woodlands and the wonders they contain, or are just a fan of anything “wood” – this is the book for you.

Contents: click here for a pdf of contents.

Sample pages 90 and 91 as pdf (large file)

Sample pages 118 and 119 as pdf (large file)


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