I liked this book.
It’s about Ash trees and what you can make out of their wood. It’s a simple enough idea but it takes the author, Robert Penn, to many parts of the UK , Europe and America and he meets a variety of interesting craftsmen on his journeys.
Baseball bats, cricket stumps and bails and hurley sticks – the ash wood has its place in sports. Travel too: toboggans, wheels, coracles, paddles etc.
The book is easy to read and I felt myself being carried along by the tale – it’s certainly not wooden. It’s full of fascinating facts of natural history, history and craft but it’s a slight shame there is no index.
If I didn’t have a copy, I’d like it as a Christmas present and so might many of your friends.
The Man who made things out of Trees by Robert Penn is published by Particular Books.