"One of Sloane's best books."--Library Journal Refreshingly written and delightfully illustrated book underscores the important role wood has played in the development of American life and culture. Covering such topics as the aesthetics of wood, wooden implements, and carpentry, the text also remarks expansively on the resourcefulness of early Americans in their use of this valuable commodity--from fashioning cradles, barns, and coffins to making furniture, tools, and medicine. Entertaining, factual, and historically accurate, this volume will delight woodcrafters and lovers of Americana. 69 black-and-white illustrations.Sloane, Eric is the author of 'Reverence for Wood', published 2004 under ISBN 9780486433943 and ISBN 0486433943.