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By Eric Sloane

The particular wisdom of which wooden is suited for which job, the prepared id of local bushes, the reverence for wooden, the instinctive wisdom that wooden can hot the soul in addition to the physique -- those virtues of a bygone age are revived in Eric Sloane's impressive paintings. seriously illustrated, with a piece on identity of approximately sixty local bushes, A REVERENCE FOR wooden presents an illuminating view of the source that made attainable a lot of the early payment of North the US.

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Basswood and tulip (whitewood) strips were later made into thin "scaleboards" and bent into all sorts of clever shapes, forming boxes with lids and even some made in one piece. Basswood was the favorite box material because when it dried it was very light and could therefore be weighed along with the food it contained without appreciably increasing the weight. * That night Jonathan told Sarah about the incident with the Raggies. "I'm glad you did something for them," she said. "They are such unfortunate people.

At the then current average of three hundred dollars a mile, our wood fences had added up to something like the national debt. It can be understood why farmers were very particular in their choice of fencing material. To replace a rotted fence around a five hundred acre farm might be a full year's work. If locust, cedar, chestnut, walnut, or white oak (fencing was chosen in that order) was not available nearby, a man might haul proper fencing by ox-cart from a considerable distance. So it was that Jeremy Wolcott contemplated such a journey.

The dull thud of Jonathan's maul could be heard each time he struck the glut to split a log, and the Raggies knew exactly when he started and stopped working. An experienced woodsman could even tell what kind of tree was being worked on and what kind of axe or wedge was being used. The sound of an axe cutting into soft pine is very different 61 I ,-tea£senso#ed /1 , /nPU/ head /' "- ----------- ---/ ----------- - - - - ---from the sharp ping of hardwood being cut; even the sharpness of a blade produces a certain sound to the ear of an expert, and Jonathan had often heard his father say, "Your axe sounds dull, son.

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