• The Man Who Made Things out of Trees

  • By: Robert Penn
  • Narrated by: Robert Penn
  • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 11-12-15
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.3 (16 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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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4 out of 5 stars
By M. Weston on 10-30-16

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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3 out of 5 stars
By brandon kramer on 08-04-17

worth listening to if you're into trees

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

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5 out of 5 stars
By Boggy of Bucks on 05-05-16

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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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Simon H on 10-06-17

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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5 out of 5 stars
By Matt on 09-26-16

Wonderful!

A perfect demonstration of effortless mindfulness. A thoroughly enjoyable, informative and, surprisingly, relaxing read. Some parts are almost as if listening to a guided meditation; I will be listening again!

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