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By Spike Carlsen

ISBN-10: 0061645443

ISBN-13: 9780061645440

In an international with no wooden, we would no longer be the following in any respect. We wouldn't have had the hearth, warmth, and safeguard that allowed us to extend into the planet's less warm areas. If civilization by some means did increase, our day-by-day lives will be significantly diversified: there will be no violins, baseball bats, chopsticks, or wine corks. The e-book you're now protecting wouldn't exist.

Spike Carlsen's A Splintered historical past of wooden is a grand get together of all issues wood and the characters who lovingly form them—eccentric artisans and passionate fans who've created a few of the world's such a lot cherished musical tools, feared guns, outstanding structure, and peculiar varieties of transportation. From champion chainsaw carvers to blind woodworkers, from the striking Staircase to the Lindbergh kidnapping case, here's a passionate, own, amazingly wonderful exploration of nature's maximum present.

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Put these advances together and you’ve got one Ferrari of a tree. And angiosperms were versatile and fast. They evolved into the oak, beech, elm, chestnut, and other trees that produce the wood woodworkers love to cut up. Angiosperms and gymnosperms coexisted peacefully side by side for millions of years. And why not? There was plenty of water and sunlight. There were few predators. And it was warm. Even though— from time to time—it did get a bit chilly. So there you sit, an honest, hardworking planet.

Around as a Folger’s coffee can, and is harder than oak. It’s a grass that doesn’t really act, look, or feel like a grass. The grass they used was bamboo—over a hundred thousand poles of it. This was no isolated incident; 90 percent of the scaffold used in Hong Kong is bamboo. And no wonder—according to contractors and builders it costs 95 percent less than steel scaffolding and goes up six times as fast. Classifying bamboo as a grass (which it is) instead of a wood is akin to classifying a tomato as a fruit (which it is) instead of a vegetable.

The earth would be, well, all earth tones. But if you were to walk to the edge of the water and slip on your close-up lens, you would see something heart-warming: the first single-cell life-forms. Not very big, not doing much, but hey: a start. The exact origin of these miraculous cells we leave for Darwin, Jimmy Swaggart, and the Discovery Channel to debate, but the undeniable fact is that they’re there. Click the shutter and voilà: you’ve got a photo of where the story of wood begins. You’d need to wait around another five hundred million years or so before you’d start seeing blue-green algae form.

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