An exuberant tale of craftsmanship for nature lovers and rugged outdoor types everywhere 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.
There is no greater debt than that which mankind owes to trees, and Robert Penn proves this brilliantly - a highly readable account of the multitude of uses one single ash tree can provide Lars Mytting, author of 'Norwegian Wood'
Robert Penn schreibt für die Financial Times, Condé Nast Traveler und den Observer. Auf einem Fahrrad, das er nach der keltischen Sagengestalt Mannanan benannte, reiste er um die ganze Welt. Er lebt mit seiner Frau und seinen drei Kindern in Wales.