By Eric Sloane
The particular wisdom of which wooden is fitted to which activity, the prepared id of local timber, 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 awesome paintings. seriously illustrated, with a bit on identity of approximately sixty local bushes, A REVERENCE FOR wooden presents an illuminating view of the source that made attainable loads of the early payment of North the United States.
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25. c. /865 Looking north from Cornwall over Connecticut's Berkshires, one sees an unending series of rolling hills. From the Revolution to the Civil War this land had given most of its tree growth to feed the iron furnaces. Every thirty-five years, which is sufficient time for hardwood trees to grow into useful timber, the hills were harvested. " The furnaces there were making about three million dollars'worth of iron each year and over half of that was paid for wood consumed as iron-making charcoal.
People cleaned their teeth with it. Although the first results may look ghastly, there is actually nothing more beneficial for teeth than charcoal powder. Swallow some of it? Also good; there is nothing better for upset stomach. It even sweetens the breath. If you want to purify water or remove an offensive odor from anything, use charcoal. Sailors used to throw burnt muffins into their water supply when it became stale or smelly; meat packers used to pack their meats in charcoal. Ice was 58 stored in charcoal, gunpowder was made with it; printer's ink, black paint, medicines, even highways were made from it.
Resting on a bed of leaves and young shoots was the hulk of an old apple tree well over three feet in diameter. It had fallen from old age, yet some of the branches which were still living when the old tree fell had struck into the ground and miraculously taken root to become offspring of the parent tree. As the fallen trunk decayed, new apple saplings had rooted all around it, giving the appearance of a family gathered around a dead giant on his bier. The old tree had dug its branches like fingers into the earth, a strange and striking sequence of resurrection.
A Reverence for Wood by Eric Sloane