By Eric Sloane
The distinctive wisdom of which wooden is fitted to which job, 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 amazing paintings. seriously illustrated, with a piece on id of approximately sixty local bushes, A REVERENCE FOR wooden offers an illuminating view of the source that made attainable lots of the early payment of North the US.
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General James Brisbin, who took over the job, estimated there was "over two billion [a word seldom used in those days] dollars ' worth of wood fencing in America," and the cost of repairing it came to about one hundred million dollars a year. 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.
That much had to be stripped for one year's production of Berkshire iron. "Stripped" is no exaggeration, for should you have happened to view that countryside from any elevated point, you could have counted the big trees on the fingers of your hands. The big trees appeared two at a time, placed as "husband and wife trees" when a house was built. They were usually on 47 the east side of the house or at each side of the entrance; you could pick out the farmhouses on any New England landscape by these double clumps of green.
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. " So one day when Jonathan found some basswood trees in the Wolcott woodlots and felled a few, he was not surprised that the Raggies knew what he was about. The whack of an axe into the softer pulp of linden (or basswood as it was known) had aroused their curiosity.
A Reverence for Wood by Eric Sloane