Rob Penn: How to turn an ash tree into a spoon

26th October 2015

Across much of the world the ash tree has been used for centuries to make everything from axe handles, to cartwheels and even the first motorcars.

In Rob Penn’s latest book, The Man Who Made Things Out of Trees, he travels from Wales across Europe and Ireland to the USA, to discover 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 our intimate relationship with the tree, and how the urge to understand and appreciate trees still runs through us all like grain through wood.

Follow this linkto watch him fell a 70-foot ash in the Black Mountains of south Wales - part of his forestry management efforts to keep the ash and other trees thriving there.

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