By Eric Sloane
The particular wisdom of which wooden is suited for which job, the prepared identity 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 impressive paintings. seriously illustrated, with a piece on identity of approximately sixty local timber, A REVERENCE FOR wooden offers an illuminating view of the source that made attainable a lot of the early payment of North the US.
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By 45 1865 there were four hundred and fifty-two all-metal apple-parers invented, yet the old-timers preferred the paring knife. " Anything which hitherto had been made of wood was quickly duplicated and mass-produced in iron. And to replace the beauty of handmade design, ornaments were added. A locomotive stack might be fluted and flowered; a steam engine's walking-beam might become a replica of an Ionic column. Carpenter's tools, house architecture, and even farm machinery got the treatment. It was an era of doodads and decoration.
LJ/n£r . . . -~--- .... w with an axe on the theory that the loss of wood there would be less weakening than the knot. Often when an old house is being remodeled and the ceiling beams are exposed, these indentations cause some disappointment, for they are usually taken as an indication that some earlier remodeling had been done. Knots on the sides or upper parts of the beams were compressive, and therefore not weakening, so they were never cut out. Builders today wouldn't think of using a ten-inch square beam for framing a small house; in fact, lumber yards don't carry that kind of wood.
15,840 deduct the cost of wire rails ... .. . .. . ... .. . .. 1,751 to the credit of live tree posts and wire fence in 50 years . .... $14,089 53 "Besides this great earning," the account goes on, "the soil around the fence will benefit by shade and the falling of leaves and twigs. Whoever might wish to see a wire fence of this plan may observe its benefits at R. " The report is signed, "Hon. Richard Peters, pres. of Agrict. " But America was a country of wooden wealth, and wire fences seemed sacrilegious to the average farmer; it took another century for the wire fence to become generally popular, and then only because there was no wood left for making wooden fences.