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Woodsman by Ben Law
  

Woodsman

Biography / Autobiography   The Real World   eBook Favourites   eBook Favourites   

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I was entranced by this account of living as a Forester, how a man can make a living and a home out of managing woodland. And when it is someone as sensitive to place as Ben Law then biodiversity increases, ponds and waterways are cleared, the woodlands restored and everything thriving from insects to plants and mammals. Alas, the book is too short, you long for more, more detail and more observation of the natural world which in Ben Law’s hands comes close to Gilbert White. He is excellent too at the craft of the woodsman, detailing how every inch of cut wood is used, the poetry of the trees, their names and their uses, the exotic tools, I loved it all.

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Synopsis

Woodsman by Ben Law

Ben Law has lived as a woodsman in Prickly Nut Wood for over 20 years. His authentic, incredible sense of the land and the wildlife, and his respect for age-old traditions and how to sustain them offers a wonderful, inviting insight into the life and character of Prickly Nut Wood. Having travelled to Papua New Guinea and the Amazon, observing age-old techniques for living in, working in and preserving forests and woodland, Ben Law felt compelled to return home and apply his learnings to a 400 year old plot of woodland near where he grew up - Prickly Nut Wood. This is the story of how he came to know and love his woodland, how he lived off the land, how he coppiced and hedged and created charcoal, how he puddled and built shelter, and finally how he carved out his famous, characterful woodland home that Kevin McCloud has cited as his favourite ever Grand Design.

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'Ben Law is an extraordinary man' - Kevin McCloud

About the Author

Ben Law is a writer, Woodsman, Master Carpenter and Eco-Builder. He lives and works at Prickly Nut Woods in West Sussex, in his unique home, the building which was filmed for Channel 4's Grand Designs and was voted by viewers the most popular Grand Design ever.

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Book Info

Publication date

3rd April 2014

Author

Ben Law

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Author's Website

www.ben-law.co.uk/

Publisher

HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Format

Paperback
256 pages

Categories

Biography / Autobiography
The Real World
eBook Favourites
eBook Favourites

Autobiography: general
The countryside, country life

ISBN

9780007551927

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