The heft and feel of a well-worn handle,
The sight of shavings that curl from a blade;
The logs in the wood pile, the sentiment of huge beams in an old-fashioned house;
The smell of fresh cut timber and the pungent fragrance of burning leaves;
The crackle of kindling and the hiss of burning logs.
Abundant to all the needs of man, how poor the world would be
Without wood.

Everard Hinrichs, quoted by Eric Sloane in A Reverence for Wood


Sunday, April 3, 2011

They Sawed Up a Storm

There have many many stories told of women stepping into traditional male roles during the Second World War. But this is one I've never heard. Sarah Smith of the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension has written a book called "They Sawed Up a Storm" about women who considered it their duty to keep the local mill running.

Here's an excellent review of the book.

1 comment:

Chuck Ray said...

I just received and read my copy of the book. Easy read, and an interesting look into the times. A worthwhile addition to your library...a real conversation starter.