Harris, Esmond Oak: A British History

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Oak: A British History

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Oak has always held pride of place amongst trees in Britain has long provided the British people with a wonderful natural resource. In this book the authors reclaim the disappearing forestry and carpentry skills of our ancestors and show how oak can continue to enrich our future as a key element in an ecologically rich countryside. They explore how people managed and exploited oakwoods since Neolithic times, and the skills required in the use of timbers for ship-building, furniture and constructing houses. They also explore the myths, symbols and cultural associations that have connected people in Britain with the oak tree over hundreds of years. An appendix lists over 700 particularly significant oak trees, with notes on their location, present condition and historical connections.

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Oak has always held pride of place amongst trees in Britain. For centuries, its durability, strength and attractiveness made it the timber of choice. When the British state was forged in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, these qualities made it a metaphor for the virtues of the nation. This book tells the story of man's use of this wonderful natural resource, and argues that oak still has a rich future, both as a material and as a key element in an ecologically rich countryside. The authors are concerned with how people have managed and exploited oakwoods over time and with the uses to which oak timber has been put, in ships, furniture and buildings. As practising foresters, they revisit with an expert's eye the silvicultural techniques of the past - the methods of propogating, raising, managing, coppicing and felling oak through the tree's life, from acorn to standard. They reveal the skills needed to work with oak timber, and tell the story of the great industries of iron-smelting and shipbuilding which relied on the tree. They also explore the myths, symbols and cultural associations that have connected people in Britain with the oak over hundreds of years.

An appendix lists over 7000 particularly significant oak trees, with notes on their location, present condition and historical connections. This book is cultural history not only of a tree, but also of a timber. It reclaims the disappearing forestry and carpentry skills of our ancestors and shows how, in an era of climate change, oak can enrich our future as well as our past.

About the Author:

Esmond Harris has spent a lifetime working as a forester, and is a past Director of the Royal Forestry Society. Jeanette Harris is a naturalist and author. Together they wrote the best-selling Reader's Digest Guide to the Trees and Shrubs of Britain. They also run a small farm in Cornwall, which has won awards for its woodland renovation. N.D.G. James was President of the Royal Forestry Society and the author of several tree books. He died in 1993, having laid the foundations for this book.

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Published by Windgather Press (2004)
ISBN 10: 0953863085 ISBN 13: 9780953863082
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