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Review of Ben Law's 'The Woodland Year'

Paul Cereghino
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Has anyone read this one?  What does it add to the practice?  Is it relevant to N. America?  Is it relevant to the small holder (<5 acres)?


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Matt Ferrall


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I have this book.I didnt learn much new from it that I could apply here in the states.His first book covers some technique and this doesnt really expand on that.It does have some great photos and brings you into his life in the woods.I love that he loves sorbus torminalis as that is one of my favorite plants for the PNW as far as lost fruits goes.I love that he eats wild.Overall I would call this book inspirational /coffee table but good at doing that!While providing examples of people surviving on wood craft,I have a hard time seeing myself selling charcol or woven fences to the rural folks in my neighborhood so perhaps if you lived somewhere alittle more well off those products might sell as a novelty but I dont hold it against people for having to do dog and pony shows for $ .Not sure how great of examples they are though?


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Brenda Groth
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an interesting book review..guess it would be something to read if you are really into biographies of people who ilve in and by the woods..but basically don't waste your money if you want a good reference book..right?


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Matt Ferrall


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Correct,although  really a photographic biography of diferent woodland lifestyles currently practiced in England.The funniest quote is Ben talking about the horribly overgrown forests that havnt been cut since the 40`s(gasp!).
Brenda Groth
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Suzy Bean
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Here is the amazon link to the book: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ISBN/1856230333/rs12-20


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paul wheaton
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Suzy Bean
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I am putting together a book/dvd/magazine page for Paul, and to save him some time from making a (short paragraph) written review of everything, I figured I'd ask permie folks to write "what Paul would say" in each thread something is talked about.

So what would Paul say about The Woodland Year?
 
 
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