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A Splintered History of Wood
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SPIKE CARLSEN is an editor, carpenter, woodworker, and author of the award-winning A Splintered History of Wood: Belt Sander Races, Blind Woodworkers and Baseball Bats, which was featured as an NPR "Best Books of 2008" and 2008 MBA Midwest Connections Pick. A former executive editor of Family Handyman magazine, he has written for Men's Health, Popular Woodworking, Make, and many other publications.

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"Wonderfully strange and interesting....Mixing well-researched history, trivia and humorous anecdotes, A Splintered History of Wood meanders from chainsaw artists to belt-sander races, from Steinway pianos airdropped during WWII to the first know wooden tool: the toothpick."--NPR Morning Edition
"Engaging, informative...Spike's wide-eyed enthusiasm is catching, and his curiosity takes him way beyond the ordinary...[Splintered History] is for anyone interested in how this humble material, and the people who work with it, have made us who we are."--Family Handyman magazine
"Engaging and exhaustively researched...a solid history of wood."--Publishers Weekly
"Thoroughly researched, thoughtful, and entertaining.... just enough of the science of trees and wood, and of the technology of wood products and woodworking, to inform but not burden lay readers....Numerous stories add immeasurably to the book's appeal."--School Library Journal
"Who knew wood could be this fascinating?"--Booklist

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