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By Eric Sloane

The unique wisdom of which wooden is suited for which activity, the prepared id of local timber, the reverence for wooden, the instinctive wisdom that wooden can hot the soul in addition to the physique -- those virtues of a bygone age are revived in Eric Sloane's extraordinary paintings. seriously illustrated, with a piece on identity of approximately sixty local bushes, A REVERENCE FOR wooden offers an illuminating view of the source that made attainable loads of the early payment of North the US.

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Jonathan will take good care of you, Sarah, and it will take his mind 54 from all the war he's seen. There's nothing like splitting rails to rest a man's mind and give him healthful exercise. " "Chestnut rails can season right in the fence if we hang them right. It's the posts that must be seasoned. The Long Island posts have been seasoned for two years; with a little charring they should last as long as we do. " "It sounds like 'The Boston Post Riders' to me," said Sarah. "The Boston Post Riders" was a well-known story of early times, for when the road was opened, two mail riders started out from opposite ends, riding at full tilt to save time.

_~_-_i1U_ I wood instead of being fastened with iron. The old trunnels (treenails) allowed joints to move with atmospheric changes without being torn apart. Just as the bark on trees tightens when a cold air mass passes through the forest, the great timbers in early structures move on their joints and sometimes make resounding booms through the night. Early fastening pins or trunnels were just hand-cut pegs, but during the middle 1700's framers used interesting methods for making them secure. Sometimes they were nicked to keep them from working their way out; often the hole in one of the two connecting beams was slightly offset so the trunnel would have to be wedged in tightly.

It is amazing how often old trunnels become wedded to the joint (it is as if they had been welded there). In disconnecting the rafters of my barn, it was almost impossible to hammer the peak trunnels out. HPre LlP rOk'nd heape-d- "wetting bush," a small sapling that had been nailed there upright by the builder (as is still the custom) when the roof framing was finished. I knew what Harley meant, for I had encountered the phrase before. " Ruth could hardly wait till I returned to ask me what they meant.

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