Issue 07 T.O.C. – Recommendation: “Country Woodcraft” by Drew Langsner

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Book Recommendation: Country Woodcraft by Drew Langsner
Sam DeSocio


“I am willing to devote a good many hours to making one wooden bucket. The work is challenging – its own fulfillment and reward. Through the fusion of myself and the wood, an object is born that is useful and beautiful – a joy to make, to see, and to use.” - Drew Langsner 

For Issue Seven’s Book Recommendation, we reached out to Sam DeSocio, a homesteader living in upstate New York, for his thoughts on this classic. From time to time, a book is published that invites the reader to not only consider new projects that can be made, but a whole new way of living life. Drew Langsner’s Country Woodcraft exists in that vein – far more than being simply a guided tour of how-to projects, this book extends an open invitation to enter into the world of the country craftsman. 

As DeSocio points out, “The Agrarian mind isn't ultimately interested in a linear set of projects, but a web of interconnected activities surrounding the home and the land.” This book is built in concentric circles around that web, beginning at the center: the nature of wood, the uses of tools, and valuable nuggets of wisdom concerning the philosophy of the homestead. Country Woodcraft offers many useful projects for the home (brooms, spoons, a farmhouse table), for the field (rakes, a wheelbarrow, a hauling yoke), and for the shop (a shaving horse, tool handles, a spring-pole lathe). However, its most important offering may well be that it invites its readers to see working with wood as more than just a hobby – as a calling.

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