Rob Penn: The Man Who Made Things Out of Trees
Rob Penn discusses his book: The Man Who Made Things Out Of Trees.
In 2012 Rob Penn felled a great ash from a Welsh wood and asked himself: what is the full value of one tree to our craft, culture, community and wellbeing?
Over the next two years he travelled across Britain to Europe and the US to commission ash artefacts from the present generation of ancient lines of craftsmen working in wood.
This is tale about the joy of making things in wood, of its touch and smell, its many uses, and the resonant, calming effect of running our hands along a wooden surface. Personal, practical, timely and poetic, Rob Penn tells the full story of the ash tree in our culture, its use and uses, and writes from the heart about the therapeutic value of working with wood and walking in woodland.
About Rob Penn
Penn is an author, journalist, cyclist and TV presenter who wrote and presented Tales from the Wild Wood, a TV series about British woodlands. He is patron of the Small Woods Association and Media Associate at the Sylva Foundation, running classes in woodlore and craft for local children and families with their primary school to encourage the next generations relationship with wood. Having cycled the Trans-Amazonian Highway with Freddie Flintoff, they have been making TV Series together, travelling round Britain.
Date/Time: Sat 18th June - 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm Add to Calendar
Cost: £7/£5 concs
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