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Woodsman [Hardcover]

Ben Law
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Book Description

28 Mar 2013

Ben Law’s incredible sense of the land and his respect for age old traditions offers a wonderful insight into the life of Prickly Nut Wood.

Having travelled to Papua New Guinea and the Amazon, observing age-old techniques for living in, working in and preserving forests and woodland, Ben Law felt compelled to return home and apply his learnings to a 400 year old plot of woodland near where he grew up – Prickly Nut Wood.

This is the story of how he came live off the land, how he coppiced and hedged and created charcoal, how he puddled and built shelter and finally how he carved out his famous woodland home that Kevin McCloud has cited as his favourite ever Grand Design.

And it’s the story of the wood itself – how it lives and breathes and affects all those who encounter it, and how it’s developed over the twenty years Ben has shared in its lifespan.

This transporting tale that will make you long to hear the dawn chorus and wake up every day to the serene beauty of Britain’s woodland.


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Product details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Collins (28 Mar 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 000741627X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007416271
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 183,685 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘Ben Law is an extraordinary man’ Kevin McCloud

About the Author

Ben Law is a writer, Woodsman, Master Carpenter and Eco-Builder. He lives and works at Prickly Nut Woods in West Sussex, in his unique home, the building which was filmed for Channel 4's Grand Designs and was voted by viewers the most popular Grand Design ever.


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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointed 19 Oct 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Whilst there can be no doubting Ben's affinity with his environment and his deep love of nature; I found this book most unsatisfying, I'm afraid.
He is a woodsman and a master of his craft but there seemed to be a commercial edge to this book by way of promoting his products in a very blatant way. He appears to be a little too preoccupied with selling his wares!
He mentions "his company" quite a lot and I found this very irritating.
I wanted more of Ben's interpretation of nature, which you do get to some extent, and when this is the case, it's delightful.
For me - this was a real disappointment; there was just a little too much of Ben selling Ben. I hope "fame" does not damage his true calling; he should remember why it all started and where he began.
Sorry Ben.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The woodland is a wonderful place 17 May 2013
By C. Colley TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Ben Law has lived and worked in Prickly Nut Wood for over 20 years and this book gives an insight into his life. It's written in a very accessible style and a glossary is provided to understand some of the woodland jargon.
Ben's story begins when he first moved into the wood and how he observed what was going on around him before deciding what to do with the woodland. It then moves on to all the things that Ben has carried out over the years. It's an interesting and informative book and covers things like, hedge laying, charcoal burning and coppicing and extracting wood. It also includes a bit about the house Ben built (featured on Grand Designs), but I think this is covered in more detail in another book.
The book is not written in a smug way and to be honest you really have to admire this bloke and all that he has achieved. Ben is obviously very passionate about sustaining the old methods of woodland management. The last chapter reveals Ben Law's vision of the future and it's compelling to read.
This is a book for everyone who loves nature, woodlands and interested in learning about a woodland lifestyle. It's also informative for anyone interested in learning about sustainable woodland management. It did make me think about the little things I can do to make a difference on the environment, although I can't see my husband getting rid of his Rottne harvester anytime soon.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Poor ending to a good book 2 April 2014
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A great read by an inspirational guy, I thought the message and content of the main book was excellent, sadly let down by a dream sequence last two chapters in which Ben's own vision for his future (and he deserves that dream in his wood) expanded to the whole of Britain...getting rid of cars yet keeping the internet ( he can't get batteries for tools due to a lack of chemicals, yet we can maintain the web!)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A thought provoking read 30 May 2013
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A lovely book that makes you want to rush out and leave the rat race behind. It is very inspiring and makes you reassess your relationship with nature. Some of Ben Laws ideas on how our lifestyles might change are a bit unrealistic of how most of us can live, but well worth the read none the less.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Woodsman 11 Jun 2014
By smiffy
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I enjoyed this book I'm now looking into geting another not sure which one yet , some of his points are very good but I've looked into coppicing & it's very hard to get into ,the courses cost money & finding some woodland to manage is nigh on impossible
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5.0 out of 5 stars Woodsman by Ben law 8 Mar 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Very good and rewarding great read,informative articles and poses the question of how we live and use what we have
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5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Good! 13 Nov 2013
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Can't quite explain why I enjoyed this book so much as the subject matter doesn't initially seem like it would lend itself to a whole book but it simply does! Just a lovely description of a simpler way of life - I envy Ben Laws!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read 23 Aug 2013
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I love the way the book teaches about the forest in an easy to read way, also that it incorporates wildlife and Bob's own life, very interesting reading thanks!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Inside the woods
Fantastic use of knowledge to entertain and inspire you, ben laws takes you throughout his space ,very interesting good read
Published 4 months ago by T
2.0 out of 5 stars LOST IN THE WOOD
To my way of thinking Ben Law loses his way in the woods he so obviously knows and loves, by being guilty of some pretentious and po-faced writing about the profit-making potential... Read more
Published 6 months ago by PAT ARMSTRONG
1.0 out of 5 stars Damaged
Not read this as it is a present for someone. As Amazon allows no comment save return of an item, which is a great deal of effort if one is not too fit and well I decided to warn... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Keith White
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
Bought for husband and he loved it and now ants to add to this collection of books by Ben Law.
Published 7 months ago by Bilbo
4.0 out of 5 stars Woodsman
An easily read, considered book, full of heartfelt advice using the wealth of experience Ben Law has gained living and working in Prickly Nut Wood. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Peter K Dicken
5.0 out of 5 stars A dream
I watched the programme on TV so I'm looking forward to reading it, looks like a lot more info than the TV programme
Published 12 months ago by lesley
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring !
A riveting and inspiring read from start to finish, Some wise words that resonate with me and some work I am involved with none more apt than his idea of allowing oneself to watch... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Trish Roberts
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