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- Listening Length: 4 hours and 10 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 28 Mar. 2013
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00C2KSF80
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Woodsman Audiobook – Unabridged
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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.
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.
It's also a sanitised retelling of Ben's story, passing over a lot of details present in other sources, and making Ben the central figure in everything, and others who have helped are all 'apprentices' or less. A quick replay of Grand Designs shows the story of building his house to have been somewhat different.