If you chop fire­wood, you need this book

NZ Lifestyle Block - - Notebook - By Lars Myt­ting Ha­chette, hard cover, 192 pages $44.95

When I showed this book to NZ Life­style Block’s de­signer Re­becca, she knew im­me­di­ately what it was. Her hus­band Phil has been read­ing it avidly, hav­ing bor­rowed it from a friend. An­other cou­ple of friends were wait­ing in line for their turn.

It’s a com­mon story when you start men­tion­ing Nor­we­gian Wood – Chop­ping, Stack­ing and Dry­ing Wood the Scan­di­na­vian Way. It’s riv­et­ing. Se­ri­ously.

It’s an oddly spe­cific book too. There is a chap­ter on the right kind of chop­ping block. On the Sources page are spe­cial lists of the axes and chain­saws fea­tured in the pic­tures.

The book is ded­i­cated to the author’s neigh­bour Ot­tar, the man who in­spired him to learn and write about fire­wood (and it ends sadly). You wouldn’t believe a book on the prac­ti­cal as­pects of fire­wood could be mov­ing, emo­tional, an ex­pres­sion of love and care for na­ture and peo­ple, but it is.

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