Why Woodcraft?

Northern England in the age of coal.

For brick and mortar breed filth and crime,
With a pulse of evil that throbs and beats;
And men are withered before their prime
By the curse paved in with the lanes and streets.

And lungs are poisoned and shoulders bowed,
In the smothering reek of mill and mine;
And death stalks in on the struggling crowd—
But he shuns the shadow of oak and pine.

—Nessmuk (George Washington Sears)

Preface to Woodcraft

Where is Your Study? By a Creek in the Woods

Potůček v lese / Creek in the woods, 1900, Březina Václav. Czech (1862 - 1906).

Potůček v lese / Creek in the woods, 1900, Březina Václav. Czech (1862 – 1906).

When a traveler asked Wordsworth’s servant to show him her master’s study, she answered “Here is his library, but his study is out of doors.”