It touches upon water and windmill repairs, farm and house carpentry, work in the saw yard, making field gates, haymaking tools, coffins and more. It is not so much a technical record as the sensitive reminiscences of a craftsman; of the community spirit and the attitudes to their work and to their neighbours.
"A masterpiece of sentimental historic narrative. You know England and the English much the more intimately for reading it, and can praise the past with condemning the present ...
Some of the incidental passages are models of direct description. You can smell the sawpit, feel the dust threatening the eyes of the lower sawyer ........” The Observer.
The Village Carpenter will appeal to all woodworkers, craftspeople, historians and those
who have an appreciation for rural traditional crafts.