Tools of the Earth

By Jeff Taylor; Rich Taylor; Rich Taylor
(Chronicle Books, Hardcover, 9780811819091, 176pp.)

Publication Date: August 1998

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With the inimitable mix of philosophy, how-to, and humor that made his first book a hit, Jeff Taylor now reveals the intricacies of garden tools -- from the inevitable shovel to the obligatory garden hat. Each of the witty and thoughtful essays in Tools of the Earth highlights one commonly used garden tool and explores its meaning, feel, history, and use. Images of vintage implements, taken from the author's own garden shed and beautifully photographed by Rich Iwasaki, accompany the text. With gardening tales both hilarious and moving, Taylor explores the subtle lessons about life, patience, and practicality that a garden can teach, and, ultimately, reaches the core of why we like doing it so much.
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