I went to dig it out earlier this year when the line drawings in a book I’d just bought reminded me of it. Couldn’t find it anywhere... vanished. So I bought a new copy. In my travels I’ve also acquired a few of his other books - he wrote 38 in all! Quite a few are to do with Weather - how to draw clouds and sunsets, how to recognise weather patterns and signs etc as Sloane was an expert meteorologist amongst other things. He also painted 15,000 pictures in his career.
What I really like about all his books is the craftsmanly hand calligraphy and lettering and his deep love and knowledge of the subject. I’ve pored over them for hours especially The Museum of American Tools. You can always spot something different and I’ve found them inspiring and full of ideas - a lot of his books are available on Abe Books quite cheaply.
An interesting fact is that he changed his name from Everard Jean Hinrichs and took Eric from the middle letters of America and Sloane from his mentor.
Anyway Vanessa has just found the lost copy of A Reverence for Wood so it’s up for grabs... I’ll send it to the person who posts the most interesting, witty or erudite comment.