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224 Pages
Publication date: January 2016
Imprint: Servus
Erwin Thoma

I Watched You Grow

What Grandpa Knew about Trees

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Wood is a natural material, full of secrets, and with wonderful properties. For centuries, people have understood the special qualities of this unique building material and the magical effects trees can have on our lives. Woodcutters and craftsmen have passed on their traditions, so that subsequent generations can keep them alive.

A book filled with handed-down knowledge and a fascinating life lived with wood, the forest and the moon.

A wood fireplace that has provided heat for 400 years and never burned itself; beeches that don’t split; pine wood that has health benefits; spruces that woodworm stays away from; floorboards that grow together; Stradivarius trees; the correct level of humidity in concert halls – this book has a story to tell about all of these.

Rediscover the ancient secrets of wood and the forests, and learn about the various ways in which nature can open up great possibilities for each of us – through trees. Find out the mysteries that trees hold – and how you can make use of them yourself.


»We can harvest, build and enjoy better lives by using the rhythms and cycles of nature, and allowing the power of the forests to sustain us.«
Erwin Thoma


Erwin Thoma

Erwin Thoma was born in 1962. Due to his love of nature, he decided to become a forester at an early age. Today, he uses this know-how in his construction firm, which builds houses made completely from wood – using an unique approach that has been patented worldwide.

Diesem modernen Heimatbegriff widmet sich der Servus-Buchverlag. Mit großer Leidenschaft haben wir den gesamten Alpenraum und seine Ausläufer mit seiner faszinierenden Natur, den besonderen Menschen und den vielfältigen Traditionen im Blick. Unsere Bücher machen unsere einzigartige Heimat für jedermann erlebbar. Aber wir wollen auch fast vergessenes Wissen in die Gegenwart holen und regionale Schätze heben. Als Teil der Servus-Familie mit Fernsehsender, Magazinen und Marktplatz möchten wir die Buchmacherkunst in der Gegenwart leben.