"A fascinating book filled with amusing and sometimes touching anecdotes."
"An interesting and informative read. Scholars will find it useful, and readers who are interested in the early lumber industry will find the book accessible and entertaining."
"If you’re at all interested in life in this region as it was conducted in the first half of the 20th century, this is a must read."
—Smoky Mountain News
"Packed with logging lore and illustrations of the southern mountain and its inhabitants, Sound Wormy makes a significant addition to the natural and cultural chronicle of the region."
His recollections of a rough-and-ready outdoors life are filled with details of logging, from the first "cruise" of a timber stand to the moment when the last board lies "on sticks" in the mill yard. He tells how massive poplars, oaks, and other hardwoods had to be felled and trimmed by hand, dragged down mountain slopes by draft animals, floated downstream or carried by rail to the mill, and then sawn, graded, and stacked for drying. He tells of buying timber rights in a land market filled with "sharp" operators, where titles and surveys were often contested and kinship and custom were on an equal footing with the law.
Gennett saw more than potential "boardfeet" when he looked at a tree. He recalls, for instance, his efforts to convince the U.S. Forest Service to purchase undisturbed areas of wilderness at a time when its mandate was to condemn and buy up farmed-out and clear-cut land. One such sale initiated by Gennett would become the Joyce Kilmer Wilderness in North Carolina.
Filled with logging lore and portraits of the southern mountains and their people, Sound Wormy adds an absorbing new chapter to the region's natural and environmental history.
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