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Castle FreemanThe author, George A. Martin, is like his book and like the sound, well-run farm his book evokes. He is plain spoken and brief, he comes right to the point, and he has an admirable way of stating unmistakably how parts go together. With his skill as a clear writer, the author also knows his subject-not only fence building the farm and its requirements. He knows the stock: the unconfinable pig, the dexterous cow. He knows his materials, especially wood. I count twenty-one species of tree in the text, each especially suited for a particular application. He knows the value of work well done, done to last, and he aims to give value himself, in authorship as in the building of simple necessary structures.
—From the foreword by Castle Freeman Contributing Editor, The Old Farmer's Almanac