As an officially licenced and bonded FST (Fence, Scaffold, and Tenting)
contractor, I can tell you that without a doubt, a man's success in the
FST industry is almost wholly dependant on his understanding of wood
poles, piles, and posts more than 15 feet in length owned and treated
with pentachlorophenol by the same establishment. That's why I
This alone would be enough to warrant the 800 dollar purchase, but the
included segmentation of the entire wood poles, piles, and
posts market by city (a feature which is not often included in similar
Laughably Specific Global Strategic Planning Digests) makes this book a
great buy for even the most casual of Pentachlorophenol-Treated
Building Material enthusiasts.
But to be honest, there are quite a few issues with this book that I
feel keep it from achieving "Must-Buy" status. Let's have a look at
some of the more glaring problems, shall we?
15 FOOT CUTOFF IS LIMITING
While it may be true that the majority of machined wood poles and posts
are less than (or in rare cases, equal to) 15 feet in length, I can't
help but imagine how much more useful this report could have been had
it included information on wooden masts exceeding this (somewhat
My reasoning behind this request is as follows: At the current time, I
am forced to rely on the crude cocktail napkin scribblings of lesser
economists when I wish to determine the economic potential of 15'+
lengths of wood. And while others might have no problem obtuse
aspergeresque stutterings of Econometricians, or the snivelling liberal
tripe spewed from the mouths of most labor economists (whose
area of alleged "expertise" lies well outside the area of the
economic potential of extremely specific wood products), I would
obviously prefer that more attention to longer poles be paid in the
subsequent editions of this book, if only even in footnote form.
FAILS TO INCLUDE INFO ON EVERY SOVEREIGN NATION
This book claims to include wood pole demographics for "the top 2000
cities in over 200 countries". This might seem impressive at first
glance, until you discover that as of 2010, there are actually only 193
countries in the world (192 of these being recognized as official
members of the United Nations).
So I suspect that the phrase the author was searching for was not
"countries", but rather "sovereign states", of which there are
currently 203. This of course means that this book has failed to
include information on three (3) full geographical areas which have
managed to achieve de facto sovereignty. This may not seem like much,
but tell that to the customer who purchases this book expecting
up-to-date information on the wooden pile market in South Ossetia,
Northern Cyprus, or the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, only to find that
none of these states were included in the research!
To put it bluntly, this is totally inexcusable, especially for a
product which costs upwards of 700 dollars.
MISLEADING USAGE OF THE PHRASE "OTHER CHEMICALS" IN TITLE
Having read this book from cover to cover more than fifteen times, I
remain puzzled (and somewhat galled) at the inclusion of "Other
Chemicals" (as in "Treated with Pentachlorophenol or Other Chemicals")
in the title.
Nowhere in this volume was the treatment of wood poles, piles, and
posts by any chemical other than Pentachlorophenol mentioned, even in
passing. From which bodily orifice has the author/publisher pulled
these mysterious "other chemicals"? It is a mystery to me.
But know that if you purchased this book expecting to find information
on wood posts treated with Bentonite, Diisobutyl phthalate, Anthracene,
Zirconia Aluminosilicate, or indeed, any chemical other than
Pentachlorophenol, you would find yourself sorely disappointed.
You have been warned.
Please do not allow the ostensibly negative cast of this review to
dissuade you from purchasing this product. None of my niggling
complaints will in any way affect the usefulness (or indeed, the
readers overall enjoyment) of the text, and I have merely published
them in an effort to point out the ways in which this already
spectacular book could be made even more useful.
Good luck to you, and as we say in the FST industry: Keep your poles in