ISBN-10:
1602392331
ISBN-13:
9781602392335
Pub. Date:
04/17/2008
Publisher:
Skyhorse
Back to Basics: A Complete Guide to Traditional Skills / Edition 1

Back to Basics: A Complete Guide to Traditional Skills / Edition 1

by Abigail GehringAbigail Gehring

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Overview

Anyone who wants to learn basic living skills—the kind employed by our forefathers—and adapt them for a better life in the twenty-first century need look no further than this eminently useful, full-color guide. Countless readers have turned to Back to Basics for inspiration and instruction, escaping to an era before power saws and fast food restaurants and rediscovering the pleasures and challenges of a healthier, greener, and more self-sufficient lifestyle.

Now newly updated, the hundreds of projects, step-by-step sequences, photographs, charts, and illustrations in Back to Basics will help you dye your own wool with plant pigments, graft trees, raise chickens, craft a hutch table with hand tools, and make treats such as blueberry peach jam and cheddar cheese. The truly ambitious will find instructions on how to build a log cabin or an adobe brick homestead. More than just practical advice, this is also a book for dreamers—even if you live in a city apartment you will find your imagination sparked, and there's no reason why you can't, for example, make a loom and weave a rag rug. Complete with tips for old-fashioned fun (square dancing calls, homemade toys, and kayaking tips), this may be the most thorough book on voluntary simplicity available.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781602392335
Publisher: Skyhorse
Publication date: 04/17/2008
Series: Back to Basics Guides
Edition description: 1st Edition
Pages: 456
Sales rank: 73,276
Product dimensions: 10.90(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Abigail R. Gehring is the author or editor of more than a dozen books including Back to BasicsHomesteadingThe Illustrated Encyclopedia of Country Living, and Classic Candy. She enjoys writing, gardening, experimenting in the kitchen, and spending time with family. She lives with her husband and two children in an 1800s farmstead they are restoring in Marlboro, Vermont.

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