Back to Basics

Back to Basics

A Complete Guide to Traditional Skills

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Baker & Taylor
A lavishly illustrated revision of a top-selling primer invites readers to develop healthier, more environmentally friendly, and self-sufficient living skills that are less reliant on technology, in a resource that shares step-by-step instructions for such capabilities as raising chickens, making cheese, and building a log cabin.

Perseus Publishing
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.


Norton Pub
Over 100,000 sold! Now newly revised and up to date, with over 2,000 color photographs and illustrations.
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.


Book News
Although not focusing specifically on sustainability, Gehring (a freelance writer/editor who lives on the U.S. east coast) embraces a lifestyle valued by previous generations and current "green" living advocates. Offering down-to-earth advice on building a shelter, meeting energy needs, raising and preserving food, creating home crafts, remedies, and recreation, this update of the 1997 and 1981 editions features color photos, illustrations, and resources. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: New York : Skyhorse Pub., c2008
ISBN: 9781602392335
1602392331
Branch Call Number: 640.973 Bac 2008
Characteristics: 456 p. : ill. (chiefly col.)
Additional Contributors: Gehring, Abigail R.

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PimaLib_KatherineB May 04, 2015

Very comprehensive guide to a multitude of traditional skills. This book seems to have everything in it. If I had to choose one thing to take with me to the middle of nowhere it would be this book.

stephjcl Nov 01, 2010

A great starter book for looking at the variety of techniques for going off the grid and managing your own life, food, and shelter systems. Each topic is introduced in a bite-sized peice for a brief overview and instruction of how to do it. Sample topics include canning, digging a water system, and creating your own stove.

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