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BACK TO BASICS: A COMPLETE GUIDE TO TRADITIONAL SKILLS, 3RD EDITION
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BACK TO BASICS: A COMPLETE GUIDE TO TRADITIONAL SKILLS, 3RD EDITION

Author: Abigail R. Gehring
Publisher: SKYHORSE, Jun 2009
Binding: Hardcover
ISBN: 1-60239-233-1

Synopsis
Newly updated, the 100s of projects, step-by-step sequences, photographs, charts, & illustrations will help you dye your own wool with plant pigments, graft trees, raise chickens, craft a hutch table with hand tools, & make treats such as blueberry peach jam & cheddar cheese. The truly ambitious will find instructions on how to build a log cabin or an adobe brick homestead. 2,000 Color & 200 B&W Photos; 11x8.5 inches, 464 pgs.

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Anyone who wants to learn basic living skills?the kind employed by our forefathers?& 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 & instruction, escaping to an era before power saws & fast food restaurants & rediscovering the pleasures & challenges of a healthier, greener, & more self-sufficient lifestyle.

Now newly updated, the hundreds of projects, step-by-step sequences, photographs, charts, & 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, & make treats such as blueberry peach jam & 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, & there's no reason why you can't, for example, make a loom & weave a rag rug. Complete with tips for old-fashioned fun (square dancing calls, homemade toys, & kayaking tips), this may be the most thorough book on voluntary simplicity available.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Abigail R. Gehring
is an editor & freelance writer in New York City, who grew up in Vermont. She spent most of her post-college existence as a dancer. She has made ends meet as a tattoo artist, "Cinderella," cater-waiter, swimming companion to an elderly man with Alzheimer's, & countless other eclectic positions. From childhood she has been fascinated with simple living, participating in barn-raisings, home canning, & enjoying countless hours of natural crafts.


 
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