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Back to Basics inspires people to live a simpler life, doing things the old-fashioned way. It's about independence - learning how to rely on the land rather than food manufacturers, and on your neighbors more than the government. It's packed with hundreds of projects, step-by-step sequences, charts, tables, diagrams, and illustrations.
The book is organized into six main sections: shelter, energy, raising food, preserving food, home crafts, and recreation.
Fourth Edition - Updated and Revised.
|Title: Back to Basics: A Complete Guide to Traditional Skills|
By: Abigail Gehring
Number of Pages: 456
Vendor: Skyhorse Publishing
Publication Date: 2014
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 11.00 X 1.00 (inches)|
Weight: 3 pounds 7 ounces
Stock No: WW143690
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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 theres no reason why you cant, 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.