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Back to Basics - A Complete Guide to Traditional Skills

Back to Basics - A Complete Guide to Traditional Skills
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By: Abigail R. Gehring

Fourth Edition – Updated and Revised

Book Description:

The Classic Guide to Self-sufficiency, with more than 200,000 copies sold—now fully updated!

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.
 
  • Colour Photographs and Black and White Drawings throughout
  • Edition Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-1-62914-369-9
  • Hardcover, 456 pages
  • Weight: 1584 grams
  • Dimensions: 285 x 220 x 25.8 mm
  • Published: October 14th 2014 by Skyhorse Publishing

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