Back to Basics

Back to Basics

A Complete Guide to Traditional Skills

Book - 2008
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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.
Publisher: New York : Skyhorse Pub., c2008.
Edition: 3rd ed. --
ISBN: 9781602392335
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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