Back to Basics: A Complete Guide to Traditional Skills

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Abigail R. Gehring
Skyhorse Publishing Inc., 2008 - House & Home - 456 pages
28 Reviews
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.
  

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User Review  - Gabrielle W. - Goodreads

I love this book!! It's a must for everyone that dreams of or is the process of becoming self sufficient. It's filled with lots of illustrations, tips, and obviously, tons of info. The title explains ... Read full review

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Contents

About This Book
Part One
Buying Country Property
Planning Your Home
Preparing the Site
Converting Trees Into Lumber
Building a Log Cabin
Building With Adobe
Patchwork Quilting
Rope and Twine
Tanning and Leatherwork
Woodworking
Broommaking
Scrimshaw
Household Recipes
Metalworking

Building a Stone House
Raising a Barn
Developing a Water Supply
Saunas and Hot Tubs
Sanitation
Fireplace Construction and Design
Stone Walls and Brick Pavements
Fences
Part Two
Making Your House Energy Efficient
Wood as a Fuel
Heating With Wood
Waterpower
Wind Power
Solar Energy
Other Energy Sources
Part Three
The Kitchen Garden
Gardening in Limited Space
Herb Gardens
Fruits and Nuts
Pest Control
Grains and Grasses
Beekeeping
Fish Farming
Raising Livestock
Part Four
Preserving Produce
Preserving Meat and Fish
Making Your Own Dairy Products
Maple Sugaring
Homemade Beverages
Baking Bread
Regional Cooking
Cooking With Wood
Part Five
Natural Dyes
Spinning
Weaving
Hooked Rugs
Braided Rugs
Stenciling
Flower Drying and Pressed Flowers
Gourd Craft
Soapmaking
Candlemaking
Basketry
Part Six
Oldtime Good Times
Crafting a Dulcimer
Celebrating Holidays
Canoeing and Kayaking
Wilderness Camping
Outdoors in Winter
Fishing
Living With Nautre
Appendix
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B
C
D
E
F
G
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I
J
K
L
M
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Q
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About the author (2008)

Abigail R. Gehring is the editor of Back to Basics, Homesteading, and Self-Sufficiency, and author of Odd Jobs and Dangerous Jobs. Shes practiced living self-sufficiently since her childhood in Vermont, being home-schooled, home-canning jams and jellies, and enjoying natural crafts. She lives in Weehawken, New Jersey, and Windham, Vermont.

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