Lost Crafts: Rediscovering Traditional Skills

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Chambers Harrap Publishers, Limited, 2011 - Art - 376 pages
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navigating by the stars - thatching

charcoal burning - maze laying - making candles

making besom brooms - making cider

blacksmithing - haymaking - using herbal remediesLost Crafts is an attractive and engaging introduction to a range of traditional and sustainable crafts, activities and pastimes. Around 100 traditional pursuits are described and illustrated, from whittling to spinning, beekeeping to dry-stone walling, lace-making to trout guddling.

Whether seeking instruction or inspiration, interested in social history or simply curling up in an armchair and daydreaming, the reader will find Lost Crafts to be a fascinating treasury of pastimes from a bygone age. And, as awareness grows of our environmental footprints, these sustainable pursuits are increasingly relevant to the modern world.

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User Review  - Tara - Goodreads

This is a subject that I have little practical interest in (I read it as research for my novel.) Nonetheless I found it quite riveting. I can understand why some people found it too general but it was ... Read full review

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User Review  - SeaTreasure - Goodreads

The book is about the lost and dying crafts of the United Kingdom and it fascinating. From spinning wool, tatting lace to brewing beer, making and repairing wagon wheels, this book is full of ... Read full review

About the author (2011)

Una McGovern is a freelance editor and writer, with books on a wide range of subjects to her name. She spent many years making regular forays from Edinburgh to the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, before a return to rural Devon brought with it the opportunity to develop an organic kitchen garden, complete with traditional breed chickens. She now lives with her partner in a small Dartmoor town.

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