Back in the Day: 101 Things Everyone Used to Know How to Do

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Sterling Publishing Company, Inc., 2008 - Reference - 192 pages
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Today’s modern conveniences make life easier—but they have caused us to lose some of the vital skills our ancestors took for granted. When was the last time you plucked a chicken for dinner? Dug a well to get fresh water? Defended a castle? The time has come to reacquaint ourselves with the past. Here, in a charmingly nostalgic volume, are 101 fascinating things that we’ve forgotten how to do, along with easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions to enlighten us. Some are practical, such as shearing a sheep. Others are fun, like playing hopscotch. And still more reveal how folks used to behave—would you know the rules of etiquette at a medieval banquet? You’ll be captivated by the ancient tips, time-tested advice, and bygone suggestions.   
 

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User Review  - andersonden - LibraryThing

Though I found the concept interesting the subtitle is a bit misleading; many of the activities described herein would not be things everyone used to know how to do - even in the cultures from which ... Read full review

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User Review  - carterchristian1 - LibraryThing

While I agree with reviewer Andersonden, I would also add that this is a great view of history of theworld. Read full review

Contents

How
6
Use A Bow And Arrow
8
Load And Fire A Musket
10
12Duel With Pistols
12
14Joust
14
16ThrowABattleax
16
Forge A Sword
18
Fight With A Rapjer And Dagger
20
Dig And Use A Pit Oven
58
Make A Fire Without Matches
60
62Track Animals
62
Forecast The Weather
64
Tease Card Spin Wool
66
Make Natural Dye From Plants
68
Weave A Chair Seat
70
Weave A Basket
72

Besiege A Castle
22
24 Defend A Castle
24
Make And Smoke A Peace Pipe
26
Make A Flint Cutting Tool
28
30Brew Mead
30
32Make Bread
32
Roast Chestnuts On An Open Fire
34
Make Hard Cheese
36
Make Butter
38
Make Ice Cream
40
Keep Bees And Harvest Honey
42
Tap And Make Maple Syrup
44
Find Berries In The Wild
46
Can Food
48
Archery Fish
50
51Gut And Clean Fish
51
Keep Chickens
52
Pluck A Chicken
54
56Roast A Wild Boar
56
Cook On A Range
57
Make Soap
74
Make A Broom
76
Sweep A Chimney
78
80 Chop DownATree With An
80
Carve A Totem Pole
82
Carve A Canoe
84
Make A Barrel
86
Thatch A Roof
88
Build A Wall With Wattle And Daub
90
Build A Dry Stone Wall
92
94Dig A Well
94
96Plow A Field
96
Build A Log Bridge
97
98Build A Log Cabin
98
100Build A Pyramid
100
102Embalm A Body
102
108Groom A Horse
108
Behave At A Medieval Banquet
182
Wear Opera Gloves
190
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Michael Powell (1905-90) was one of Britain's foremost directors and a three-time Academy Award nominee for The Red Shoes, 49th Parallel, and One of Our Aircraft Is Missing.

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