Earth Knack: Stone Age Skills for the 21st Century

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Gibbs Smith, 1996 - Crafts & Hobbies - 192 pages
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Earth Knack is a comprehensive how-to book for using Stone Age skills to fulfill your daily needs from materials readily at hand. Anyone who tries these ideas will find them environmentally appropriate and uniquely fulfilling.

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Here are just a few skills to enrich you experience and give you a feeling of self reliance.

-Twist and weave strong cord and rope from plant and animal fibers.

-Learn the basics of flintknapping.

-Boil a batch of natural hide glue, one of the strongest adhesives known.

-Extract natural dyes and pigments from earth and plants.

-Create a flute, drum or tambourine for hours of musical fun.

-Cut and stitch an elegant buckskin skirt or shirt.

-Mold a clay pot for cooking.

-Brew pine needle tea or mix a batch of acorn muffins

 

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Contents

FIRE
12
ROPE STRING THREAD
32
TOOLS
66
COLOR
90
BASKETS BUCKETS BOWLS
98
POTTERY
114
FOOD AND COOKING
126
SOAP
140
ANIMALS
144
GLUE
158
MUSIC
164
GETTING DRESSED
176
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Earth Knack

A daily living skills guide using Stone Age techniques for finding and making what you need in your local environments.

Few of us are really going to "chuck it all" and live as hunter-gatherers in the wilds, like our Stone Age ancestors did. Yet, becoming a modern hunter-gatherer, developing a knack for living with the Earth in any environment, is well withing our grasp. Using age-old skills, which are still perfectly applicable to our modern lifestyles, can enrich our daily lives and bring high levels of satisfaction and fullfillment.

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