Wildwood Wisdom

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Shelter Publications, Inc., Dec 20, 1999 - Crafts & Hobbies - 512 pages
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This historical guide, originally written in 1945, includes information on making fires, canoeing, using axes and knives, and crafting shelters from hand-gathered materials. Readers also learn about clothing, gear, and useful plants. This book also is an account of life in the 1800s, when survival in the wild depended on one's skill and ingenuity.
 

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As a fan of fur trapping and gold rush history I have to give this book five stars. It covers the day to day skills practiced in frontier life of 1840-1860 with great accuracy. Although it is meant as a modern guide, in fact it is an excellent historical general reference. The illustrations turn it from a good book to an excellent book, they are replete without and of fascinating scope and detail. Take a look. The preview appears to cover over half of the text, so it is a good place to start. 

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I once had this book in my little collection and lost it somewhere along the way. What a treat to find it here! It is an outstanding compilation of knowledge and truly is deserving of the title "Wildwood Wisdom."

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Contents

The Woodsman of Yesterday
1
Outdoor Clothing
6
Packs and Packing
63
Blankets and Beds
98
Shelters
111
Fire Making
135
Use of Ax and Knife
156
Outdoor Sanitation and Health
171
Edible Poisonous and Useful Plants and Trees
245
Barkcraft
307
Canoes Canoeing and Portaging
328
Trailcraft
348
Stalking and Calling Animals
367
Lost
391
Indian Lore
405
Camp Furnishings
420

Camp Cookery Equipment
190
Camp Cookery
209
Useful Animals and Birds
229
Woods in Winter
438
Index
475
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