Images

Back to Basics: A Complete Guide to Traditional Skills Edited by Abigail R. Gehring
×

Back to Basics: A Complete Guide to Traditional Skills Edited by Abigail R. Gehring

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.

Abigail R. Gehring is an editor and freelance writer in New York City, who grew up in Vermont. She spent most of her post-college existence as a dancer. She has made ends meet as a tattoo artist, "Cinderella," cater-waiter, swimming companion to an elderly man with Alzheimer's, and countless other eclectic positions. From childhood she has been fascinated with simple living, participating in barn-raisings, home canning, and enjoying countless hours of natural crafts.
  • Hardcover
  • 464 pages
  • 200 black & white illustrations
  • 2,000 color illustrations
  • Dimensions: 10-3/4" x 8-1/2"
ISBN: 9781602392335
More »
“Books are the weapons in the battle of ideas.” These were the words of William Warder Norton, who 90 years ago launched the firm that bears his name. Today, the three-person company he once ran from his living room has become the oldest and largest publishing house owned entirely by its employees.
Description Price  

233-5

More Info

Product Details

Back to Basics: A Complete Guide to Traditional Skills Edited by Abigail R. Gehring
233-5

SKU #:
17691098
UPC #:
9781602392335
$22.95