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Back to Basics A Complete Guide to Traditional Skills - Ninth & Pine

Back to Basics A Complete Guide to Traditional Skills, 4th edition

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Back to Basics, A Complete Guide to Traditional Skills is for anyone who wants to learn basic living skills--the kind employed by our great, great, great grandparents--and adapt them for a better life in the twenty-first century. 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.


  • Back to Basics, A Complete Guide to Traditional Skills
  • Edited by Abigail R. Gehring. 
  • Updated & Revised, 4th Edition
  • Softcover