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Back to Basics: A Complete Guide to Traditional Skills (Spiral Bound)

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Over 200,000 copies sold—fully updated! Dye your own wool, raise chickens, make your own cheddar cheese, build a log cabin, and much much more.

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.

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.

Product Details

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Skyhorse; 4th edition (October 14, 2014)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Spiral Bound ‏ : ‎ 456 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1629143693
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1629143699
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 3.53 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 8.5 x 1.1 x 11 inches

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Dorothy Torresi
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A little fragile to turn pages due to paper quality.

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Lori in Missouri
Great Book!

This book is everything I expected and more! It's loaded with information we might need if we lost electricity or internet connection long-term. Love that it's spiral bound, too, so you can set the book down, open to the page you need.

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