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.