Back to Basics

Author: Abigail R. Gehring
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing Inc.
ISBN: 9781602392335
Release Date: 2008
Genre: House & Home

A lavishly illustrated revision of a top-selling primer invites readers to develop healthier, more environmentally friendly, and self-sufficient living skills that are less reliant on technology, in a resource that shares step-by-step instructions for such capabilities as raising chickens, making cheese, and building a log cabin.

Back to Basics

Author: Abigail R. Gehring
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
ISBN: 9781629148625
Release Date: 2014-10-14
Genre: House & Home

The classic guide to self-sufficiency, with more than 200,000 copies sold—now fully updated! 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.

Back to Basics

Author: Abigail R. Gehring
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
ISBN: 1602391688
Release Date: 2008
Genre: Handicraft

Anyone who wants to learn basic living skills--the kind that were common to earlier generations--need look no further than this full-color, eminently practical guide. Created to both inspire and instruct, it returns readers to an era before power saws and fast food restaurants so they can rediscover the pleasures and challenges of a more self-sufficient, economical, and healthy lifestyle. Packed with hundreds of projects, step-by-step sequences, charts, tables, diagrams, and illustrations, it explains how to dye your own wool with plant pigments, graft trees for propagation, raise chickens, create a hutch table with hand tools, and make treats such as blueberry peach jam and cheddar cheese. The truly ambitious will learn how to build a log cabin or an adobe brick homestead.

Homesteading

Author: Abigail R. Gehring
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing Inc.
ISBN: 9781602397477
Release Date: 2009
Genre: House & Home

A companion guide to the best-selling Back to Basics shares recommendations for identifying and incorporating green lifestyle choices, covering practices ranging from container gardening and keeping chickens to using rainwater and supporting sustainable restaurants.

Self Sufficiency

Author: Abigail R. Gehring
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing Inc.
ISBN: 9781602399990
Release Date: 2010
Genre: House & Home

Addresses today's increasing awareness about green lifestyles to share instructions for environmentally responsible and organic skills, from planting a family garden and implementing wind and solar energy utilities to building furniture and enjoying natural crafts.

The Ultimate Guide to Old Fashioned Country Skills

Author: Abigail R. Gehring
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
ISBN: 9781629142982
Release Date: 2014-08-05
Genre: House & Home

Whether you’re a suburbanite looking to live more simply or a die-hard homesteader interested in taking your garden to the next level, this guide is packed with step-by-step instructions, useful tips, vintage photographs and illustrations, and time-honored wisdom—creating one of the most comprehensive books on country skills available. This book is compiled of tested and practical experience passed down from generations of farmers and homesteaders. Here readers can learn about: Creating a vegetable garden Canning and preserving Keeping poultry Soap making Natural medicine Bridge building Farm mechanics Crop rotation Cattle and dairying The basics of beekeeping Foraging for wild food Fertilizing, soils, drainage, and irrigation Building a barn And much, much more! Success comes to the person who works the most efficiently—not simply the person who works the hardest. Learn invaluable advice and tips for how to create a sustainable lifestyle and live off the land.

The Outdoor Knots Book

Author: Clyde Soles
Publisher: The Mountaineers Books
ISBN: 9781594852169
Release Date: 2004-03-16
Genre: Sports & Recreation

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD A KNOT SAMPLER FROM THE CHAPTER ON "KNOTS FOR HIKING & CAMPING" (Provide us with a little information and we'll send your download directly to your inbox) * Guidelines for selecting the best rope and the best knot for the activity at hand * Knot-tying directions clearly illustrated with photos * New entry in the Mountaineers Outdoor Basics series It's fair to say that climber Clyde Soles is obsessed with ropes and knots and their absolute performance-since he regularly entrusts his life to ropes on sheer rock faces. His unique book explains how to select and use ropes, cordage, and webbing for the outdoors. Invaluable information is provided on rope handling techniques (how to avoid dreaded tangles) and the best methods for rope care and maintenance. Step-by-step directions for tying over 40 knots are clearly illustrated with photographs. Other useful features include a glossary and a knot comparison chart by activity. Chapters include Knots Basics (from Tripod Lashing to the Figure 8 Loop), Knots for Hikers and Climbers (from the Prusik knot to the Autoblock), Knots for Canoeists and Kayakers (from the Buntline hitch to the Bowline on a bight), and more. This is the definitive text on ropes and knots for anyone who plays in the outdoors!

The Back to Basics Handbook

Author: Abigail R. Gehring
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing Inc.
ISBN: 9781616082611
Release Date: 2011
Genre: Family & Relationships

Includes hundreds of projects for sustainable living--such as dyeing wool, grafting trees, raising chickens, crafting furniture with hand tools, making preserves and cheese, building a log cabin and much more, in a book that also has tips for down-home fun, as well as 500 full-color illustrations. Original.

Old Time Country Wisdom Lore

Author: Jerry Mack Johnson
Publisher: Voyageur Press (MN)
ISBN: 9780760340011
Release Date: 2011-04-11
Genre: Social Science

A collection of old-fashioned country wisdom on all kinds of topics describes how to make and cook things, read the weather, and dowse; and provides lore on animals and plants.

Back to Basics

Author: Reader's Digest
Publisher: Readers Digest
ISBN: 0895779390
Release Date: 1997-03-01
Genre: Crafts & Hobbies

Uses the latest methods to teach crafts and old-fashioned domestic skills and contains projects ranging from planting a kitchen garden to building a hot tub

The Good Living Guide to Country Skills

Author: Abigail R. Gehring
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
ISBN: 9781680991338
Release Date: 2016-07-05
Genre: House & Home

Gehring’s books on country living have sold more than 500,000 copies. In this book, Gehring offers a guide to country living skills that is as charming as it is practical. Full of sweet illustrations and gorgeous photographs, step-by-step instructions for essential skills such as building a chicken coop are interspersed with country lore and old-fashioned tips and tricks. Readers will learn how to: Raise chickens Make candles Churn butter Grow vegetables Make jams and jellies Dry herbs Ferment vegetables Make cheese And more! Good Living Guide to Country Skills combines the know-how of Back to Basics with the charm of The Farmer’s Almanac. Packaged in an attractive hardcover format and with a price that’s hard to beat, this is the perfect gift for anyone interested in a more self-sufficient, greener, country lifestyle.