Navigating by the stars / thatching / charcoal burning / maze laying / making candles / making besom brooms / making cider / blacksmithing / haymaking / using herbal remedies.
Lost Crafts is an attractive and engaging introduction to a range of traditional and sustainable crafts, activities and pastimes.
Around 100 traditional pursuits are described and illustrated, from whittling to spinning, beekeeping to dry-stone walling, lace-making to trout guddling.
Whether seeking instruction or inspiration, interested in social history or simply curling up in an armchair and daydreaming, the reader will find Lost Crafts to be a fascinating treasury of pastimes from a bygone age.
And, as awareness grows of our environmental footprints, these sustainable pursuits are increasingly relevant to the modern world.
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Comments about Lost Crafts : Rediscovering Traditional Skills:
Not new content to me so - disappointed by not being more informative about what I personally know within my own reading/experience
A fascinating book which will inspire everyone, whether as a practical guide or just a brilliant read. There are things here which I have always wanted to try out - and now I can! [Miranda Krestovnikoff, presenter of BBC's Coast]A wonderfully informative catalogue of the kind of knowledge we are losing but would be wise to preserve. [Zac Goldsmith, environmentalist]This is a great book which everyone should read. Although some of these crafts may be associated with a bygone era, they are as relevant today as they have ever been and there is something for everyone to learn. Hours of amusement! [Jimmy Doherty, presenter of BBC's Jimmy Doherty's Farming Heroes]It's a treasure... a lovely book, full of fascinating information and useful advice. Splendid on hedge-laying I am now hooked on Hooper's hedge hypothesis and on threatening an unproductive fruit tree with an axe. However, I am worried that each time I pick it up it falls open at 'Milking a cow'. I have no cow: is the book trying to tell me something? [Adam Hart-Davis, writer and broadcaster]A blend of social history and practical instruction, this handsome book will have youcoopering, whittling and smocking in no time. McGovern makes the dream of never shopping again seem like a reality, and teaches a sobering lesson about the extent to which, until recently, the things we
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: September 2009
Publisher: Hodder Education
Dimensions (cm): 19.0 x 14.4 x 2.9
Weight (kg): 0.618