Lost Crafts: Rediscovering Traditional Skills

Lost Crafts: Rediscovering Traditional Skills

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navigating by the stars - thatching charcoal burning - maze laying - making candles making besom brooms - making cider blacksmithing - haymaking - using herbal remediesLost 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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 144 x 188 x 22mm | 780.17g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • colour and b/w photographs
  • 0550104720
  • 9780550104724
  • 48,922

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Lost Crafts: Rediscovering Traditional Skills by Una McGovern is one for the more serious craftsperson. A blend of social history and practical instruction, this handsome book will have you coopering, 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 had were made by us or by people we knew, so we valued them more and wasted them less.--Melissa Katsoulis, The Times Christmas Books 2008: Back to basics, The Timesshow more

About Una McGovern

Una McGovern is a freelance editor and writer, with books on a wide range of subjects to her name. She spent many years making regular forays from Edinburgh to the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, before a return to rural Devon brought with it the opportunity to develop an organic kitchen garden, complete with traditional breed chickens. She now lives with her partner in a small Dartmoor town.show more

Table of contents

Farming§Dry-stone Walling§Stone Fencing§Making Wattle Hurdles§Coppicing§Hedge Laying§Tree Felling§Milking a Cow§Shearing a Sheep§Beekeeping§Harvesting§Haymaking§Milling§Hunting and Gathering§Tracking Animals§Making a Bow and Arrows§Flint Knapping§Making a Fire Without Matches§Catching Eels§Trout Guddling or Trout Tickling§Fishing with Creels§Making Fishing Nets§Making Fishing-rods§Making Coracles§Building Wooden Boats§Skinning a Rabbit§Plucking a Fowl§Foraging for Wild Food§Food and Drink§Brewing Beer§Making Cider§Using Elderflowers§Making Lemonade§Making Butter§Making Cheese§Making Jam and Marmalade§Candying Peel§Making Traditional Sweets§Pickling§Smoking§Preparing Hare, Pigeon and Rabbit the Mrs Beeton Way§Home and Garden§Making Soap§Making Oil Lamps§Making Rushlights§Making Candles§Chimney Sweeping§Making Besom Brooms§Patchwork and Quilting§Making Rag-Rugs§Spinning§Weaving§Making Clogs§Kitchen Gardening§Using Herbal Remedies§Creating Topiary§Maze Laying§Practical Crafts§Stonemasonry§Building with Wattle and Daub§Cob Walling§Pargeting§Thatching§Tiling§Making Weather Vanes and Weathercocks§Making Rope§Tanning§Working with Leather§Saddlery§Blacksmithing and Farriery§Wheelwrighting§Coopering§Green Woodworking and Woodturning§Making Chairs§Making Walking Sticks and Shepherdsâ Crooks§Making Sussex Trugs§Making Baskets§Charcoal Burning§Making Clay and Briar Pipes§Making Bobbins§Making Paper§Making Quill Pens§Tying Knots§Navigating by the Stars§Decorative Crafts§Making Corn Dollies and Harvest Knots§Making Bobbin Lace§Tatting§Smocking§Sewing Samplers§Making Pomanders and Pot Pourri§Making Tussie-mussies§Carving Welsh Love Spoons§Whittling§Working Scrimshaw§Bone, Antler and Horn Working§Making Whistles§Canal Boat Painting§Making Stained Glass§Glass-blowingshow more

Review Text

Whether a friend harbours a creative hankering or is just fascinated§with a bygone era, this inspiring book will show them how§sustainability has always been with us.§Ben Peel, Waterstone's Science Museumshow more

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