Lost Crafts

Lost Crafts : Rediscovering Traditional Skills

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This charming book is an engaging introduction to a range of traditional crafts and activities. Almost one hundred skills are described and illustrated, from trout-guddling to lacemaking, beekeeping to drystone walling. Whether wanting to learn a new craft, explore social history, or reminisce about pastimes from a bygone age, readers of all ages will lose themselves in "Lost Crafts." And with more of us choosing green and ethical lifestyles, there has never been a better time to rediscover these sustainable pursuits.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
  • 39,784

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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 20081106 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 20081119 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 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 Times 20081128 From arts to crafts, here's a perfect Christmas present for the credit crunch. Una McGovern's Lost Crafts: Rediscovering Traditional Skills is a serious book telling you how to set about all those things you have been paying other people to do, such as beekeeping, coppicing, milking a cow, skinning rabbits, pickling, smoking and making cider, lemonade, butter, cheese, jam and marmalade.Of course, most of these are easier done in the country than the inner city, including foraging for wild food - berries, nuts and mushrooms. You are advised to pick black-berries before September 29 because that is when the devil is supposed to urinate on them. On reflection, choose recipients of this present carefully. -- Christopher Hudson, The Daily Mail "The pictures worth 1,000 words: Illustrated Books Round Up" 20081212 In an era when we are re-thinking our habits because of the rising costs of food and fuel, a revival of traditional ways of life has perhaps never been so relevant. -- The Scots Magazine 20090201 Beautifully illustrated, this is a timely publication as more of us are looking to relearn the simple, practical skills that will help us towards more sustainable living. -- Devon Life 20081201 A delightful new book -- Geoff Ward, Mysterious West Podcast Week 75, Western Daily Press 20081201 [A] terrific book, which I've been reading avidly. I strongly recommend it, and also the new companion volume, Lost Lore, which covers a variety of clever everyday stuff, not all of it absolutely needed every day. -- John-Paul Flintoff, The Sunday Times 20090923show 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 Shepherds' 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

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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