Lost Crafts: Rediscovering Traditional Skills

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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 149 x 190 x 24mm | 814g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • colour and b/w photographs
  • 0550104720
  • 9780550104724
  • 48,964

Table of contents

Dry-stone Walling
Stone Fencing
Making Wattle Hurdles
Hedge Laying
Tree Felling
Milking a Cow
Shearing a Sheep
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
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
Making Clogs
Kitchen Gardening
Using Herbal Remedies
Creating Topiary
Maze Laying
Practical Crafts
Building with Wattle and Daub
Cob Walling
Making Weather Vanes and Weathercocks
Making Rope
Working with Leather
Blacksmithing and Farriery
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
Sewing Samplers
Making Pomanders and Pot Pourri
Making Tussie-mussies
Carving Welsh Love Spoons
Working Scrimshaw
Bone, Antler and Horn Working
Making Whistles
Canal Boat Painting
Making Stained Glass
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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 Museum
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A fascinating book--Bill Purdue's Book Blog, http: //billpurdue.wordpress.com/
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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.
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169 ratings
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5 25% (42)
4 28% (48)
3 34% (57)
2 11% (18)
1 2% (4)
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