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Back to Basics: A Complete Guide to Traditional Skills – Third Edition

Back to Basics: A Complete Guide to Traditional Skills is a concise and yet detailed encyclopedia of information important to the basics of self-sufficient living. Learn to bake bread, build a stone house, develop a water supply, and spin yarn. Raise a barn. Braid your own rugs. Craft a dulcimer. In an age where so much of what we need comes to us ready for use and just in time, it is more important than ever before that we rediscover and practice the skills truly fundamental to life – those that help connect us to the hands-on experience of living each day, across the seasons, and through the years. It’s a knowledge base that is life sustaining, and may also one day be life saving. Perhaps we are being called from the complex world back to a much simpler one.

Each section of Back to Basics provides a well-organized introduction with background and context, important instructions, and illustrations. The editor has also selectively added glossaries, insets, references to additional reading, organization-based resources, and a detailed index.

The editor’s introductory sentence reflects so well the content of this book, and it’s importance: “Back to Basics is a book about the simple life.” This title comes highly recommended by The Repository Project. We encourage you to consider making it part of your home libraries.

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A Thoughtful Quote to Share and an Additional Reading Recommendation

“At this point in history, our society tends to elevate and reward the specialist… This concentrated focus has brought some benefits… It may also be a modern malady. Specialization, when taken too far and allowed to define who and what we are, becomes limiting. It robs us of our wholeness and our self-sufficiency. It misses the big picture and confines us to a narrow zoom. And it leaves us at the mercy of experts.” – Keith Stewart, It’s a Long Road to a Tomato: Tales of an Organic Farmer Who Quit the Big City for the (Not So) Simple Life