Back to Basics (A Complete Guide to Traditional Skills) 4th Edition Hardcover

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Discover the joys of voluntary simplicity! Learn to:

  • Dye your own wool with plant pigments
  • Graft trees
  • Preserve food
  • Raise chickens
  • Craft a hutch table with hand tools
  • Make treats like blueberry peach jam and cheddar cheese
  • Home make entertainment (square dancing calls, water-craft tips, wooden toys), no smart phone needed
  • Construct a log cabin or adobe homestead
  • Weave a rug from simple material
  • And much more


The skills that were second nature to our forefathers and mothers are easier than ever to learn with the Back to Basics guide.

This practical, full-color book has helped thousands of everyday folks escape the culture of big-box stores and fast food for the fulfillment of independent living. A healthier, more natural lifestyle awaits.

In an all-new edition, Back to Basics gives you hundreds of projects, step-by-step instruction, photographs, charts, and illustrations. No matter if you’re in an apartment in the city or a rural homestead, there’s something here for everyone.

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