Lost Crafts: Rediscovering Traditional Skills by Una Chambers (ed.)Lost Crafts: Rediscovering Traditional Skills by Una Chambers (ed.)

Lost Crafts: Rediscovering Traditional Skills

byUna Chambers (ed.)

Paperback | May 24, 2011

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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.
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 chick...
Title:Lost Crafts: Rediscovering Traditional SkillsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 7.5 × 5.75 × 1.12 inPublished:May 24, 2011Publisher:QuercusLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0550104720

ISBN - 13:9780550104724


Editorial Reviews

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