Books on Traditional Skills

The Forgotten Arts
John Seymour ISBN 0 86318 052 3

'A Practical Guide to Traditional Skills'. Inspiring text and lavish illustrations, this is an introduction to around 60 separate crafts, ranging from charcoal burning and thatching to textiles and soap-making, all of which were vital to communities before industrialisation. John Seymour puts this material into a modern context and paints a clear picture of the true cost of modern life. Often, permaculture is seen as a method of food-production, but if we are to propose an alternative future, we need to understand and revive sustainable methods of producing non-food essentials. This is a good start. ML.

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