Country Wisdom

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David Larkin, an internationally known editor and book designer, first tasted country living at the age of three, as a refugee from wartime London in rural England. Country Wisdom, the first in a projected series of three volumes, is centered around country houses and their outbuildings. Larkin offers a lively, informative text and more than 200 full-color photographs. The text includes everything from vernacular architecture in a historical perspective to restoration and maintenance; from country customs to ...
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Overview

David Larkin, an internationally known editor and book designer, first tasted country living at the age of three, as a refugee from wartime London in rural England. Country Wisdom, the first in a projected series of three volumes, is centered around country houses and their outbuildings. Larkin offers a lively, informative text and more than 200 full-color photographs. The text includes everything from vernacular architecture in a historical perspective to restoration and maintenance; from country customs to seasonal festivals; from the kitchens of resourceful country cooks to the secrets of underground storage; from traditional recipes for cleaning formulas to the proper pitch of a roof.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780395771891
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 11/4/1997
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 8.84 (w) x 10.82 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Larkin is the editor-designer of the best-selling Barn and Shaker and the author of Farm, among many other books published here and abroad. He currently lives in Cherry Plain, New York.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 6
Moving to the Country 10
A Home in the New World 12
Traditions and Materials 16
Country Interiors 29
The Country Kitchen 43
Country Furniture 59
Beds 67
Country Chairs 70
A Country Workplace 74
What Is the Country? 76
Buying a House 77
How to Look at a House 79
Inspecting a House 81
Using a Fireplace 85
Fireplace Safety 85
The Cooking Fire 87
Stoves 89
Firewood 90
Around the House 92
Country Walls 94
Kerosene Lamps 95
Caring for Furniture 97
Chair Repair 100
Country Household Hints 103
Country Remedies 106
Weather Wisdom 110
Weather Lore 116
Art in the Country 119
Shapes and Symbols 124
Country Graphics 126
Barn Raisings 128
A Barn as a House 132
Harvest and Celebrations 135
Scarecrows 142
Country Superstitions 145
Some Grave Humor 148
Halloween 150
Yuletide 152
Conclusion 158
Bibliography 159
Acknowledgments and Credits 160
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