The Forgotten Arts and Crafts: Skills from Bygone Days

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"There is not a human skill that was ever developed that is not still practiced somewhere on this planet." — John Seymour. The Forgotten Arts & crafts brings together in a single absorbing volume two best-selling classics, The Forgotten Arts and Forgotten Household Crafts, written by the acknowledged "Father of Self-sufficiency" John Seymour. Taking the reader on an evocative journey through the worlds of traditional craftspeople — from blacksmith to bee-keeper, wainwright to housewife — Seymour celebrates their honest skills, many of which

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Overview

"There is not a human skill that was ever developed that is not still practiced somewhere on this planet." — John Seymour. The Forgotten Arts & crafts brings together in a single absorbing volume two best-selling classics, The Forgotten Arts and Forgotten Household Crafts, written by the acknowledged "Father of Self-sufficiency" John Seymour. Taking the reader on an evocative journey through the worlds of traditional craftspeople — from blacksmith to bee-keeper, wainwright to housewife — Seymour celebrates their honest skills, many of which have disappeared beneath the tread of progress. With characteristic passion, Seymour demonstrates that these country arts and household crafts need never be forgotten. From woodland and building crafts to the tasks of the kitchen and laundry, he explores every aspect of traditional life. Materials and workshop tools are usefully annotated, and techniques evoked in engaging words and pictures. Over 1,700 detailed illustrations and photographs bring to life each craft and skill. In an affectionate and nostalgic account, John Seymour recalls a lifetime of encounters with working craftspeople in different parts of the world and describes the trades and household activities he saw practiced in the countryside of his youth. With a crusading vigor, he commends the joys of noble toil and makes a compelling plea for "virtuous craftsmanship," which may, without vigilance, vanish forever.

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Country Home
John Seymour takes the reader on a fascinating journey through the worlds of traditional craftspeople...
Greenville News
This may be just the thing for your coffee table—especially if it's an antique or homemade one.
Richmond Times Dispatch
Each segment presents a text lavishly illustrated with DK's traditional verve; no one who dips into the wealth of information available here will remain ignorant of the how-tos of his forebears.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789458476
  • Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/28/2001
  • Edition description: 1 AMER ED
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 8.86 (w) x 11.34 (h) x 1.18 (d)

Meet the Author

John Seymour was born in England in 1914. As a young man, he traveled all over Africa and fought in Burma in World War II. Returning penniless to England, he lived in a bus and a sailing barge before settling on five acres of land in the country to lead a self-sufficient life. He continues this lifestyle today with his companion Angela Ashe on the banks of the River Barrow in County Wexford, Ireland. The two have build up a small farm from scratch over the last 19 years. For the last four years, John, Angela, and William Sutherland have been running courses in self-sufficiency from their home at Killowen, New Ross. The courses are taken by students from al over the world, who come to Killowen to learn about John's lifestyle and philosophy at first hand. John Seymour is the author of over 40 books, including the best-selling Complete Book of Self-Sufficiency, and he has made numerous movies and radio programs. Most of his later writings and public campaigning have been devoted to rural matters, self-sufficiency, and the environment.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2001

    Forgotten Arts And Crafts

    The Forgotten Arts And Crafts, should be a book read by all! In this age of electronically dependant people; it's interesting to take a peek back into a different era. One where 'Hard Work' wasn't concidered dirty words, people had pride in their craftsmanship (when it still existed!) and people were friendly. The thing we call 'progress' really isn't after all; reading this book will help you realize the benefits that our ancestors were able to recieve with handmade crafts. Their lives where built on ingenuity and resourcefulness. These are factors lost in our NEW AGE. After the Y2K scare, this book will shed light on a few things....1.) Could you make it if you didn't have the luxuries you possess now? 2.) Could you grow and prepair food as your ancestors did with little or no artifical add-ins? 3.) COULD YOU SURVIVE? After you ask yourself those 3 questions, you might take a new insight on this book. John Seymour has given us a wonderful gift in this book! The gift of knowledge that has been lost throughout the years. Things and crafts we should have passed down through the generations, and should be common knowledge this day in age. The basic art of SURVIVAL!

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