An engaging introduction to a range of traditional crafts and activities.
LOST 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.
Whether a friend harbours a creative hankering or is just fascinated
with a bygone era, this inspiring book will show them how
sustainability has always been with us. - Ben Peel, Waterstone's Science Museum
A fascinating book which will inspire everyone, whether as a practical guide or just a brilliant read. There are things here which I have always wanted to try out - and now I can! - Miranda Krestovnikoff, presenter of BBC's Coast
A wonderfully informative catalogue of the kind of knowledge we are losing but would be wise to preserve. - Zac Goldsmith, environmentalist
A beautiful and practical book which is ideal for looking at whilst
dreaming of bygone days, or else for finding ways to spread money a
little further whilst learning something useful. Just a slight word of
warning, if you buy at as a present and then look inside you may need
to buy another copy as it will be hard to give away. - Steve Birt, Waterstone's Gloucester
A fascinating book - Bill Purdue's Book Blog, http://billpurdue.wordpress.com/
This is a great book which everyone should read. Although some of these crafts may be associated with a bygone era, they are as relevant today as they have ever been and there is something for everyone to learn. Hours of amusement! - Jimmy Doherty, presenter of BBC's Jimmy Doherty's Farming Heroes
It's a treasure... a lovely book, full of fascinating information and useful advice. Splendid on hedge-laying - I am now hooked on Hooper's hedge hypothesis - and on threatening an unproductive fruit tree with an axe. However, I am worried that each time I pick it up it falls open at 'Milking a cow'. I have no cow: is the book trying to tell me something? - Adam Hart-Davis, writer and broadcaster
Lost Crafts: Rediscovering Traditional Skills by Una McGovern is one for the more serious craftsperson. A blend of social
history and practical instruction, this handsome book will have you
coopering, 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