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Lost Crafts: Rediscovering Traditional Skills

Una McGovern

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Prose: non-fiction, Rural crafts, Gift books

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.

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Praise for Lost Crafts: Rediscovering Traditional Skills

  • 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

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