This book is a great reference for many of common ways of life that we have lost in our modern society. The book is packed with terminology, pictures, illustrations and great basic information. It would make a good jumping off point for further reading on a topic but does not have enough information to go out and do most of the activities he writes about. For example, he gives a basic overview of several breeds of sheep, mentions 2 ways to shear them, provides a brief description of preparing wool into yarn and weaving fabric. With the information he provides you would have a jumping off point to research the breeds, learn about preparing raw wool, etc. You would not know how to even begin shearing a sheep, be able to spin wool, or know anything about knitting or weaving. That is the only reason I gave the book 4 stars rather than 5. I would have enjoyed more detail on several topics. While I won't use this book much it will definitely stay in my library.