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The Forgotten Arts [Hardcover]

John Seymour
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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Publishers Ltd; 1st edition (1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0863180523
  • ISBN-13: 978-0863180521
  • Product Dimensions: 28.2 x 22 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 228,784 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Seymour, the acknowledged founding father of the self-sufficiency movement, was an active campaigner for the countryside, the environment, and above all a sustainable, compassionate way of living. He wrote over 40 books and broadcast widely on television and radio. His farm in Wales and later Ireland welcomed visitors seeking guidance on a more self supporting life.

John lived back on his old Pembrokeshire farm with his daughter's family for his last years. He died on September 14, 2004 and is buried in the top field of his old farm in an orchard that he planted.

His legacy lives on, and his books 'The New Complete Book of Self-Sufficiency' and 'The New Self-Sufficient Gardener' are still best sellers. His more intimate books about his family's self-sufficient life include the classic 'The Fat of the Land', now in its 50th year in print, and its sequel 'I'm a Stranger Here Myself', which is back in print at last.

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Seymour, an expert in self-sufficiency, takes readers back to another age with this combination of the classic titles The Forgotten Arts (1984) and Forgotten Household Crafts (1987). There is something here for everyone: woodcrafts, basketry, soap making, food production, wool production, lace making, and more.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Good Old Days 9 Oct 2010
An excellent book containing many skills that nowadays, unfortunately, are very seldom practiced. Well written and well illustrated. A good buy for those old enough to remember and also for those young enough to ask their grandparents.
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5.0 out of 5 stars lovely condition 22 Aug 2013
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Great book fast delivery, book as described, recommended,well will have to waffle on as nothing more to say,and 2 more words required, what a silly idea!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Reference Book, Not a How-To 5 Sep 2013
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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.
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