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71.

MAKESHIFT WORKSHOP SKILLS FOR SURVIVAL AND SELF-RELIANCE

James Ballou
Paperback

Price: $32.00

In today's high-tech society, even the most advanced devices and systems are not fail-safe. Tools can break or wear out, batteries can go dead, and all sorts of malfunctions can render the modern conveniences we rely on totally useless. If quick replacements of failed items are not readily available, the ability to improvise and adapt in the workshop suddenly becomes very practical.

James Ballou, author of the best-selling Long-Term Survival in the Coming Dark Age, dramatically expands on the popular home workshop material in his first book to present a "makeshifter's" way of building and repairing things with only a pile of raw or salvaged materials, your hands and your mind. In this fascinating new book, he presents a wide range of unconventional, remarkably creative home workshop skills, including:

  • HOMEMADE TOOLS-Make your own hammers, drills, screwdrivers, wrenches, pliers, saws, files, chisels, vises and clamps.
  • EXPEDIENT REPAIRS-Perform sturdy repairs with ordinary glue, tape, cord, wire, dowels, nuts and bolts.
  • MAKESHIFT CONSTRUCTION-Construct all sorts of functional items out of coat hangers, old car parts, 2-by-4s, wooden dowels, nails, rebar, coffee cans.
  • USEFUL PROJECTS-Build a homemade forge out of an old barbecue; handle simple soldering jobs with a road flare; perform quick weld repairs with car batteries, jumper cables and a pair of pliers.
Ballou also gives extensive instruction in makeshift metalworking, practical calculating skills, resourceful salvaging, plus dozens of practical tips for the craftsman or handyman who might need this information in an emergency or who simply enjoys learning about alternative ways to handle home workshop projects.

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THE SMALL-SCALE DAIRY

Gianaclis Caldwell
Paperback

Price: $34.95

The Small-Scale Dairy includes everything you need to know in order to successfully produce nourishing, healthy, farm-fresh milk. Whether for home use, direct sale to the consumer, or sale to an artis…

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The Small-Scale Dairy includes everything you need to know in order to successfully produce nourishing, healthy, farm-fresh milk. Whether for home use, direct sale to the consumer, or sale to an artisanal cheesemaker, high-quality raw milk is a delicate, desirable product. Successful and sustainable production requires the producer to consider and tackle many details, ranging from animal care to microbiology to good hygienic practices-and, for those with commercial aspirations, business plans, market savvy and knowledge of the regulations.

Applicable to keepers of cows, goats or sheep, The Small-Scale Dairy offers a holistic approach that explores the relationships between careful, conscientious management and the production of safe, healthy and delicious milk. A historical overview offers readers a balanced perspective on the current regulatory environment in which raw milk lovers find themselves.

Included are options for designing a well-functioning small dairy, choosing equipment and understanding myriad processes-such as the use of low-temperature pasteurization where raw milk sales are prohibited. Whether you have a one-cow home dairy, a 50-goat operation or are simply a curious consumer, The Small-Scale Dairy is an accessible and invaluable resource for achieving your goals.

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THE SMALL-SCALE CHEESE BUSINESS

Gianaclis Caldwell
Paperback

Price: $34.95

There has never been a better time to be making and selling great cheese. People worldwide are consuming more high-quality, handmade cheese than ever before. The number of artisan cheesemakers has dou…

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There has never been a better time to be making and selling great cheese. People worldwide are consuming more high-quality, handmade cheese than ever before. The number of artisan cheesemakers has doubled in recent years, and many of the industry's newcomers are "farmstead" producers-those who work only with the milk of their own animals. Today, more than ever before, the people who choose to become farmer- cheesemakers need access to the knowledge of established cheese artisans who can help them build their dream.

Few career choices lead to such extremes of labor, emotion and monetary challenge. In The Small-Scale Cheese Business (originally published as The Farmstead Creamery Advisor in 2010), respected cheesemaker, instructor and speaker Gianaclis Caldwell walks would-be producers through the many, and often confusing, steps and decisions they will face when considering a career in this burgeoning cottage industry. This book fills the gap that exists between the pasture and cheese plate. It goes far beyond issues of caring for livestock and basic cheesemaking, explaining business issues such as:

  • Analyzing your suitability for the career
  • Designing and building the cheese facility
  • Sizing up the market
  • Negotiating day-to-day obstacles
  • Ensuring maximum safety and efficiency
Drawing from her own and other cheesemakers' experiences, Caldwell brings to life the story of creating a successful cheesemaking business in a practical, organized manner. Absolutely essential for anyone interested in becoming a licensed artisan cheesemaker, The Small-Scale Cheese Business will also appeal to the many small- and hobby-farm owners who already have milking animals and who wish to improve their home dairy practices and facilities.

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THE EVERYTHING SOAPMAKING BOOK

Alicia Grosso
Paperback

Price: $16.95

Create beautiful, natural soaps without leaving home!

Ever wonder what's really in your store-bought soap? Once you start making your own soap, you'll never have to wonder again! The Every…

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Create beautiful, natural soaps without leaving home!

Ever wonder what's really in your store-bought soap? Once you start making your own soap, you'll never have to wonder again! The Everything Soapmaking Book, 3rd Edition is a comprehensive guide to making all kinds of soap, whether you want to decorate your home or pamper your skin or your family's skin. Homemade soap is not only an easy project for any level of craft lover, but it's beautiful, too!

Completely revised and updated with information on natural and organic ingredients, this easy-to-use guide shows you how to:

  • Choose the right soapmaking equipment
  • Blend colors and aromatic scents
  • Create all kinds of soap, from bath soap to facial cleanser
  • Make soaps for holidays and special occasions
You'll also learn how to beautifully package your soaps and sell them at farmers markets, local retail outlets and online craft sites. With these simple-to-follow recipes, stunning photographs, and expert tips and advice, you'll be a soapmaking expert in no time!

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SOAP MAKER'S WORKSHOP

Dr. R. & K. McDaniel
Paperback

Price: $24.99

Preserving the timeless craft of making soap, Robert and Katherine McDaniel provide instruction and guidance for everyone from beginners interested in this rewarding pastime to experts. Using natural…

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Preserving the timeless craft of making soap, Robert and Katherine McDaniel provide instruction and guidance for everyone from beginners interested in this rewarding pastime to experts. Using natural ingredients, readers will experience the gratification of processing handmade liquid soaps, cold- and hot-process soaps, melt-and-pour soaps, and re-batched soaps. They'll work with fragrances, skin treatments, colors and shapes, and discover the benefits of aromatherapy associated with many essential oils. The McDaniels, artisans who produce Dr. Bob's Herbal Soap, also introduce readers to African Black Soap, known for its healing properties for extreme dryness, blemishes, wrinkles, stretch marks and scars.

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YARN WORKS

WJ Johnson
Paperback

Price: $29.99

Yarn Works is the ultimate sheep-to-sweater reference book for fiber enthusiasts everywhere. Have you ever wondered what the best spin method is for a chunky yarn? Or how to dye fiber to the color you…

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Yarn Works is the ultimate sheep-to-sweater reference book for fiber enthusiasts everywhere. Have you ever wondered what the best spin method is for a chunky yarn? Or how to dye fiber to the color you want? Or perhaps your yarn isn't holding its shape when you knit … This how-to book answers all of those questions and more in a detailed manner. The better you understand the science behind the subject, the better you'll be at applying your creative inspiration to spinning, dyeing, and knitting your own yarn.

This book is divided into four main sections (Fiber Workshop, Spin Workshop, Dye Workshop, and Knit Workshop) and includes a brief history on each subject. Each short, informational workshop takes you through the essential learning activities for spinning, dyeing, and knitting, giving you the hands-on experience you'll need to master the subject.

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FOOD STORAGE AND SELF-SUFFICIENCY AND SURVIVAL

Angela Paskett
Paperback

Price: $17.99

With all the uncertainty in the world today, there is peace in preparing. In an emergency, you don't want to depend on a grocery store or government agency to feed your family. Storing food assures yo…

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With all the uncertainty in the world today, there is peace in preparing. In an emergency, you don't want to depend on a grocery store or government agency to feed your family. Storing food assures your family's self-sufficiency year-round and benefits your budget when you plan correctly.

Food Storage for Self-Sufficiency and Survival is an in-depth, nuts-and-bolts guide to storing food that teaches you a variety of food storage methods you can customize to meet your family's unique circumstances, including family size, tastes, ages, health concerns, income and living conditions. This is not a generic manual on stocking dehydrated meals that have 10-year shelf lives. It's the guide to storing foods your family loves so you can eat well no matter what challenges life throws at you.

Inside you'll find:

  • Food storage options for 72-hour emergency kits, short-term emergencies and long-term survival
  • Food storage planning methods that incorporate the foods and meals your family loves
  • Tips for how to maintain balance and variety in your food storage
  • Budget-friendly ways to purchase food for storage
  • Easy and practical ideas for cooking with food in storage so nothing expires or goes to waste
  • Organizational and storage methods for easy food store maintenance.
  • Water storage and purification methods
  • Canning, freezing and dehydrating methods to preserve food you produce at home

Storing food gives you the freedom to stretch your income in tight-budget months, pack quick meals for short-notice trips, and create healthy meals without constantly going to the grocery store. Plus your stored food is available if you do experience an emergency power outage, natural disaster, long-term illness or job loss. Let this guide help you start building your self-sufficiency and food storage today.

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HYDRAULIC DUMP BED CONVERSION BLUEPRINT


Blueprint

Price: $15.00

Diagrams and text explain how you can build and install a dump bed on your truck's chassis and use the power steering pump/fluid to activate a pair of double-acting hydraulic cylinders to raise and lo…

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Diagrams and text explain how you can build and install a dump bed on your truck's chassis and use the power steering pump/fluid to activate a pair of double-acting hydraulic cylinders to raise and lower the bed. Advanced metalwork and machinery skills recommended.


To purchase a downloadable PDF of this Hydraulic Dump Bed Conversion Blueprint click here.


DISCLAIMER

It is your responsibility to make sure that any project you undertake is safe, effective and legal for your situation. All Ogden Publications blueprints are offered AS IS for information and entertainment purposes only. No warranties are expressed or implied. By using this information or this blueprint you agree to hold Ogden Publications harmless from any damages or injuries of any kind that might result from errors, omissions or other causes.

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PLYWOOD ROWBOAT OR SAILBOAT BLUEPRINT


Blueprint

Price: $3.25

CLEARANCE ITEM. PREVIOUS RETAIL PRICE WAS $10.00 AVAILABLE ONLY WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!

Build your boat with two 4-foot by 8-foot sheets of plywood, hardwood strips, brass screws and waterp…

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CLEARANCE ITEM. PREVIOUS RETAIL PRICE WAS $10.00 AVAILABLE ONLY WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!

Build your boat with two 4-foot by 8-foot sheets of plywood, hardwood strips, brass screws and waterproof glue. Add gluing clamps and time at your workbench and you'll have a 3.5-foot-by-7-foot boat ready to launch. This blueprint also includes instructions for the optional sail unit. You can even add a motor to our back-to-basics dinghy. This blueprint includes a materials list, step-by-step instructions and great graphics.


DISCLAIMER

It is your responsibility to make sure that any project you undertake is safe, effective and legal for your situation. All Ogden Publications blueprints are offered AS IS for information and entertainment purposes only. No warranties are expressed or implied. By using this information or this blueprint you agree to hold Ogden Publications harmless from any damages or injuries of any kind that might result from errors, omissions or other causes.

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CAMP KITCHEN AND STORAGE TRAILER BLUEPRINT

Clarence Goosen
Blueprint

Price: $10.00

Build this trailer, a combination storage locker and kitchen that will hold everything necessary for a weekend trek. There are five storage compartments, three utensil drawers, a cool box, a stove hol…

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Build this trailer, a combination storage locker and kitchen that will hold everything necessary for a weekend trek. There are five storage compartments, three utensil drawers, a cool box, a stove holder and a food preparation counter. This how-to blueprint includes a materials list, step-by-step instructions and good graphics.


DISCLAIMER

It is your responsibility to make sure that any project you undertake is safe, effective and legal for your situation. All Ogden Publications blueprints are offered AS IS for information and entertainment purposes only. No warranties are expressed or implied. By using this information or this blueprint you agree to hold Ogden Publications harmless from any damages or injuries of any kind that might result from errors, omissions or other causes.

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