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EDIBLE WILD PLANTS

Thomas Elias/Peter Dykeman
Paperback

Price: $19.95

Already a huge success in previous editions, this must-have field guide now features a fresh new cover, as well as nearly 400 color photos and detailed information on more than 200 species of edible…

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Already a huge success in previous editions, this must-have field guide now features a fresh new cover, as well as nearly 400 color photos and detailed information on more than 200 species of edible plants all across North America.

With all the plants conveniently organized by season, enthusiasts will find it very simple to locate and identify their desired ingredients. Each entry includes images, plus facts on the plant’s habitat, physical properties, harvesting, preparation, and poisonous look-alikes. The introduction contains tempting recipes and there’s a quick-reference seasonal key for each plant.

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PRESERVING SUMMER'S BOUNTY

Susan McClure/Rodale
Paperback

Price: $18.99

Surfire Techniques and Great Recipes for Keeping the Harvest!

"Preserving Summer's Bounty takes a giant step ahead in preserving advice. This up-to-the minute guide pays tribute to your g…

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Surfire Techniques and Great Recipes for Keeping the Harvest!

"Preserving Summer's Bounty takes a giant step ahead in preserving advice. This up-to-the minute guide pays tribute to your grandmother's techniques for 'putting up' vegetables, but what I like best are the quick and easy modern methods using the microwave, the freezer and more. These fast answers should lure even the busiest among us into storing the precious harvest of the garden."
-Marian Morash, Author of The Victory Garden Cookbook

"Preserving Summer's Bounty is a treasure trove of sage advice and enticing recipes. It's a delightful book that will let you enjoy your garden's harvest all year long."
-Carol Hupping, Editor of Stocking Up III

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MASONRY

John Kelsey
Paperback

Price: $24.95

Orders for Masonry will ship by May 31, 2012.

Masonry provides clear, accessible instructions that readers can use to do popular masonry projects the right way themselves. This book shows h…

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Orders for Masonry will ship by May 31, 2012.

Masonry provides clear, accessible instructions that readers can use to do popular masonry projects the right way themselves. This book shows how to design, build and repair masonry like an expert, with the latest techniques and materials, step-by-step directions, safety advice, and hundreds of color illustrations. It is a must for anyone who wants to learn how to work successfully with concrete, brick, block, tile, or stone. Readers will learn the methods that professional masons use to construct walls, sidewalks, patios, barbeques and more. Basic techniques are described for working with mortar, making repairs to brick, mending concrete, attaching fastening, and removing stains. A section on building with concrete discusses what can go wrong and why, with sage advice on preparing for the project, forms, pouring and finishing, footings, and making adobe. This well-illustrated book reveals the secrets of working with rugged materials, with advice on selecting bricks, salvaging stone, breaking up masonry, and erecting scaffolding. Readers will discover the best way to pave a path, build a wall, or veneer a concrete slab with tile. Building instructions are included for concrete block, natural stone, decorative brick, serpentine walls, and brick and stone arches. Thorough coverage of masonry repairs and maintenance is also included, plus useful tips and special tricks of the trade.

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WOODWORKER'S GUIDE TO HANDPLANES

Scott Wynn
Paperback

Price: $35.00

There is much to consider when choosing a woodworking handplane. This guide teaches you how to discern the difference between each style of plane, how to select one that's best for your approach to wo…

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There is much to consider when choosing a woodworking handplane. This guide teaches you how to discern the difference between each style of plane, how to select one that's best for your approach to woodworking, how to setup and maintain each of the planes, and lastly, how to make a variety of handplanes.

The author analyzes the six core anatomical elements common to all planes, then shows how these elements work. He also evaluates the styles of woodworking planes from various cultures, including Japanese and Chinese planes.

This intelligent book features over 200 photographs and hand drawings that are as technically rich as they are beautiful.

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CROCHET ONE-SKEIN WONDERS

Judith Durant and Edie Eckman
Paperback

Price: $18.95

Finally, a One-Skein Wonders book just for crocheters! In Crochet One-Skein Wonders, Judith Durant and Edie Eckman offer 101 great crochet projects, from jewelry and scarves to bags, hats, dresses, an…

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Finally, a One-Skein Wonders book just for crocheters! In Crochet One-Skein Wonders, Judith Durant and Edie Eckman offer 101 great crochet projects, from jewelry and scarves to bags, hats, dresses, and home décor items. Each project uses just one skein of yarn. Whatever your experience level, you'll find something here to delight you!

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THE BIG BOOK OF WEEKEND WOODWORKING

John A. & Joyce Nelson
Paperback

Price: $22.95

Every woodworker will want to own this colorful, information-packed, mammoth resource for weekend crafting. It's filled with 150 classic projects and features an introductory section that walks reader…

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Every woodworker will want to own this colorful, information-packed, mammoth resource for weekend crafting. It's filled with 150 classic projects and features an introductory section that walks readers through the various planning stages. It's all covered: selecting the right wood, working with patterns, gluing and finishing. Novices can effortlessly make simple mirrors, shelves, clocks and jewelry boxes, while those with slightly more advanced skills can try the small cupboard, blanket chest or side table. For outdoors, there are whimsical weather vanes, whirligigs, plant stands and trellises. Some of the sweetest items are just for kids, such as animal pull toys, wheeled cars, puzzles, a winged rocking chair, and vintage-style doll accessories. Every project includes finishes or surface decoration options, plus drawings and patterns.

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THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO STONESCAPING

David Reed
Paperback

Price: $24.95

Two best-selling books-now in one comprehensive volume! Together, The Art & Craft of Stonescaping and The Art & Craft of Stonework make up the best beginner-friendly guide available for anyone wanting to build stone walls (freestanding, retaining, dry-stacked or mortared), steps, benches, paths, patios and borders. Any duplication in the tools and technique chapters has been eliminated, while a brand-new gallery of projects offers ideas and inspiration. Featuring lots of how-to photos, informative illustrations, and practical projects, this giant resource is a must-have for homeowners' reference libraries.

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MADE BY HAND

Lena Corwin
Hardcover

Price: $29.95

In 2009, tastemaker and best-selling author Lena Corwin turned the top floor of her Brooklyn brownstone into a studio and began hosting classes for local crafters. In Lena Corwin's Made by Hand, she r…

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In 2009, tastemaker and best-selling author Lena Corwin turned the top floor of her Brooklyn brownstone into a studio and began hosting classes for local crafters. In Lena Corwin's Made by Hand, she re-creates and builds upon her popular workshop series in order to reach crafters in Brooklyn and beyond. For this "best of" collection, she has chosen expert teachers and her favorite projects: Jenny Gordy introduces us to knitted socks and elegantly sewn tops and dresses; Cal Patch teaches how to make a modern embroidery sampler as well as a braided rag rug; and Corwin herself presents her favorite screen-printing and stamping techniques. In total, there are 26 lessons and projects, all presented with step-by-step photos and illustrations.

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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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