I bought this book a couple of weeks ago, but didn’t get a change to look at it properly until this weekend. It’s a wonderful overview of a range of traditional crafts, from popular pastimes such as whittling and making fire to more unusual things like working scrimshaw and glass-blowing.
If you’re looking for detailed instructions of how to do each activity you’ll be disappointed; this is more of an inspirational book to perk up your interest in a particular topic, so you can then go away and do your own research and experimentation. Having said that, this is so much more than a ‘coffee-table’ book. It’s filled with well-researched historical information and wonderful anecdotes about each of the disciplines.
I particularly fancy having a go at flint-knapping, coracle making, beer brewing, bee-keeping (eventually) and making oil lamps and rushlights.