I love searching out thrift shops for books. Unless it is truly a collector
item for me, I normally don't pay the cover price; therefore, when
I pass one of the many thrift stores on my hour drive home from work,
I occasionally stop in to check out the shelves. I'll check for anything
that I am missing in a series, look for great mysteries and then give
a little peek at the history and non-fiction section.
I came across Gene Logsdon's Practical Skills and thought it looked interesting.
There is a little bit of everything from how to make household items,
sewing and needle work,
building rock walls plus gardening and livestock tips.
I have several books, some dating back to the 1800's.
We find they are still useful today, in fact, we had to refer
to an old cookbook when processing our pork because the
modern recipes were dependent on the pork being already cured.
I would like to make a schedule of Learning To Do activities
from making hardtack to braiding (small) rugs or more primitive
gardening techniques. One of the bloggers, Sunnybrook Farm,
always amazes me with the skills he has developed. I love reading
about restoring the old buildings, oxen training, museum exhibits
and his trips to Black Dog Salvage, somewhere I will make sure to visit
if I ever get to his neck of the woods.
I saw The Folk School ad in Mary Jane's Farm magazine. It's too far
from home and out of my reach but it would be so much fun to take a
week or weekend class. You can enroll for a weekend or a week long
class in a wide variety of subjects from blacksmithing to rug making,
needlework, weaving, dance and many other subjects.
I better get started on that list!