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Although its uses have dwindled over the years, straw was once a greatly valued by-product of cereal crops. When harvested and stored well, it can be attractive, fragrant and resilient, and for generations straw has been used for decorative and practical purposes. This book explores the many different uses of straw, from early bedding and matting, straw huts and thatched roofs to stuffed horse collars, archery targets, and woven baskets. Using illustrations of a variety of straw crafts and considering the development of these skills, this book is a perfect introduction to a rural craft that has survived for centuries.

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Introduction

Straw -The Raw Material

Thatching

Thatch Finials

Lip Work

Straw Plait

Straw Rope

Archery Targets

Straw Mats

Straw Envelopes for Bottles

Horse Collars

Cob

Decorative Uses for Straw

Places to Visit

About the Author

Arthur Staniforth worked for many years with the Advisory Services of the Ministry of Agriculture and is now with Reading Agricultural Consultants, specialising in straw utilization. A farmer's son, he studied agriculture at Wye College and Reading University and at the Imperial College of Tropical Agriculture in Trinidad.

He formerly worked for the Sudan Government and lectured in agriculture at Khartoum University. He has worked as a consultant for FAO ­ the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations ­ and for the OECD and UNESCO.

He has travelled extensively in Europe and North America to study the uses of straw and has published articles and papers on straw utilization in a number of journals. He has had two books published ­ Cereal Straw in 1980 by Oxford University Press and Straw for Fuel, Feed or Fertiliser? in 1982 by Farming Press of Ipswich.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780747801030
Author:
Staniforth, Arthur R.
Publisher:
Shire
Subject:
Great britain
Subject:
Methods & Materials
Subject:
Europe - Great Britain - General
Subject:
World History-England General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Shire Library
Series Volume:
76
Publication Date:
20090217
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
32
Dimensions:
8.29x5.85x.11 in. .17 lbs.

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Product details 32 pages Shire Publications - English 9780747801030 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Introduction

Straw -The Raw Material

Thatching

Thatch Finials

Lip Work

Straw Plait

Straw Rope

Archery Targets

Straw Mats

Straw Envelopes for Bottles

Horse Collars

Cob

Decorative Uses for Straw

Places to Visit

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