Synopses & Reviews
Ever wanted to understand how chickens communicate? How to capture a swarm of bees? Properly sharpen a knife? Navigate by the stars? From Storey Publishing's vast library of expertly-authored how-to books comes a compilation of valuable skills covering every area of interest and presented through colorful how-to illustrations and custom photography. Drawing from the worlds of farming, gardening, building, cooking, preserving, crafts, and natural medicine and body care, Storey's Curious Compendium of Practical and Obscure Skills celebrates the diverse ideas and experiences that enable a self-sufficient lifestyle. The wisdom in these pages covers the small, the substantial, and everything in between, including how to tell a sheep from a goat; how to pour a beer for great foam; how to field dress a deer; how to predict weather by the clouds; how to put a bike chain back on; how to darn socks; and how to build a homestead from (and in) the woods. Some skills are purely enriching, like learning to sketch nature or teaching a cat to jump through a hoop, while others can be lifesaving, such as knowing how to dismount a horse in an emergency or how to find fresh water when water is scarce. Whether readers are casually curious knowledge-seekers or deeply invested in living more independently, this volume opens the mind while teaching just about anything anyone could ever wish to do themselves.
Readers with a hunger for knowledge and an interest in the myriad ways people have taught themselves to make, grow, and build will discover the ins and outs of how to do everything they've ever wondered about in this colorful, inviting volume. With dozens of useful and intriguing visual tutorials that cover how to carve a turkey, capture a swarm of bees, predict the weather by the clouds, darn socks, create a butterfly garden, set up a dog agility course, keep a nature sketchbook, navigate by the stars, and more, this rich compendium will educate, fascinate, spark conversation, and inspire new hobbies and experiences.
Have you ever wondered how to capture a swarm of bees? Predict the weather by the clouds? And just how do you darn a pair of socks, anyway? Anyone curious about the myriad ways people have taught themselves to make, grow, and build things will find everything they've ever wondered about in this colorful, inviting volume. With dozens of useful and intriguing visual tutorials selected from Storey's extensive library of how-to books, you can learn how to carve a turkey, create a butterfly garden, set up a dog agility course, keep a nature sketchbook, navigate by the stars, and more. Whether you plan to "do it yourself" or just love reading about how things are done, this rich compendium will educate, fascinate, spark conversation, and inspire new hobbies and experiences.