FOXFIRE BOOK Hardcover – Feb 17 1972
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In the late 1960's, Eliot Wigginton and his students created the magazine Foxfire in an effort to record and preserve the traditional folk culture of the Southern Appalachians. This is the original book compilation of Foxfire material which introduces Aunt Arie and her contemporaries and includes log cabin building, hog dressing, snake lore, mountain crafts and food, and "other affairs of plain living." --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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These are not fancy dancy books, but basic down to earth helpful information that the modern homesteaders we know still use. And the section on snake lore is informative as well as enchanting. Same with the section on moonshine.
And for those like ourselves who have designed and are in the slow process of building our dream homes or cottages the section on chimney building is one of the best we have ever read or used.
I also will add that the used copy we bought via Amazon,com to replace another copy we gave away, arrived in mint condition. If you haven't bought used books via Amazon.com you are missing out on a money saving gem.
These books are very useful and informative. They come with plenty of diagrams and photos to teach you how to live off the land. Before the advent of trailer homes and double-wides, rural Americans had to build log homes. Before satellite TV and Playstations we had banjos and ghost stories. And before welfare, people were self-sufficient and could live off the land.
Not only can these books teach you about country living, they are handy for any writers or researchers who want details on Appalachian mountain life. There are lots of monologues and stories told by old-timers here. In many cases the living language of these folks is preserved quite well, and by reading their stories you almost feel like you're with them.
-- JJ Timmins
Subjects ranging from folk medicine, ghost stories, cooking, woodslore and much more. If you are involved in "living history" or you work for a recreated farm/museum, these books are a gold mine of information. The text can be a bit difficult to follow, but this is because it is written the way these people still speak. If anything, it adds to the authenticity and charm of the series. Even if you never attempt to build a log cabin, or make "leather britches beans" you're sure to find a "heapin' helpin' of good reading.
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The series of Foxfire Books give the reader a great insight into life in the lower Appalachian Region. Read morePublished on March 14 2012 by Onaping Traveller
For generations people of the Appalachia have been practicing sustainable lifestyles. This entire collection of Foxfire books gives details on how to live with the land and... Read morePublished on March 31 2003 by Ralph W. SCHARDT
I am so pleased this book was published. Some of my relatives and their friends are in it and it brings back such wonderful childhood memories of those times in Dillard and the... Read morePublished on July 8 2000 by Janet Alberts
I found this book to be very informative about the "old-ways" of doing many things. There are things that my grandmother did, such as the planting by signs, weaning... Read morePublished on June 4 1999