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Rolfe Cobleigh
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Dec 26 2008
A wonderful book for anyone interested in starting their own homestead or small farm. This book will show you how to be self reliant and build the things you'll need. There are more than 200 illustrations showing you how to make handy farm devices. You'll learn about the farmer's workshop and tools, running a grindstone, making a dumb waiter, making a cradle, how to clean a well, how to stake out stock, bee keeping, how to transplant trees, how to build a bridge for a small stream, how to keep a gate from sagging, important points in house building, how to build small greenhouses, advice on the best way to split wood, black smithing, and much, much more in this thrift-conscious and environmentally wise book.

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Originally published in 1909, "Handy Farm Devices" is more than an engaging trip down memory lane. For any small farmer or homesteader, the techniques and devices described in detail are just as useful, durable, and fully functional today as they were 75 years ago. You will learn to build a portable chicken coop, a stone boat (for moving stone), a lightweight orchard ladder, gates that don't sag, and a handy wood splitter, as well as rudimentary farm structures, well houses, bee hives, a baby's cradle, a cheese press and much more. The charming, turn-of-the-century language and useful and inspirational quotes from Shakespeare, the Bible, Bacon, Longfellow and many others make this book a delight to read. --Mark A. Hetts --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A reprint of a 1910 classic, this well-illustrated 288-page paperback is filled with clever ideas and useful information. Even those of us who'd rather pass on making a moveable brooder house for chickens of fashioning a baby cradle from an old barrel will find wisdom in this thrift-conscious and often environmentally wise celebration of self-suffiency. -- Country Living Magazine, April, 1997 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars This book will save you both time and money. Aug. 11 1998
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This reprint of the 1909 classic should be on the shelf of every serious homesteader. Farming is hard work, and this book will teach you how to save both time and money to get the job done. In this little gem you'll learn how to make your own tools for your workshop, how to build things for around the house, for the barns, and for your livestock, in addition to other devices for your garden and orchard, including a section that discusses fence-making and gate-making. Several pages are devoted to building a farmhouse (including the floor plan for my wife's "dream house"), barns, and other outbuildings. This book also makes for very entertaining reading. Peppered throughout are worthwhile quotes from famous (and not-so-famous) farmers from the past. I'm glad I found this book. I hope you will be, too!
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Endlessly useful book, covers any and all sorts of useful things for the small farm or homestead. Saves me a lot of reinventing wheels. Really useful for people even just wanting to reduce their dependancy on fossil fuels or electricity.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Highly over-rated Feb. 13 2009
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I purchased "Handy Farm Devices . . ." based on the Amazon recommendation, and my own interest in all things "tinkering". Perhaps my 65 years have jaded me, and perhaps I was still basking in the afterglow of Carla Emery's "Encyclopedia of Country Living" (ECL). The
ECL is a fabulous book on so many levels, while the Handy Farm Devices barely suffices on one. The only value I can see in it is as a bit of archaeological evidence of past practices. I quickly scanned it looking for relavence and value and found none.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, practical, book March 1 2004
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This book is filled with tons of little tricks and devices to make farm life easier. Much of the information is old and so it may not be of as much use to someone with a high tech farm, but if you still do some things the old fashioned way, this book probably has something that can help you. And even if you can't use the stuff, it's interesting to read.
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