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Primitive Technology: A Book of Earth Skills [Paperback]

David Wescott
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March 26 2001
Have You Ever Longed To Return To A Past Where Humanity's Greatest Concern Was Survival, When Our Hands Created Life's Necessities, When The Land's Raw Provisions Were The Materials With Which We Created Warmth, Shelter, Food, and Tools - A Time Before We Lost Our Bond With The Wilderness? Primitive Technology Helps Build A Bridge Between The Ancient Past and Our Modern Lives, Putting Us In Touch Again With Nature and Ourselves. This Volume - A Selection of Articles Within The Bulletin of Primitive Technology - Portrays The History, Philosophise, and Personal Journeys of Authorities On Primitive Technology, Imparting Skills That Built The Success of Mankind. From Views On Primitive Technology and "New" Archaeology To Making Fire and Tools of Bone, This Book Is Informative and Enlightening

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David Wescott is author of Camping in the Old Style and editor of Primitive Technology: A Book of Earth Skills. Formerly education director for the Boulder Outdoor School, he has been a leading figure in wilderness education for more than thirty years. He lives with his wife in Rexburg, Idaho.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
This is, in my humble opinion, the BEST single source for Primitive Skills out there - PERIOD. If you've ever looked through a scientific journal or periodical, that is the basic layout for this book: a compendium of articles, each one detailing a different tool, task, method, or application of a primitive skill. It isn't a high-cut, Ph.D.-required-to-understand kind of book - you can take this out in the backyard and follow right along, AND SUCCEED! That doesn't mean it isn't chock full of data and information - plenty here to satisfy any skeptical practitioner of primitive skills. Learn from the leaders in each skill area as they share with you their tips and techniques that they've learned over time (the hard way). This is essentially a "best of" compilation of skill articles from the Society of Primitive Technology's bulletins over the past 10+ years. I challenge you to read it without wanting to get your hands dirty right then and there.
Section 2 - FIRE - Where We Begin
Section 3 - BONE, STONE, & WOOD - Basic Elements
Section 4 - FIBERS - Holding the World Together
Section 5 - PROJECTILES - Power From the Human Hand
Section 6 - ART & MUSIC - Discipline and Meaning
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best book on the subject yet. Aug. 1 2000
This is the best work ever done, under one single cover, on the subject. For all the people that goes to the wilderness (hunters, fishers, backpackers, outdoorsmen), this book is a muust-have. For the people that want to really know the evolution of technology from the early, say "stone-age", standpoint, it's a fascinating work. Specially good the chapter on primitive weapons, with some of the best instructions on the atlatl (spear-thrower or, more preciselly, dart-thrower), the weapon that men of yore used to hunt big game in the stone-age days. I loved it, and I know you'll love it, too.
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This book is a perfect addition to your learning library if you are into primitive skills. It is very informative, though some of the articles are hard to follow, but it leaves it open for experimentation on your own, which I liked. If you get this book. Good luck with it all if you do decide to purchase this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars cannot say enough about how great this book is! Jan. 14 2013
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when I stumbled upon this book and its sister book I was as pleased as Punch. This has been a lifelong interest of mine and this book is a gold mine I cannot say enough good things about it and I recommend it highly.
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