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  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Gibbs Smith; 10 edition (March 26 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0879059117
  • ISBN-13: 978-0879059118
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 1.5 x 27.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 726 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #35,709 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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 By bsher8365 on Nov. 15 2002
Format: Paperback
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.
CONTENTS
Section 1 - PRIMITIVE TECHNOLOGY
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on Aug. 1 2000
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 12 2003
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Patagaway on 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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