Book: The complete book of self-sufficiency
The complete book of self-sufficiency.
John Seymour, Corgi books.
The godfather of many dreaming smallholders and homesteaders. This is a book I read in 1985 and which has laid dormant in my subconscious for several decades until I came across the Permaculture Magazine stall at the Tolpuddle Festival and had my interest rekindled.
It has single topic double pages on a massive range of traditional skills and handicrafts. The topics include how to pluck a chicken, make wine, build a wall or thatch a roof. It is an amazing treasury of inspiring countryside ways. The rich illustrations and diagrams give sufficient detail to genuinely teach the crafts.
The Transition movement takes such re-skilling at an individual level and applies it to a whole community. Self sufficiency has its attractions to our Anglo-American mindset yet in the past villages thrived together, sharing the harvest, one a blacksmith and the other a herbalist. In a low carbon future we will do better working together as we all rediscover the ancient ways.
I used it last Christmas when a farmer friend delivered some fresh rabbits and there it is; a step by step diagrammatic guide to skinning.