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Publisher: Routledge Kegan & Paul; Revised edition (June 1968)

"Until recently the country craftsman was an essential member of every rural community. His livelihood was generated by carrying on traditions which started more than a thousand years ago. Traditional Country Craftsmen provides a valuable history for anyone interested in the skills and crafts of bygone years. Photographs and line drawings enhance the text, bringing many country skills and crafts to life and provide the reader with an engaging and charming history of this aspect of country life. Traditional Country Craftsmen covers everything from 'Woodland Craftsmen', 'Metal and Straw Crafts' through to 'Stone and Clay Crafts' and 'Textile Crafts' and provides the reader with a fascinating account of rural skills."
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This book speaks of and illustrates much of what is in the Tales of the Green Valley Documentary The author is also from Wales.
I'll leave the review for someone else, although I really want to recommend getting this book for your favorite PEX/PEP1 person or better yet get one for yourself
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(Nine out of ten acorns, for inspirational, historical and technical.)

This is a grand survey of traditional woodland and village crafts of the British Isles, with an emphasis on central England and Wales, homeland of the author, an experienced folk museum official. Many of these crafts came to the U.S. unchanged; others were modified to suit the materials available or local needs (such as our more extreme continental climate). But our crafts only go back three or four hundred years, where many of Britain's are two thousand years old, or more.

This is not a project book, but it describes the tools, materials, and methods (and regional variations) fairly completely. It is vastly inspirational, including the understanding of craftsmanship in general displayed in the introduction. Especially inspiring is the coverage of bygone woodland crafts, by which one could earn a living in the woods with not much more than a knife and a hatchet (and an accumulated millennium of culture), making thatching spars, barrel hoops, clog soles, rakes, wattle hurdles, coracles or chair parts. The text extends to blacksmithing, saddlery, drystone walling, brickmaking, and more. The only weak spot is perhaps the nine pages on the woolen crafts, which are very historical on all the preparations but leave out the weaving entirely, as appropriate to a whole 'nother book, I suppose. Still, this book is something that I knew I had to have as soon as I saw it, and that I have read cover to cover four times, and some chapters many more times.
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