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Primitive Skills and Crafts: An Outdoorsman's Guide to Shelters, Tools, Weapons, Tracking, Survival, and More Paperback – August 17, 2007


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing (August 17, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1602391483
  • ISBN-13: 978-1602391482
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,144 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Richard & Linda Jamison are published authors/editors and are known for these publications:

*The Best of Woodsmoke: A Manual of Primitive Outdoor Skills

*Primitive Outdoor Skills

*Woodsmoke: Collected Writings on Ancient Living Skills 

*Woodsmoke 
*Primitive Skills and Crafts 



Richard & Linda Jamison are published authors and are known for these publications:

*The Best of Woodsmoke: A Manual of Primitive Outdoor Skills

*Primitive Outdoor Skills

*Woodsmoke: Collected Writings on Ancient Living Skills 

*Woodsmoke 
*Primitive Skills and Crafts 

Customer Reviews

Great book for those who love the outdoors and want to learn how our ancestors survived.
NCwoodsman
You cannot really skip around if you know one section and go a section that you want to learn about, it would only make sense if you read it through its entirety.
dave
This book is good for those who want this information at someone who wants to study the skills, not actually use them in practice.
Axiz

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109 of 113 people found the following review helpful By Stream Hiker on November 3, 2009
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I gave the book 3 stars because I was expecting a "how to" book; this book is not an instructional at all. Rather, this book seems to be a compilation of ideas, methods, and skills that are all described very superficially.

Fun to read, but if you were going to be out in "no where" for the rest of time you'd want something far more detailed.
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45 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Outside on November 25, 2007
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This is a book of collected articles previously published as "Woodsmoke, Collected Writings on Ancient Living Skills" (Menasha Ridge Press 1994). No revisions, but then the articles were good then anyway. This book is the second in which the fire piston is covered (the first that I am aware of came out in 1972). Beside the philosophy (waxing poetic) of the Jamisons and a poor bit on tracking, the book offers the reader some well laid out "how-to" information from the likes of Steve Watts, David Wescott, Jim Riggs and Larry Dean Olson. Atlatl, Pottery, blowguns, Hide Glue, stone tools and bark baskets are some of the topics introduced in this book. If you are interested in the primitive skills, this book is worth getting.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Benning Boy on May 26, 2012
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Retitle this book "The Art of Creating Primitive Crafts with $40 Worth of Modern Equipment".

Want to create a primitive pot? You'll be heading to the craft store to pick up $20 worth of materials to do it. I suppose that if an aboriginal chieftan had access to a Michaels Craft Store, he'd do well to get this book.

Drills will also be needed, and bring along your caveman brass cylinders.

Ugh! Pass on this one.....
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Tagmech on March 18, 2012
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This book was a disappointment. I expected a lot more from it. It says it is a guide to tools, shelters, weapons, and etc; however, it gives one or two brief examples of each one and moves on to the next thing. It does give 15 pages of information on the yucca plant. So if you have a lot of yucca around it might be beneficial for you.
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39 of 48 people found the following review helpful By John J. Browne on September 19, 2007
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This is a very interesting book which describes in remarkable detail various primitive crafts and survival techniques. Skills such as making blades and axes from stone to various methods of primitive cooking are described in detail. There are sections on primitive basket making and pottery as well as blowgun making and stalking. After reading this book I was left with both a profound admiration for our primitive ancestors as well as some potentially useful newfound knowledge. Since many of the techniques described were utilized by Native Americans this book will be enjoyed by students of this subject as well as by Boy/Girl Scouts who will find many sections which they can utilize on camping trips. This book will also be enjoyed by fans of shows such as "Survivor Man" and "Man vs. Wild" and should be required reading for anyone planning to compete on "Survivor".
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Arnold Kelly on September 21, 2010
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This book is mostly the history of primitive skills and VERY LITTLE practical instruction on how to do the skills. Save your money.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By John Thomas... TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 1, 2010
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Hiking and camping has been a passion of mine ever since I can remember first experiencing it as a cub scout. The mountains in the north country of New England here have been the scene of many trips by me and with my family in the warmer months, as well as years of my trekking the mountains in the dead of winter. No matter how many books on hiking and survival one owns, it seems to be a subject that one can't get enough of if you happen to have a passion for it. There always seems to be something or other included you never saw before, or at least is talked about in greater detail. This Primitive Skills book goes far enough back and gets about as thorough as to diversity as one can get on the subject of wilderness survival. In fact, its better called a wilderness book on living. There is just about nothing that this book doesn't cover, or at least mention in passing on the subject of living and surviving in the wilds of any frontier. From the very beginning it assumes you have moved out into the wilds of some wilderness country and decided to stay there for a right long time. And, bringing nothing with you but a knife and a few matches. Along with the before mentioned basket and tool making, this book will tell you how to make a blow gun, and stalk your pray with it too. It will instruct you on how to make fire from scratch and what is safe to cook over it and keep it going all night. It speaks of primitive medicine in some detail, and outfitting a wardrobe from whatever you can find. And it directs one through the procedure of making all manner of shelter using the bark of trees as rope. You'll learn how to fashion fishing gear out of wild root and fish hooks made of bone.Read more ›
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Drey Tothebush on May 5, 2012
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If you wana know a bunch of stuff about some tribes, and a history lesson, than buy it. If you want a survival manual: This Is Not It
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