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Product Details

  • Paperback: 520 pages
  • Publisher: Shelter Publications; 2nd edition (1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0936070129
  • ISBN-13: 978-0936070124
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (150 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,896 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a very good and informative book.
Larry
This book is a must have for anyone that likes to spend time outdoors.
Robert St. John
I have had a copy of this book for over 40 years.
Frederick Samec

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228 of 232 people found the following review helpful By Roland J. Wells on September 22, 2005
Format: Paperback
My dad put a first-edition copy of this book in my hands when I was in first grade. It taught me to read. I still read it regularly. I have 15-20' of outdoors, camping, Scouting, hunting, survival and edible wild plant books on my shelf. This one book outshines them all. I bought copies of this book for each of my sons the week they were born, and have found copies for each Eagle Scout produced by our troop. If you want to understand wood lore and camp craft from a master, who collected it for a lifetime in the first decades of the last century, this is a masterpiece. Some of the first aid stuff is outdated, but things from canoe design, crafting your own primitive camping equipment to edible plants are written in a wonderfully winsome manner. Particularly if you wonder how people camped and canoed before we had all the high-tech junk we drag around today, this book will amaze you. Fresh every time I read it.
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89 of 91 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 20, 2001
Format: Paperback
This book is very informative. It touches upon all aspects of survival in the woods. Starting with basics of shelter and the finer details including furniture and tools.
There are many diagrams with patterns and measurements to follow which are easy to duplicate. The techniques in this book would be excellent in teaching a survival class to youth or adults.
There are also many nature craft ideas coming from the Native American background. These ideas would do well in a cultural art class.
I have had the chance to see this book in a previous print which was very old. The newer version is quite like the old one and proves to be just as good.
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82 of 87 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 3, 1998
Format: Paperback
If you can get your hands on this book it will be worth it. This book contains "lost" information that was used during the early days of American exploration and indian occupation on survival techniques, from making stone knives and tomahawks to leather jerkins and wooden canoes--and more, such as how to use "natural" compasses. Very educational.
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51 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Ron on May 12, 2009
Format: Paperback
My Senior year of high school,(some thirty years ago) my school librarian stopped me while checking out this book. She said that she had noticed that my name had been the only name this book had been loaned to in four years. Every two weeks I had checked it in in the morning, then checked it out over my lunch hour. She smiled with a twinkle in her eye, and handed me my very own copy that she ordered for me. I still use it constantly.
Well, I'm ordering one for each of my Grand kids. I just wish they offered this in hardcover today.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 9, 1999
Format: Paperback
I think this book is a must have for anyone interested in the great out doors. For people who enjoy minimalist camping, this book has great ideas. The illustrations and directions for making stuff are easy to follow.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful By AvidReader on November 6, 2013
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I loved this book for the broad range of topics it covered. Making clothes from animals, trees, and various plants, shelter building, fire building, tracking, hunting, navigation........... The list goes on. I imagine back in the day(1945) it was unmatched by anything around it. But in today's times it simply doesn't stand up to the information that is available. A dummies guide to navigation is better than what is in this book. YouTube videos illustrating the very best ways to make friction fires, 20 different ways to make kindling, there is simply way better out there.

Looking at the reviews I'm gonna guess that this review will get lots of negative feed back, but I'm not stating an opinion, I'm stating a fact. If you read this book and went out into the wild to survive for a short time, then you would probably be okay, but I'm telling you that if you spent the time to read current books on the same topic, then your knowledge base would render this book useless. One book really never truly does it all, and this book is no exception.

I enjoyed this book for it's classic value. But the author is only average(not a joy to read), the information is dated, and what information is given on any given topic is very small. I think the only topic that was done any justice was canoeing, lol. You cannot use the plant information, better look up every plant they mentioned online to see photos. I'll stop short and say that every topic should just be re-researched as the information that you can get is just way better elsewhere.

I do recommend you read this book though. If you are a part of the bush craft community, then you really should read it. A lot of people reference this book and you might be lost as to how they got there information.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 4, 1997
Format: Paperback
I have read this book houndreds of times between the ages of 10 and 25, at which time I lost the book ( I have been looking for it ever since, a sad loss). Though the illustrations are in black and white only, I found a very simple way to survive in the wilds. With only a minimum of tools or tools created by yourself, this book shows a person how to actually live in the wilds. With a few more tools, anyone could make any of the prodjects in this book. This book also covers food, dressing hides for making clothing, tracking and campsites. I found this book to be one of the most enlightening books I have ever read.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Toogr82h8@Aol.com on May 20, 1998
Format: Paperback
This was a great book. It was handed down to me as a child. The information contained is hard to find and extremly useful. A must for everyone interested in surviving and progressing in the wild.
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