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Amateur Sugar Maker Paperback – August 1, 1986

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“Perrin understands the poetry of living . . . A slower paced world comes alive. Loggers, sawmasters, farmers, Vermont countrymen of all sorts meander through the book commenting on sugaring and life . . . Marvelously written.”—Nashville Tennessean
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5 x 7 trim. 21 illus. LC 91-50818 --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 104 pages
  • Publisher: Dartmouth; 1st pbk. ed edition (August 1, 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0874513790
  • ISBN-13: 978-0874513790
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,440,167 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A real gem on how Noel Perrin started sugaring from his own trees. He's revised the book over 20 years, so he's learned from his own mistakes and successes. He has some pithy commentary on Thoreau's costs of cabin making versus his own, as well. And did you know that milk (just a drop) will calm a roiling boil?
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When he wrote this account, Noel Perrin (1927-2004) was an English professor at Dartmouth. He also owned a Vermont farm, and the property included stands of sugar maples. It was only natural that he would be interested in setting up a small sugaring operation in order to process his own maple syrup. After all, that's what folks do, up here in New England.

Being an admirer of Henry David Thoreau, Perrin sets out to do something special: he builds his sugar house as a replica of Thoreau's cabin at Walden Pond. The first third of "Amateur Sugar Maker" thus chronicles the building of the structure. Along the way, Perrin continually compares his expenses, the costs of materials and other statistics (in 1969) to Thoreau's own spreadsheet of 1845, well publicized in "Walden." What fun!

But then Perrin has to acquire the proper sugaring equipment (after doing some research to discover exactly what he needs in the first place, of course). If he thought building the house was a tough task, he discovers that he's in for even more than he bargained for when he sets off to find buckets, a cask, and an evaporator small enough to fit into the space, since he unwittingly confined himself when he built such a tiny barn. His goal (in frugal N.E. fashion) is to find good used equipment instead of buying anything new. Being diligent about watching newspaper ads and hearing local tales puts him on the proper trails. Eventually his approach pays off, and he assembles and tests the process. The last part of the book is therefore spent emptying buckets and making a few bottles of syrup for sale in New York City.

This paperback edition includes a postscript written in 1982, after Perrin and his family had been sugaring for 15 years.
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I really enjoyed this book. It shows the experience of a "backyard sugarin'" guy in great detail while being very entertaining at the same time.
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A funny and interesting journey into the home production of maple syrup. The comparison of Thoreau's life on Walden Pond and Perrin's life as a sugar maker. A wonderful trip through the process of syrup production.
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Noel Perrin is a great writer. I bought 5! It will be a great Christmas present for the non-Vermonters in the family.
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