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Handy Farm Devices: And How to Make Them Paperback – February 1, 1996
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This book is a good resource for those who want to investigate this question. It offers many examples of very practical implements, most of which can be built with simple tools, some basic skills, and hard work. "Hard work" may be the most operant item in that list, and throughout the book are sprinkled brief aphorisms encouraging one to embrace the work ethic: "the manly part is to do with might and main what you can (Emerson)"; "keep your shop and your shop will keep you"; "Taste the joy that springs from labor (Longfellow)".
Good illustrations; spare, to-the-point writing st
Call me a survivalist, but I feel books such as these are going to become imperative in the future of america for both the suburbanite and country boy alike. Handy Farm Devices by Rolfe Cobleigh is a must own to anyone who owns or is even thinking about owning their own homestead. This book allows you to make just about anything you could possibly need around a private farm/homestead. Just to name a few things that are tucked away in the pages of this litte gem are How To: use a carpenters square, build stairs, temporary animal housing, a cellar, make your own dresser drawers, feeders for your animals, make a chicken coop from a barrel (and other chicken, pig, horse, and cattle housing designs as well), laying cement foundations, simple housing plans, how to build a concrete stone house for $400 dollars, build your own wheelbarrel, plus various orchard and planting ideas as well as other ideas that are so numerous I can't possibly mention them all.
The only thing this book will not do is give you a step by step guide on how to go about doing X,Y, and Z. It gives you pointers and a general push in the right direction, but it doesn't give you in depth direction. I only see this becoming problematic if you were to take on the task of building one of the houses described in this book. However, I don't see in depth directions being an issue for most of the devices mentioned. Even a modest amount of ingenuity should be sufficient in most cases. In the end this book delievers all that it reasonably can in less than 300 pages. A must have for those interested in homesteading, and those who believe that true self-sufficiency will become a necessary skill in the future of this country.
I don't find anything in it useful to modern organic gardeners or homesteaders. Don't waste your money.
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worst book product I have ever bought from Amazon.Book refers to illustrations and there is not one illustration in the book.
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Great book with a lot of information. Used this to make sheep fencing. It helped a lot. Thanks. The shipping was great as well.Published 2 months ago by Baja
We all LOVE these books! So many creative ideas that open your mind to the resourcefulness of farmers from years back.Published 4 months ago by Glori Bee
Handy little book. I love using bits and pieces to make things instead of buying new all the time. I like being able to put things together and enjoy the process of it. Read morePublished 8 months ago by 4wheelsonachair
I thought there would be pictures. All text. Guess reading isn't my strong suit ;)Published 9 months ago by Darkwing Duck
I wish the pages were separated into headings, but seeing as it's translated from ages ago, I guess I"l forgvie it. Read morePublished 11 months ago by thebozworth
waste of money, this is a collection of descriptions of pictures that were omitted from the book. Nothing useful here,Published 17 months ago by Keith Skaggs