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Makeshift Workshop Skills Paperback – May 1, 2009
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On the positive side, Ballou writes in a very accessible manner, and his instructions are always clear and easy to follow, with adequate B&W photographs. His section on metalworking would make a great jumping-off point for an amateur blacksmith, although it is frustrating that he simply recommends another text (in this case, The Complete Modern Blacksmith) instead of providing the relevant information himself. Some of the projects (like the milk plastic, or the idea of using a 5-gallon bucket or some PVC as improvised Kydex) are genuinely interesting.
Bottom line: this is a good start for someone looking to get into self-sufficiency, reuse/recycling, or DIY. But is NOT the resource you need for actually gaining proficiency in those skills.
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I subscribe to Backwoods Magazine. James Ballou's many articles about using found objects to fix all sorts of strange things you'd otherwise give up to the town landfill have... Read morePublished on September 1, 2013 by Anna Erishkigal
I was surprised at the handy info on properties of metals, glues and woods.
This book contained handy fixes for most anything made of wood. Read more
Many of the ideas were nothing new to me as I am a make-do, function over form kind of guy, but some were. I liked several of the ideas and plan on using them. Read morePublished on December 21, 2012 by Woodburn
This book has some good tips and ideas to do with less and make items. I have yet to try these ideas but over all it is a useful book to have around. Read morePublished on December 16, 2012 by ric
Fast shipping. Item as described. Sweetie loved it.
A good gift for a craftsman!
Christmas gift 2012. A good book to add to your library!
Easy to read, good fotos. Straight to the point.
Read it fast and practice!
Can't wait to try some of the projects presented.
Excellent idea book for people who like to improvise when solving problems. Great ideas on use of rawhide, cord & string. Read morePublished on January 5, 2012 by John Steppe