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

3.7 out of 5 stars 105 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

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 

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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: 6 x 6.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,431 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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I can say I generally agree with the other 5 reviews prior to the date of this one. This book is a compilation of various authors' articles that have been published elswhere including in the Primitive Technology I & II (Bulletin of Primitive Technology), & Practicing Primitive by Steven Watts. Therefore the content varies from chapter to chapter some being more detailed than others. I particularly found the chapter on the Paiute deadfall & Whole-shoot Willow Baskets helpful, while some of the stories told were also enjoyable. The subtitle of the book "An outdoorsman's guide to Shelters, Tools, Weapons, Tracking, Survival, and More" is a bit misleading in that there is next to nothing gained from this book for shelters and I would take the survival part somewhat lightly. There are certainly some useful survival tips but as one reviewer said you wouldn't want to be stuck with this book in a survival situation. I recommend this book for people just starting with an interest in primitive technology or those looking for a summary or introduction to the world of primitiveness. It may also be of use to those looking for some basic instructions on basket crafts & pottery.
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