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Knots (Collins Gem)
by Trevor Bounford

A clear introduction to the world of knots, from the practical to the decorative. Illustrated step-by-step instructions on how to master over 50 knots.

Step-by-step instructions to tying over 50 knots from the essential to the decorative. A practical guide for sailers, moutaineers and campers as well as those who would like to try their hand at more decorative knots.

     

Knots Step by Step
by Des Pawson

Get yourself in the perfect knot with this ultimate guide to knots for every occasion

Knots Step by Step is the essential guide to knowing and tying knots for every purpose. From figure-of-eights to reef knots and highwayman's hitches to monkey's fists, it includes every knot you ever thought you needed to tie, and more. The book comes with a handy rope so you can practice every knot as you learn.

Covering more than 100 knots for climbing, sailing, horse-riding, survival and fishing as well as for gardening, DIY, medical and decorative purposes, the clear layout and photographs of every step will move you on from knot-tying novice in no time. You'll also learn all about the different types of knots and the fascinating stories behind how many of these came into being.

Knots Step by Step is the ideal book to have to hand for whenever a knot is needed. (Previously published as the Handbook of Knots.)

     

Finding Your Way Without Map or Compass Paperback – Illustrated
by Harold Gatty

Finding Your Way Without Map or Compass is an immensely useful and comprehensive manual on the subject of natural navigation. It comes highly recommended by Woodlore's most senior instructors and is an excellent point of reference for anyone wishing to explore this subject, especially those who are looking to attend a Woodlore navigation course.

Finding Your Way Without Map or Compass delves into the diverse art of natural navigation, with clear information on how best to navigate using a wide range of factors including the wind, sun, moon, clouds, stars, trees, rivers, hills, insects, birds, fish, and even your sense of smell. Guidance is given on various environments, including towns, wilderness areas, deserts, oceans and snow-covered landscapes. The author also reflects on the history of the subject, with information on some of the great primitive navigators and how early man found his way.

This book is essentially an unabridged reprint of the 1958 publication Nature is Your Guide: How to Find Your Way on Land and Sea by Observing Nature. Complete with monochrome illustrations, tables and diagrams, it is an unrivalled guide to this fascinating subject, featuring clear explanations from one of the world's great navigators.

     

The Book of Building Fires: How to Master the Art of the Perfect Fire (Survival Books for Adults, Camping Books, Survival Guide Book) – Illustrated
by S Coulthard

Here's the perfect companion for sitting by a fireplace, wood stove, or campsite in the great outdoors. Straightforward directions and how-to illustrations provide instructions on building a roaring fire with confidence, skill, and efficiency--a fire that people will gather around in admiration.

Filled with more than 60 entries on fire making, these pages include advice on sourcing the proper wood, chopping and storing, building and lighting the ideal stack, and cooking over an open flame. With a textured spine imitating a matchbook striking pad, this handsome book is a wonderful housewarming gift and a must-have for anyone who enjoys life's simple pleasures.

     

Primitive Technology: A Survivalist's Guide to Building Tools, Shelters & More in the Wild
by John Plant

THE PERFECT GIFT FOR SURVIVALISTS, OUTDOOR LOVERS AND ARMCHAIR ADMIRERS OF PRIMITIVE TECHNOLOGY.

Disconnect from digital and reconnect with your inner caveman.

BUILD. COOK. HUNT. HEAT. SURVIVE.
COULD YOU THRIVE IN THE WILDERNESS?

The most primitive human skills unite us all, yet we live in an age more detached than ever. Reconnect with the earth and learn how to build things by hand from scratch, guided by the creator of the world’s most popular primitive technology YouTube channel, John Plant.

Watched by millions online, this is the first time Primitive Technology’s ancient methods, rooted in fire, stone, earth, water and plants, have been comprehensively laid out in a book. Through illustrations, photographs and instruction, learn how to create something useful from natural resources and become skilled in the art of fire starting, pottery making, shelter building, spear throwing, basket crafting and much more.

Whether you are a seasoned survivalist, a lover of the outdoors or an armchair admirer, these primitive crafts teach us all something about the fundamentals of human life on earth.

     

Ultimate Guide to Wilderness Living: Surviving with Nothing But Your Bare Hands and What You Find in the Woods – Illustrated
by John McPherson

Learn everything you need to know about wilderness survival.

“During my first years of learning survival I took a course in survival and primitive earth skills taught by John and Geri McPherson. I was excited by their unbelievable passion and their intrinsic understanding of survival. Their teachings took me from understanding basic skills to a full-blown love for the ancient technologies that humans developed to survive. John and Geri are the real deal. They don’t just teach this stuff, they live it. I loved the experience with them so much I came back a second time a few years later. Now that I have traveled the world as Survivorman—experiencing and filming survival in every ecosystem there is—I can sit back and watch my shows and see John and Geri’s teachings peek through in every situation. I have been able to understand survival because of John and Geri, and can highly recommend this book.” --Les Stroud, AKA Survivorman.

Packed with in-depth instruction and photos, Ultimate Guide to Wilderness Living teaches you the skills need to survive and live in the wild using only those things found in the woods.

     

Survive!: Essential Skills and Tactics to Get You Out of Anywhere - Alive – Illustrated
by Les Stroud

An up-to-the-minute survival guide from the creator of Survivorman explores how to stay alive in the wild, in the jungle, in the desert, and in urban disasters.

From the sun-scorched sands of the Kalahari to the snake-infested jungles of the Amazon, Les Stroud has made a life of surviving in the harshest--and most remote--regions on Earth.

Now, the creator, producer, and host of the hit television program Survivorman transfers his decades of knowledge and experience to the pages of Survive!, a practical guide that gives everyday readers a no-nonsense look at the real world of survival.

Stroud offers readers the essential skills and tactics necessary to endure in any corner of the globe, along with a wealth of insider information born of his own experiences in the outdoors and unavailable in any other book. Readers will learn:

How to make a survival shelter and why a lean-to is largely a waste of time.
Why survival kits are important, and why you should make your own.
Where to find water and why drinking contaminated water is sometimes warranted.
How to locate and trap small animals and why the notion of tracking and hunting large game is largely a pipe dream.

Whether seasoned in the outdoor arts or new to adventuring, all readers will learn something from Survive!. Stroud's many colorful anecdotes and cut-to-the-chase philosophy not only make for an entertaining read, but also enhance anyone's ability to focus on the main goal when everything else has gone wrong--survival.

     

 

Outdoor Survival Skills – Illustrated
by Larry Dean Olsen

Outdoor Survival Skills has taught three generations of wilderness adventurers how to survive in nature without expensive purchased equipment, instead drawing on knowledge of the land and carefully tested techniques, many of them ancient, for finding or creating shelter, fire, tools, water, and plant and animal foods. In this new edition, anecdotes from the author's lifetime of experience provide thrilling examples of the skills and attitudes that ensure survival outdoors.

     

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