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Living Homes.Living Homes

Living Homes
Stone Masonry, Log, and Strawbale Construction
6th Edition. May 2010. ISBN: 978-1-892784-32-2.

      The house of your Dreams does not have to be expensive. The key is all in the planning. How much a house costs, how it looks, how comfortable it is, how energy-efficient it is--all these things occur on paper before you pick up even one tool. A little extra time in the planning process can save you tens of thousands of dollars in construction and maintenance. That is time well spent! [Read more...]

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Stone House: A Guide to Self-Building with Slipforms.Stone House

Stone House
A Guide to Self-Building with Slipforms
Revised Edition. September 2009. ISBN: 978-0-473-14821-8.

      Born and raised in the USA, author Tomm Stanley hopped around the world working in Antarctica, Australia, southeast Asia and New Zealand, where he found a partner and settled down. Tomm and Sabrina had lots of rocks available on their land, and so slipforming was the obvious choice for building their dream home. Thomas J. Elpel had the good fortune to meet Tomm Stanley while vacationing in New Zealand and was privileged to receive a personal tour of the house. [Read more...]

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Roadmap to Reality.
Roadmap to Reality

Roadmap to Reality
Consciousness, Worldviews, and the Blossoming of Human Spirit
May 2008. ISBN: 978-1-892784-29-2.

      Roadmap to Reality is the quest to unravel the illusions to discover what reality really is. The journey follows the link between technology and thought, showing how hunter-gatherer, agricultural, industrial, and informational societies define reality in predictable ways. In essence, production technology dictates how we perceive cause and effect, how we solve problems, and how we approach parenting and governing. Roadmap to Reality sequentially follows simple ideas and commonsense logic to reveal how consciousness and worldviews evolve in layers over time. [Read more...]

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Direct Pointing to Real Wealth.
Direct Pointing to Real Wealth

Direct Pointing to Real Wealth
Thomas J. Elpel's Field Guide to Money
5th Edition. May 2000. ISBN: 1-892784-08-4

      In Direct Pointing to Real Wealth, Thomas J. Elpel demonstrates that it is inevitable that we will create an ecologically sustainable economy. Tom turns conventional thinking on its head and out-lines steps you can take to increase your prosperity right now while closing the loop on waste and speeding the transition to a greener world. [Read more...]

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Participating in Nature: Wilderness Survival and Primitive Living Skills.
Participating in Nature

Participating in Nature
Wilderness Survival and Primitive Living Skills
6th Edition. March 2009. ISBN: 978-1-892784-30-0.

      Get in touch with your wild side! Primitive living is a way of learning about nature by participating in it. Instead of merely camping in the wilderness or passing through it, you can become part of the process. You learn about nature by using it to meet your needs for shelter, fire, water, and food. You set aside the trappings of modern culture and step directly into nature with little or nothing, to experience nature on its own terms. [Read more...]

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Foraging the Mountain West.
Foraging the Mountain West

Foraging the Mountain West
Gourmet Edible Plants, Mushrooms, and Meat
June 2014. ISBN: 978-1-892784-36-0

      There's food in them thar hills! There is also food in the valleys, meadows, swamps, and all around town, too... maybe even in your own backyard. Foraging the Mountain West is a guide to harvesting and celebrating nature's abundance. Reach out and explore the world with your taste buds. Discover new delights you will never find at the store. Connect with nature on a deeper level by meeting, greeting, and eating the plants, fungi, and creatures that share the neighborhood. Become a little more self-sufficient, and a lot more aware. [Read more...]

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Botany in a Day.
Botany in a Day

Botany in a Day
The Patterns Method of Plant Identification
An Herbal Field Guide to Plant Families
6th Edition. June 2013. ISBN: 978-1-892784-35-3

      Botany in a Day is changing the way people learn about plants! Tom's book has gained a nationwide audience almost exclusively by word-of-mouth. It is now used as a text at universities and high schools as well as herbal and wilderness schools across North America. Instead of presenting individual plants, Botany in a Day unveils the patterns of identification and uses among related plants, giving readers simple tools to rapidly unlock the mysteries of the new species they encounter throughout the continent. [Read more...]

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Shanleya's Quest.
Shanleya's Quest
(the book)

Shanleya's Quest
A Botany Adventure for Kids Ages 9 to 99
March 2005. ISBN: 1-892784-16-5

      Shanleya's Quest is a story that is both educational and fun. In a mythical world where time is a liquid that falls as rain upon the land, young Shanleya paddles her canoe out to the "Tree Islands" to learn the plant traditions of her people. Each island is home to a separate family of plants and an unforgettable Guardian with lessons to teach about the identification and uses of those plants. Shanleya's Quest is a truly unique educational book that presents botanical concepts and plant identification skills in an easy and fun metaphorical format for children as well as for adults who are young at heart. [Read more...]

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Patterns in Plants Card Game.
Shanleya's Quest
(the game)

Shanleya's Quest
A Botany Adventure for Kids Ages 9 to 99
March 2005. ISBN: 1-892784-16-5

      Read the book. Play the game! The Patterns in Plants Card Game is a fun way to test your skills at identifying the family patterns described in Shanleya's Quest. Learn to see the patterns in the game. Then you will be able to recognize them in the real world! Many different plant identification games are possible with this deck of cards. [Read more...]

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 La Búsqueda de Shanleya: Una aventura botánica para niños de 9 a 99 años.
La Búsqueda de Shanleya
(Spanish Translation)

La Búsqueda de Shanleya
Una aventura botánica para niños de 9 a 99 años
May 2016. ISBN: 978-1-892784-38-4.

      En un mundo mítico donde el Tiempo es un líquido que cae en forma de lluvia, Shanleya remó su canoa hacia "Las Islas del Árbol" para aprender las tradiciones de las plantas de su pueblo. Cada isla es el hogar de una familia diferente de plantas y de un Guardián inolvidable, con lecciones para aprender acerca de la identificación y uso de esas plantas.

      La Búsqueda de Shanleya es un libro único verdaderamente educativo, que presenta conceptos botánicos y habilidades de identificación de plantas en un formato metafórico fácil y divertido para los niños y adultos. Read More...

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I'm a Medicine Woman, Too!.
I'm a Medicine Woman, Too!

I'm a Medicine Woman, Too!
A Tale of Herbal Wisdom and Personal Empowerment
March 2009. ISBN: 978-1-892784-31-5

      I'm a Medicine Woman, Too! is a colorful and soulful book of self discovery and personal empowerment for budding healers, as well as every kid heeding a calling or pursuing a dream.
      Rhiannon is the inspiration and model for this tale of realization and growth, as she first resists believing she could ever be a Medicine Woman like the herbalists and healers she's met... but then realizes the ways in which she is already the woman of power she hopes to be. [Read more...]

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Slipform Stone Masonry DVD.
Slipform Stone Masonry DVD

Slipform Stone Masonry DVD
Video Companion to Living Homes

DVD. November 2001. 1 hr, 50 min. ISBN: 1-892784-17-3.

      Want to build a stone house? It's easier than you might think! Slipform Stone Masonry brings to life the nuts-and-bolts of the slipforming process featured in Tom's book Living Homes.
Slipforming is the process of using forms on both sides of the wall as a guide for the stonework. The forms are filled with stone and concrete, then "slipped" up the walls to form the subsequent levels. Slipforming makes stone work easy even for the novice. [Read more...]

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Classroom in the Woods DVD.
Classroom in the Woods

Classroom in the Woods
Primitive Skills for Public Schools
DVD. 2010. ISBN: 978-1-892784-33-9.

      Amid a growing awareness of the need to reconnect kids with nature, Classroom in the Woods vividly demonstrates the power and promise of hands-on, immersive experiences to put kids in touch with the real world. In this enlightening video, author and educator Thomas J. Elpel brings a class of junior high students out into the woods for three days and two nights of hands-on wilderness survival and primitive skills experience. [Read more...]

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Three Days at the River DVD.
Art of Nothing Volume 1: Three Days at the River

Art of Nothing Wilderness Survival Video Series
Volume 1: Three Days at the River
with nothing but our bare hands

DVD. May 2002. 91 Minutes. ISBN: 1-892784-20-3.

      No knife. No matches. No food, sleeping bags or other gear. Join Thomas J. Elpel and 13 year-old daughter Felicia for this extraordinary primitive camping experience in southwest Montana. In the cottonwoods along the Jefferson River they demonstrate all the skills required to meet their basic needs, starting with nothing but their bare hands. [Read more...]

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Mountain Meadows DVD.
Art of Nothing Volume 2: Mountain Meadows

Art of Nothing Wilderness Survival Video Series
Volume 2: Mountain Meadows
camping with almost nothing but the dog

DVD. July 2002. 90 Minutes. ISBN: 1-892784-21-1.

      With little more than stone knives and the dog, Thomas J. Elpel and cousin Melvin Beattie venture into the Rocky Mountains to survive with whatever they can find and improvise from their surroundings. Among the wildflowers, wildlife and scenic meadows of southwestern Montana, they demonstrate all the skills needed to meet their basic needs. [Read more...]

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Mountain Lakes DVD.
Art of Nothing Volume 3: Mountain Lakes

Art of Nothing Wilderness Survival Video Series
Volume 3: Mountain Lakes
a survival fishing trip

DVD. July 2003. 104 Minutes. ISBN: 1-892784-22-X.

      With little more than a flint & steel kit and a copper drinking cup, Thomas J. Elpel and daughter Cassie trek five miles back into the Rocky Mountains for a few days of fishing, fun, and survival living. Among the spectacular lakes and mountain peaks, they demonstrate all of the skills required to meet their basic needs. [Read more...]

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Canoe Camping DVD.
Art of Nothing Volume 4: Canoe Camping

Art of Nothing Wilderness Survival Video Series
Volume 4: Canoe Camping
on a song and a paddle

DVD. July 2006. 90 Minutes. ISBN: 978-1-892784-24-7.

      With two water bottles and a flute in their canoe, Thomas J. Elpel and intern Kris Reed go survival camping at the local lake. Amidst the abundant waterfowl, wildlife, and intermittent rain showers and thunderstorms, they camp for three days and two nights and demonstrate all of the skills required to meet their basic needs. [Read more...]

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Stone Age Living Skills Video Classics DVD, Disc One.
Video Classics Series: Disc One

Stone Age Living Skills Video Classics Series
Disc 1: Fire, Food, Cordage
DVD. July 2007. ISBN: 978-1-892784-25-4.

      Three movies on one disc! Friction Fire: Jim Riggs teaches how to start a fire by friction with the handdrill and bowdrill. Learn to confidently make and use your own sets from materials found in nature. Plant Fiber Cordage: Jim Riggs teaches how to make durable plant fiber cordage from dogbane, milkweed, and stinging nettles, using several different techniques. Primitive Life Skills: Robert Earthworm demonstrates primitive skills as part of his daily life, including fire by friction with the bowdrill, cooking campfire bread, making jerky, cordage from sinew and more. [Read more...]

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Stone Age Living Skills Video Classics DVD, Disc Two.
Video Classics Series: Disc Two

Stone Age Living Skills Video Classics Series
Disc 2: Hide Tanning
DVD. July 2007. ISBN: 978-1-892784-26-1.

      Three movies on one disc! The Ancient Art of Tanning Buckskin: Robert Earthworm teaches dry-scrape tanning, including how to properly skin, flesh, rack, scrape, brain, stretch, soften and smoke deer hides. This has been one of the most popular videos ever produced on dry-scrape brain tanning. Tanning Spirit: Melvin Beattie teaches how to brain tan hides using the wet-scrape method. Learn to efficiently skin, flesh, scrape, brain, soften, and smoke hides to make your own durable clothing, moccasins, and bags. [Read more...]

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Stone Age Living Skills Video Classics DVD, Disc Three.
Video Classics Series: Disc Three

Stone Age Living Skills Video Classics Series
Disc 3: Arrows of the Stone Age
DVD. July 2007. ISBN: 978-1-892784-27-8.

      Two movies on one disc! Pressure Flake Stone Arrowheads: In this flintknapping primer, Brian James demonstrates how to safely and effectively spall blades off of an obsidian core. He teaches how to pressure flake these blades into arrowheads using deer antler or copper tipped tools. Arrows from the Stone Age: A good bow won't make a bad arrow fly straight. In this video Brian James teaches how to make quality primitive arrows from both wild-crafted and purchased materials. [Read more...]

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Living Homes.

Dear Thomas and Jeanne,

      I've just arrived home from Portugal to find that your book and the DVDs have arrived. The old farm houses in the south of Portugal are built out of stone, and I'm planning to use your building ideas and method there. The book is a gold mine of information and you have put a lot of effort into it, left nothing out, even your philosophy on how to live is a gift to all (myself included) who live in a world of consumerism. THANK YOU!

Best wishes,

Carlos

Books
authored by
Thomas J. Elpel
Roadmap to Reality: Consciousness, Worldviews, andthe Blossoming of Human Spirit
Roadmap
to Reality
Living Homes: Stone Masonry, Log, and Strawbale Construction
Living
Homes
Participating in Nature: Wilderness Survival and Primitive Living Skills.
Participating
in Nature
Foraging the Mountain West: Gourmet Edible Plants, Mushrooms, and Meat.
Foraging the
Mountain West
Botany in a Day: The Patterns Method of Plant Identification
Botany
in a Day
Shanleya's Quest: A Botany Adventure for Kids
Shanleya's
Quest

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