Do you want to learn plants by the thousands?
Imagine encountering a plant you've never before seen, yet instantly recognizing it. That's the magic and power of the patterns method of plant identification.
Related plants have similar characteristics for identification and often similar uses. Learn to identify plant families according to their common features, and you will instantly recognize other family members as you encounter them, even when traveling thousands of miles away from home.
For example, plants of the Mustard family have 4 petals plus 6 stamens (4 tall and 2 short). Stamens are the male part of the flower, which is easy to remember because they always "stay men." If you find a flower with this combination, then you know it is a member of the Mustard family, and it is edible, typically as a spicy addition to a salad. There are more than 3,000 plants in the Mustard family, so you have just learned to identify 3,000 edible plants across six continents.
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Build Your Dream Home Mortgage-Free! Living Homes: Stone Masonry, Log, and Strawbale Construction teaches that a house of your Dreams does not have to be expensive. The key is in the planning. The cost of a house, 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! Living Homes takes you through the planning stage and introduces slipform stone masonry.
The Slipform Stone Masonry DVD shows 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 a novice.
Green Prosperity: Quit Your Job, Live Your Dreams is a book demonstrating how to join the ranks of the successfully unemployed, free to live off surplus abundance, and re-engage to make a positive contribution. History shows us how little actual work is required to provide for most human needs such as shelter, clothing, warmth, food, and water, and even new necessities, such as mobile phones and transportation. Study this book to free yourself for adventuring or even building your own home.
Can you forage or hunt for food, find a mate, and raise your young... without becoming someone else's lunch? Welcome to Wildlife Web, a game where you participate in the web of life. Wildlife Web is an exciting, dynamic game of strategy where adventure, luck, and cunning provide hours of fun for family and friends, recommended for ages 9 to 99. [Read more...]
Have you ever dreamed of walking out into the woods to survive with nothing but the clothes you have on? You are not alone. In a society that is disconnected from the natural world, many individuals find themselves wondering about what lay beyond the pavement. We know that our ancestors lived by their bare hands and wits alone, but how did they do it? How would you do it? What would it be like to be so connected with the natural world that you could just leave everything behind and walk away into the woods? It is easier than you might expect.
You might think you would need to take a lot of classes and learn a gazillion skills to survive, but the real secret is in knowing how not to need very many skills at all. For example, if you've made a bowdrill fire set with a steel knife, you may wonder how to make a set without a knife. So how do you make a good enough stone knife to work wood as nicely as your steel knife? You don't. By breaking sticks and abrading them on rocks you can make a completely serviceable bowdrill set without the need for a fancy knife at all, as you will see in Volume One of the Art of Nothing Wilderness Survival Video Series.
You won't get a laboratory-style skills demonstration in these videos. Instead, Thomas J. Elpel and his special guests take you camping in the real world and connect the dots, demonstrating how each of these skills are applied together to meet your basic needs of shelter, fire, water, and plant and animal foods. Also included in the videos are wild mushrooms and unique tools and cooking techniques, plus great scenery and wildlife footage, so you really get a multi-dimensional sense of the skills and the place.
Each video takes place in a different setting in different seasons, with Thomas J. Elpel and his guests demonstrating completely different skills to meet their basic needs. [Read More...]
Stone Age Living Skills Video Classics Series on DVD
The Stone Age Living Skills Video Classic Series brings back to life on DVD some of the best primitive skills videos ever produced on VHS video. Our first three discs in this series feature seven great movies from four top instructors: Jim Riggs, Brian James, Robert Earthworm, and Melvin Beattie. Topics covered include: friction fire with the handdrill and bowdrill, plant fiber cordage, the primitive lifestyle, hide tanning with both wet-scrape and dry-scrape techniques, plus knapping arrowheads and making primitive arrows.
These videos were originally filmed in the late 1980s and early 1990s on analog VHS video. Although the colors have faded some (giving that old time, "classic" look), the video content is good. Some video segments are noticeably pixelated due to the necessary compression to put three to four hours of video on each disc. However, this is a cosmetic detail only that does not detract from the skills content of the videos.
Special Pricing: These seven videos originally sold for $30 each on separate VHS tapes. Now you can own all seven classics on DVD at a great low price. Purchase the three discs separately for $25 each, or order all three discs together for a special low price of $50--a savings of $160 compared to the cost of the original separate videos! [Read More...]