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        71.

        PRACTICAL JEWELRY-MAKING TECHNIQUES: PROBLEM SOLVING

        Stephen O'Keeffe
        Paperback

        Price: $24.95

        Practical Jewelry-Making Techniques: Problem Solving departs from tradition by offering serious instruction to jewelry makers without assuming an advanced degree of prior knowledge. It presents a comp…

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        Practical Jewelry-Making Techniques: Problem Solving departs from tradition by offering serious instruction to jewelry makers without assuming an advanced degree of prior knowledge. It presents a comprehensive survey of the core jewelry-making techniques while providing easier alternative solutions that get the same results as traditional methods. Each chapter is packed with unique ideas on how the jewelry artist can make tasks simpler, quicker or less expensive and still produce beautiful pieces. There are instructions for adapting and making problem-solving tools and jigs from everyday items, and tips on identifying potential pitfalls in a project and avoiding costly mistakes.

        Step-by-step lessons in jewelry technique accompany more than 50 projects designed to put the skills into practice while creating beautiful pieces. Thorough explanations and hundreds of close-up photographs with detailed captions ensure the book will become a well-used reference for the jewelry maker. "You Will Need" boxes keep track of tools and materials, and "Tip" inserts offer sound advice born of experience. Where needed, there are design sketches with measurements.

        The chapters are:

        • Tools for jewelry-making
        • Basic techniques
        • The making of simple specialized tools
        • Punch and die
        • Alternative methods of soldering
        • Wire scrollwork
        • The coming block
        • Applications of the screw
        • The removable spindle tool
        • Findings
        • Ring-sizing and wire-sizing tables

        Those with any level of jewelry-making experience will enjoy and greatly benefit from the author's decades of experience, his clear instruction and the wealth of useful illustrations in this book. It's sure to be a welcome choice for both students and professional crafters alike.


        72.

        THE VILLAGE CARPENTER

        Walter Rose
        Paperback

        Price: $15.95

        First published in 1937, this woodworking classic reveals a fascinating look into the social structure of a 19th-century English town and a carpenter's place in it. Encapsulating a time before power t…

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        First published in 1937, this woodworking classic reveals a fascinating look into the social structure of a 19th-century English town and a carpenter's place in it. Encapsulating a time before power tools and mass production, when woodworkers made virtually everything, Walter Rose writes eloquently on a number of topics, including running a country business; the carpenter's shop; working on a farm, new home and windmill; undertaking; and furniture repairs. Manifesting the importance of skill and the attitudes of the craftsman to his tools and work, this book will be of great interest to any carpenter or woodworker with an appreciation for the history of their craft.


        73.

        BUILD GREEN, MAKE GREEN, SAVE GREEN

        Adam D. Bearup
        Paperback

        Price: $19.99

        This book compares four mainstream green building styles, including: Insulated Concrete Forms (ICFs), Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs), Advanced Framing, and Earth Shelters. Also included are case s…

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        This book compares four mainstream green building styles, including: Insulated Concrete Forms (ICFs), Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs), Advanced Framing, and Earth Shelters. Also included are case studies and story problems for deciding which renewable energy systems work best for specific areas.


        74.

        WOODCARVING COURSE & REFERENCE MANUAL

        Chris Pye
        Paperback

        Price: $19.95

        The first step into a new craft can be overwhelming: Where to start? What tools to buy? What projects to begin with? Thanks to author and internationally acclaimed woodcarver Chris Pye, this guide is filled with everything a beginning woodcarver needs to know.

        Pye's Woodcarving Course & Reference Manual is akin to having a one-on-one course with a master carver. You'll learn what to look for in a workbench, the importance of commissioning your carving tools-there's more to it than just sharpening!-and how to make exacting cuts and execute a variety of techniques. Like any good instructor, Pye includes practice exercises to make you comfortable with the tools and techniques, so you can build your skills and carve with confidence.

        Pye's conversational teaching style will encourage you as you follow the step-by-step instructions and work on a number of motifs, as well as projects for low, high and pierced relief, and in-the-round.

          With Pye's help, you'll learn to carve:
        • Four types of molding
        • A beautiful koi project in three levels of relief carving
        • A realistic baseball cap in-the-round
        • A charming wren in-the-round

        75.

        WHITTLIN' WHISTLES

        Rick Wiebe
        Paperback

        Price: $12.95

        One of the signature projects whittlers enjoy working on is the whistle, and this book addresses each and every detail of successful whistle making. With a pocket knife and some readily available mate…

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        One of the signature projects whittlers enjoy working on is the whistle, and this book addresses each and every detail of successful whistle making. With a pocket knife and some readily available materials, most of which can be gathered from nature, beginning carvers will produce fun and attractive whistles that they can show off to their friends.

        Designed to be understandable to both younger readers and adult beginners, the book features numerous full-color instructional photos for each project and provides a strong emphasis on safety and tool care. Featured projects include the classic slip bark whistle, tube whistles, a kazoo, a vuvuzuela, and reed whistles.


        76.

        THE HANDBUILT HOME

        Ana White
        Paperback

        Price: $22.99

        Beds, organizers, Adirondack chairs, a play table, and more! It's easy to build inexpensive, quality furnishings with this indispensible collection of woodworking projects from Ana White, the popular …

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        Beds, organizers, Adirondack chairs, a play table, and more! It's easy to build inexpensive, quality furnishings with this indispensible collection of woodworking projects from Ana White, the popular blogger who has inspired millions of homemakers with her stylish furniture plans and DIY spirit. As a young mom on a tight budget, White learned to make her own well-designed pieces inspired by the styles in her favorite stores ... saving thousands of dollars in the process. Now, in this reference for woodworkers of all skill levels, Ana shares everything she has learned along the way. Inside The Handbuilt Home you'll find:

        • Plans for 34 versatile furniture projects for every room in your house ... from beginner-friendly home accessories to sturdy tables, a media center, kids' items and storage solutions
        • Comprehensive information on using off-the-shelf lumber and basic equipment ... almost every project can be made with a drill, a saw and some hand tools
        • Easy-to-follow instructions, costs and time estimates to guide even the most amateur of carpenters through any project
        You don't need to be physically tough or superstrong to make your own furniture, and it's okay if you don't know that a 2x4 doesn't actually measure 2 by 4 inches. All you need is the determination to create a better home for yourself or your family and the confidence to say, "I can build that."


        77.

        THE COB BUILDER'S HANDBOOK

        Becky Bee
        Paperback

        Price: $23.95

        Cob (an old English word for lump) is old-fashioned concrete, made out of a mixture of clay, sand, and straw. Becky Bee's manual is a friendly guide to making your own earth structure, with chapters o…

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        Cob (an old English word for lump) is old-fashioned concrete, made out of a mixture of clay, sand, and straw. Becky Bee's manual is a friendly guide to making your own earth structure, with chapters on design, foundations, floors, windows and doors, finishes, and of course, making glorious cob.


        78.

        BUILDING A LOG CABIN RETREAT

        Michael Mulligan
        Paperback

        Price: $15.00

        If you've ever dreamed of building a rustic log cabin to use as a weekend hideaway, hunting lodge or even an emergency retreat, this book tells you how to make it a reality. This step-by-step guide is…

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        If you've ever dreamed of building a rustic log cabin to use as a weekend hideaway, hunting lodge or even an emergency retreat, this book tells you how to make it a reality. This step-by-step guide is chock-full of tips and advice culled from author Michael Mulligan's decades of experience. Specializing in do-it-yourself projects that use improvised materials and avoid bureaucratic hassles, Mulligan first shares invaluable insight on finding your land and negotiating the shark-filled waters of real estate deals. Then, in straightforward terms that even a novice can follow easily, he walks you through the construction process, from selecting and preparing the logs to erecting and chinking the walls to building the roof and finishing the interior. He also includes a chapter on dispensing with public utilities in meeting your water, sewage, heating, cooking, lighting, power and refrigeration needs. Finally, for those who wish to tackle a scaled-up version of Mulligan's basic design, he presents the formulas necessary for calculating the parameters and selecting the proper material.


        79.

        THE HOW TO GUIDE TO BUILDING WITH STRAW BALES: POST & BEAM

        Andrew Morrison
        DVD

        Price: $39.99

        The How-to Guide to Building With Straw Bales (Post and Beam Infill) DVD covers post and beam construction using a structural support system in the home (typically wood), with straw bales as infill in…

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        The How-to Guide to Building With Straw Bales (Post and Beam Infill) DVD covers post and beam construction using a structural support system in the home (typically wood), with straw bales as infill insulation (nonstructural bales). In nearly three hours of instruction, this best-selling DVD walks you through the entire baling process of a post and beam home, step-by-step. You'll learn how to:

        • install toe-ups
        • properly set up your baling layout and bale walls (including inside and outside corners)
        • create niches, truth windows and window seats
        • work with tall walls, as well as rounded and straight edges
        • weedwhack your walls
        • apply welded wire mesh
        • work with electrical and plumbing systems in your walls
        • get your walls completely ready for the plastering process
        • and more!


        80.

        THE HOW TO GUIDE TO BUILDING WITH STRAW BALES: LOAD BEARING

        Andrew Morrison
        DVD

        Price: $39.99

        In the How-To Guide to Building With Straw Bales (Load Bearing) DVD, you'll discover how this form of construction uses the bales themselves as the structural element of the home. The roof sits direct…

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        In the How-To Guide to Building With Straw Bales (Load Bearing) DVD, you'll discover how this form of construction uses the bales themselves as the structural element of the home. The roof sits directly on the bale walls and the straw itself is load-bearing. Nearly two hours of instruction takes you through the entire process of building a load-bearing straw bale home in a day-by-day teaching format.

        The DVD shows in detail everything from creating a pad and pier raised floor foundation to installing toe-ups, baling the walls square and plumb, using the best strapping to pre-compress your walls, installing the rafters, attaching the roof sheathing, installing windows and doors, dealing with cabinetry installations, and much more.

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