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GROW YOUR HANDMADE BUSINESS

Kari Chapin
Paperback

Price: $16.95

Are you ready to make a living from your craft? Applying her trademark "you-can-do-it" coaching style to the nuts and bolts of business planning, Kari Chapin covers all of the issues involved in turni…

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Are you ready to make a living from your craft? Applying her trademark "you-can-do-it" coaching style to the nuts and bolts of business planning, Kari Chapin covers all of the issues involved in turning your creative hobby into a successful business--from mapping out a business plan to expanding production and distribution, finding funding, and addressing legal matters. With this definitive guide, you'll discover how to grow your business beyond the dining room table and finally quit your day job.


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BUILD YOUR OWN BEEKEEPING EQUIPMENT

Tony Pisano
Paperback

Price: $19.95

Beekeeping equipment is expensive, but it's easy to make your own! Tony Pisano's step-by-step illustrated instructions show you how to build everything you need, including hive bodies, supers, covers,…

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Beekeeping equipment is expensive, but it's easy to make your own! Tony Pisano's step-by-step illustrated instructions show you how to build everything you need, including hive bodies, supers, covers, hive stands, frames, swarm catchers, feeders, and more. You can choose among different hive styles, and many of the 35 projects can be made using hand tools.


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CROCHET ONE-SKEIN WONDERS

Judith Durant and Edie Eckman
Paperback

Price: $18.95

Finally, a One-Skein Wonders book just for crocheters! In Crochet One-Skein Wonders, Judith Durant and Edie Eckman offer 101 great crochet projects, from jewelry and scarves to bags, hats, dresses, an…

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Finally, a One-Skein Wonders book just for crocheters! In Crochet One-Skein Wonders, Judith Durant and Edie Eckman offer 101 great crochet projects, from jewelry and scarves to bags, hats, dresses, and home décor items. Each project uses just one skein of yarn. Whatever your experience level, you'll find something here to delight you!


44.

THE HOME APOTHECARY

Stacey Dugliss-Wesselman
Paperback

Price: $24.99

With the resurgence of small-batch, locally crafted boutiques and brands that mimic heritage brand ideals, today's consumers are looking for a product with an emphasis on locally sourced production an…

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With the resurgence of small-batch, locally crafted boutiques and brands that mimic heritage brand ideals, today's consumers are looking for a product with an emphasis on locally sourced production and ingredients. They are already stocking their pantries and fridges with natural, whole foods and relying on real ingredients for better health. The Home Apothecary offers fresh ideas for caring for the body on the outside, too. It features a bounty of recipes: more than 75 original, natural and absolutely chemical-free body care products from face masks to bug repellent to soothing lotions. Author Stacey Dugliss-Wesselman, who launched a line of nationally recognized green-luxury beauty and home goods, in this book teaches formulas in such a way that readers will soon be experimenting on their own.


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THE SUGARMAKER'S COMPANION

Michael Farrell
Paperback

Price: $39.95

The Sugarmaker's Companion is the comprehensive guide that small-and large-scale syrup producers have been waiting for in their quest to create a profitable business model. Author Michael Farrell docu…

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The Sugarmaker's Companion is the comprehensive guide that small-and large-scale syrup producers have been waiting for in their quest to create a profitable business model. Author Michael Farrell documents the untapped potential of American forests and shows how sugaring can turn a substantial profit for farmers while providing tremendous enjoyment and satisfaction.

Farrell, sugarmaker and director of the Uihlein Forest at Cornell University, incorporates the wisdom of traditional sugarmaking with the value of modern technology (such as reverse-osmosis machines and vacuum tubing). His balanced view of the industry offers a realistic picture of how modern technology can be beneficial-economically and environmentally.

The first book of its kind, The Sugarmaker's Companion includes:

  • A focus on maple syrup as a healthy, local, sustainably produced alternative to corn syrup and other highly processed artificial sweeteners
  • Discussions about organic certification, sugarhouse registration, and the new international grading system
  • Information on marketing to create a profitable business model based on scale, interest, access and more
  • Detailed analyses of the economics of buying and selling sap
  • Information on ways to process and market other tree saps, including birch and walnut
  • Ways to enhance diversity in the sugarbush and interplant understory crops for value-added products, such as ginseng, goldenseal and mushrooms
  • An economic analysis of utilizing maple trees for syrup or sawtimber production.

In addition, readers and sugarmakers will learn plenty of practical, how-to skills, such as:

  • If, and on what scale, syrup production is right for them
  • How to find trees for tapping
  • The essentials of sap collection
  • The art and science of sugarmaking
  • How to build community through syrup production
  • Valuable information on ecological forest management and value-added products

Appealing to foresters, organic farmers with woodlands, homesteaders, preppers, permaculture enthusiasts, and, of course, sugarmakers, this book is applicable to a wide range of climates and regions, and is sure to change the conversation around syrup production and prove invaluable for both home-scale and commercial sugarmakers alike. This is a unique guide to making an integrated sugaring operation, interconnected to the whole-farm system, woodland and community.


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TOPSY-TURVY INSIDE-OUT KNIT TOYS

Susan B. Anderson
Paperback

Price: $17.95

Susan B. Anderson's fifth book, her most enchanting yet, turns the spotlight on "reversibles": knitted projects that are two toys in one. Topsy-Turvy Inside-Out Knit Toys offers a a dozen delightful …

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Susan B. Anderson's fifth book, her most enchanting yet, turns the spotlight on "reversibles": knitted projects that are two toys in one. Topsy-Turvy Inside-Out Knit Toys offers a a dozen delightful toys, including a dog in a doghouse, a chrysalis with a fluttery surprise inside, a tiny hidden fairy, a vintage toy with a fabled theme to boot, pigs in a blanket, and much more.

The adorable photographic sequences and the playful and energetic line drawings show how each finished reversible can be turned inside out to reveal its companion toy. Projects are arranged in order from simplest (fine for a beginner) to the most challenging. Finally, the book features tutorials from the author (a great knitting teacher), explaining special techniques: how to apply any appliqué, how to do the stem stitch, how to embroider "eyes" on the Bunny and Lamb, and 14 more. It all adds up to the best knitting book of the season.


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SPRUCE: A STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE TO UPHOLSTERY AND DESIGN

Amanda Brown
Hardcover

Price: $35.00

Spruce: A Step-by-Step Guide to Upholstery and Design is the only book you'll need to learn the craft and art of upholstery from start to finish. With clear instructions illustrated by more than 900 s…

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Spruce: A Step-by-Step Guide to Upholstery and Design is the only book you'll need to learn the craft and art of upholstery from start to finish. With clear instructions illustrated by more than 900 step-by-step photographs, the five projects included here are designed to teach all of the techniques and skills you need to reupholster any piece of furniture to suit your own taste and style.


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RESIDENTIAL FRAMING: A HOMEBUILDER'S CONSTRUCTION GUIDE

William P. Spence
Paperback

Price: $21.95

Here's everything you need to construct the home of your dreams!

Use Residential Framing: A Homebuilder's Construction Guide as your guide to becoming your own general contractor, or use …

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Here's everything you need to construct the home of your dreams!

Use Residential Framing: A Homebuilder's Construction Guide as your guide to becoming your own general contractor, or use this massive source to keep up with what's going on if you hire workmen to do the job. Every stage of construction receives careful, clear instructions. Whether it's the foundation, walls, floors, windows, doors or roof, author William Spence fully explains everything - even interior and exterior finishing. Hundreds of photos, diagrams and illustrations cover every step:

  • framing materials
  • framing systems
  • floor framing
  • wall and partition framing
  • ceiling and roof
  • post, plank and beam construction
This thorough work also includes complete details for common rafters, hip and valley rafters, and dormers, as well as shed, flat, gambrel and mansard roofs. A variety of door and window styles is offered, as is your choice of exteriors, including solid wood, hardboard, plywood, wood shingles, aluminum siding, vinyl and masonry.

You also get special tips on interior trims, stairs, porches and decks. There's even a detailed section on the power tools you'll need, how to set up your own on-site shop, and how to be your own full-time safety supervisor.


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THE NEW CIDER MAKER'S HANDBOOK

Claude Jolicoeur
Hardcover

Price: $44.95

All around the world, the public's taste for fermented cider has been growing more rapidly than at any time in the past 150 years. And with the growing interest in locally grown and artisanal foods, m…

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All around the world, the public's taste for fermented cider has been growing more rapidly than at any time in the past 150 years. And with the growing interest in locally grown and artisanal foods, many new cideries are springing up all over North America, often started up by passionate amateurs who want to take their cider to the next level as small-scale craft producers.

To make the very best cider-whether for yourself, your family, and friends or for market-you first need a deep understanding of the processes involved, and the art and science behind them. Fortunately, The New Cider Maker's Handbook is here to help. Author Claude Jolicoeur is an internationally known, award-winning cider maker with an inquiring, scientific mind. His book combines the best of traditional knowledge and techniques with up-to-date, scientifically based practices to provide today's cider makers with all the tools they need to produce high-quality ciders.

The New Cider Maker's Handbook is divided into five parts containing:

  • An accessible overview of the cider-making process for beginners
  • Recommendations for selecting and growing cider-appropriate apples
  • Information on juice-extraction equipment and directions on how to build your own grater mill and cider press
  • A discussion of the most important components of apple juice and how these may influence the quality of the cider
  • An examination of the fermentation process and a description of methods used to produce either dry or naturally sweet cider, still or sparkling cider, and even ice cider
This book will appeal to both serious amateurs and professional cider makers who want to increase their knowledge, as well as to orchardists who want to grow cider apples for local or regional producers. Novices will appreciate the overview of the cider-making process, and, as they develop skills and confidence, the more in-depth technical information will serve as an invaluable reference that will be consulted again and again. This book is sure to become the definitive modern work on cider making.


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PROJECTS TO GET YOU OFF THE GRID

Edited by Noah Weinstein
Paperback

Price: $14.95

With Projects to Get You Off the Grid, the Instructables community of do-it-yourselfers have pooled their knowledge into a compact book focused on a series of projects that will get you thinking creat…

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With Projects to Get You Off the Grid, the Instructables community of do-it-yourselfers have pooled their knowledge into a compact book focused on a series of projects that will get you thinking creatively about thinking green. This collection of 20 projects illustrate just how simple it can be to make your own backyard chicken coop, or turn a wine barrel into a rainwater collector.

Illustrated with dozens of full-color photographs per project as well as easy-to-follow instructions, this Instructables collection uses the best that the online community has to offer, turning a far-reaching group of people into a mammoth database churning out ideas to make life better, easier, and in this case, greener.

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