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141.

ECOTHRIFTY

Deborah Niemann
Paperback

Price: $17.95

Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without - our grandmothers knew the importance of responsible, thrifty choices. But somewhere along the way we succumbed to the belief that we can get everyth…

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Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without - our grandmothers knew the importance of responsible, thrifty choices. But somewhere along the way we succumbed to the belief that we can get everything for next to nothing, have it shipped halfway around the world and then, more often than not, just throw it away.

This consumer binge is taking its toll. Diet and lifestyle-related illnesses are epidemic, our environment is awash in a sea of plastic, our climate is changing, and the cost of everything is skyrocketing with the price of oil. Are we doomed? No. We can make greener, healthier choices, and we can do it while saving money.

Where to start? Ecothrifty is packed with simple, practical ideas and recipes to help you:

  • Make homemade products for cleaning and skin care
  • Grow your own food and cook more from scratch
  • Raise your family without lowering your standards
A must-read for anyone who has ever wanted to live a greener life but thought that it would be too expensive, time-consuming or difficult, this handy, complete guide will show you how small changes can have a huge environmental impact and save you thousands of dollars, all while improving your quality of life.

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ROUTERS AND ROUTER TABLES

Randy Johnson
Paperback

Price: $19.95

Routers can do an amazing variety of tasks in the workshop, from shaping molding to cutting joinery, but which type is the best investment: trim router, plunge router, multi-base router?

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Routers can do an amazing variety of tasks in the workshop, from shaping molding to cutting joinery, but which type is the best investment: trim router, plunge router, multi-base router?

Along with shop-tested buying advice, Routers and Router Tables includes complete plans for four complete router tables and routing workstations, a spiffy router lift, plus several more auxiliary fences for special operations such as raising panels and jointing edges. Also included are dozens of proven shop tips and router table add-ons, illustrated with photos. A special section features amazing sliding dovetail joints, which can only be made on the router table.

As part of the Tool Smarts Series from American Woodworker, Routers and Router Tables is a must-have book for all woodworkers, regardless of skill level. It covers everything a woodworker needs to know about these important tools.

Want to read more? Preview this book: 8 Great Reasons to Own a Plunge Router.

143.

EDIBLE DIY

Lucy Baker
Paperback

Price: $19.00

Edible DIY may not be the first book for crafty cooks and burgeoning urban homesteaders, but it is the easiest. Based on the popular online Serious Eats column by the same name, Edible DIY includes 75…

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Edible DIY may not be the first book for crafty cooks and burgeoning urban homesteaders, but it is the easiest. Based on the popular online Serious Eats column by the same name, Edible DIY includes 75 recipes divided into five chapters: Crunchy; Boozy; Sweet; Spicy Condiments, Pickles and Snacks; and Jams, Jellies and Other Preserves. With plenty of packaging tips throughout, Edible DIY is the perfect solution for making inexpensive edible gifts in your own kitchen with everything from Peppermint Marshmallows and Coconut Granola to Homemade Sriracha and Espresso Barbeque Sauce. Inspirational full-color photography throughout illustrate the recipes.

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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.

145.

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.

146.

THE NATURAL SOAP CHEF

Heidi Corley Barto
Paperback

Price: $14.95

Soap is supposed to cleanse and soothe skin, but what's available in stores often just dries and irritates. With The Natural Soap Chef anyone can quickly learn how to make all-natural soaps that gentl…

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Soap is supposed to cleanse and soothe skin, but what's available in stores often just dries and irritates. With The Natural Soap Chef anyone can quickly learn how to make all-natural soaps that gently wash even the most sensitive skin. Not only are these soaps good for the body, they beautifully dress up any home with their delicious scents and colors. This book will show you the way your great-grandma made soap, by using the cold process method and the basic components of soap: lye and oil. With easy-to-follow instructions and photos that guarantee success, you'll be a soap-making expert in no time.

147.

SOCIAL VENTURE NETWORK HALL OF FAME

Bryan Welch
Hardcover

Price: $7.00

To celebrate Social Venture Network's 25th anniversary, this book honors 25 extraordinary leaders who radically changed the way we think about business and what we expect of business leaders and owner…

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To celebrate Social Venture Network's 25th anniversary, this book honors 25 extraordinary leaders who radically changed the way we think about business and what we expect of business leaders and owners.

The 2012 Hall of Fame Honorees include: Gary Hirshberg, George Siemon, Drew and Myra Goodman, Jeffrey Hollender, Eileen Fisher, Margot Fraser, Chip Conley, Bruce Poon Tip, Gary Erickson and Kit Crawford, Van Jones, Dolores Huerta, Al Fuller, Judy Wicks and Laury Hammel, Wayne Silby, Josh Mailman, Amy Domini, Muhammad Yunus, Joel Solomon and Carol Newell, Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, Linda Mason and Roger Brown, Bill Drayton, Bill and Lynne Twist, Cheryl Dorsey, Dame Anita Roddick, and Sir Richard Branson.

148.

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.

149.

JOY IN YOUR GARDEN

Joy Bissi & Karen Bastow
Paperback

Price: $16.99

With easy-to-learn tips and advice from experts Joy Bossi and Karen Bastow, Joy in Your Garden: A Seasonal Guide to Gardening will have you gardening in no time! Novice gardeners and natural green thu…

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With easy-to-learn tips and advice from experts Joy Bossi and Karen Bastow, Joy in Your Garden: A Seasonal Guide to Gardening will have you gardening in no time! Novice gardeners and natural green thumbs will learn to successfully garden in any season of the year. The expertise and wisdom provided in this book will help you master the art of gardening, from using the correct tools for your garden to choosing a ripe watermelon.

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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

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