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Preface; Part I. The Hermitage: 1. The hermitage; 2. The thatcher; 3. Thatching the hermitage; Part II. Stone-Work: 4. The kindest stone; 5. Quarrying roof stone; 6. Slatting the roof; 7. Regional stone roofs; 8. The quarryman; 9. Dry stone-walling; 10. Stone-breaking; Part III. Timber: 11. The hedger; 12. A bodger of the beech-woods; 13. The saw-pit; 14. Adze, Axe and Auger; Part IV. The Life of the Fields - I: 15. Threshing; 16. The waggon-team; 17. Ploughing; Part V. The Life of the Fields - II: 18. Sowing; 19. reaping; 20. The cow-yard; Part VI. Shepherding: 21. Shepherd's gear; 22. The shepherd's rise and fall; 23. Sheep-shearing; 24. The old shepherd; Part VII. The Craftswoman; Section 1. Lace: 25 The lace-maker; 26. Bobbins and pillow; 27. Making bucks point; Section 2. Gloves: 28. Gloveing; 29. The glover; Part VIII. Straw and Basket Work: 30. The dolly; 31. The deerhurst basket; 32. A basket-maker and his family; 33. Cultivating the rods; 34. Making the basket; Part IX. The Fireplace: 35. Home-made; 36. The kitchen; 37. Sixty years ago; 38. Kitchen things; Part X. Conclusion: 39. Rural regeneration; 40. 'Bygones'; Inventory of the objects in the hermitage mentioned in the text; Index.

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This 1939 volume provides a rich and detailed description of traditional agricultural husbandry and the rural crafts inseparable from it.


'One book that should not be missed by anyone even vaguely interested in tool history.' Craft Magazine

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