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Paperback Foxfire 5 : Ironmaking, Blacksmithing, Flintlock Rifles, Bear Hunting Book

ISBN: 0385143087

ISBN13: 9780385143080

Foxfire 5 : Ironmaking, Blacksmithing, Flintlock Rifles, Bear Hunting

(Book #5 in the The Foxfire Series Series)

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First published in 1972, The Foxfire Book was a surprise bestseller that brought Appalachia's philosophy of simple living to hundreds of thousands of readers. Whether you wanted to hunt game, bake the old-fashioned way, or learn the art of successful moonshining, The Foxfire Museum and Heritage Center had a contact who could teach you how with clear, step-by-step instructions. The fifth Foxfire volume includes rain-making, blacksmithing, bear hunting,...

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Foxfire 5

This book was OUTSTANDING!!! It gave a brief history of making iron from iron ore (smelting/forging) and it also delved into blacksmithing to a large extent. It was chock fulla goodies. I love the folklore books anyhow and this was right up my alley.


As one reviewer has pointed out, there are more words in this one, and less pictures than previous works. This work, Volume V, is like the others. A wonderful history of how it was. In this day and age of having most needs meet and something for everyone on the Wal-mart shelf, we tend to forget just what it was like in our not too distant past. These books, the Foxfire books, brings to light skills, attitudes and a way of life that is all but forgotten. This is a good thing. When a people lose their history, they lose part of their soul. As the title of this work states, from blacksmithing to rain making,this work addresses many of the old forgotten skills and there is so much more. The editors have done a wonderful job. They have made a very honest effort to replicate the dialect of those places and times and I feel that this is a big part of the charm of these books. I am old enough to have known many of the kinds of folks featured in these books, being only one generation past them, and have a great appreciation for what and how they did all the little things we take so for granted now. I might also suggest that you actually try some of the things mentioned in these volumes. It will give you even more of an appreciation for what they did, and hey, who knows, the skill you develope just might come in handy one of these days! Recommend this and the other Foxfire books highly.

Foxfire 5 is excellent.

The information contained within Foxfire 5 has come in handy for Duane many a times for learning how to do stuff. Most of the old methods are now lost to the current generation of Americans. It is a good reference for someone who wants to learn hands-on skills, such as blacksmithing and other independent living skills.

As always, a pleasure to read and apply

One of our nation's treasures is being lost one person at a time, and because of Eliot Wigginton, at least some of the treasure is being documented. The people of Appalachia have been marginalized and treated as backwoods hicks and hillbillies, only because of their poverty. That is what makes the richness of their culture all the more amazing. These people live on what an average family throws away every day. They're frugal, resourceful, and highly intelligent. This book only serves to prove it. If you haven't spent time with hill people, your live is incomplete.

A Must For Hacker Martin Fans

If you need info on Hacker Martin, the famous gunmaker, this is the book!
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