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Bird Cloud: A Memoir of Place

by Annie Proulx

Part autobiography, part natural history, Bird Cloud is the glorious story of Annie Proulx's piece of the Wyoming landscape and her home there."Bird Cloud" is the name Annie Proulx gave to 640 acres of Wyoming wetlands and prairie and four-hundred-foot cliffs plunging down to the North Platte River. On the day she first visited, a cloud in the shape of a bird hung in the evening sky. Proulx also saw pelicans, bald eagles, golden eagles, great blue herons, ravens, scores of bluebirds, harriers, kestrels, elk, deer and a dozen antelope. She fell in love with the land, then owned by the Nature Conservancy, and she knew what she wanted to build on it--a house in harmony with her work, her appetites and her character, a library surrounded by bedrooms and a kitchen. Bird Cloud is the story of designing and constructing that house--with its solar panels, Japanese soak tub, concrete floor, and elk horn handles on kitchen cabinets. It is also an enthralling natural history and archaeology of the region--inhabited for millennia by Ute, Arapaho, and Shoshone Indians--and a family history, going back to nineteenth-century Mississippi riverboat captains and Canadian settlers. Proulx, a writer with extraordinary powers of observation and compassion, here turns her lens on herself. We understand how she came to be living in a house surrounded by wilderness, with shelves for thousands of books and long worktables on which to heap manuscripts, research materials and maps, and how she came to be one of the great American writers of her time.

Biscuit Joiner Project Book

by Jim Stack

Building furniture just got easier!If you're like most woodworkers, you're always looking for ways to save time. One of the best tools to deliver on that promise is the biscuit joiner. You may have heard that using biscuits, those little compressed wafers of wood, is a form of cheating. But it's not. Biscuits make strong joints and get the job done fast.Try any one of the attractive projects inside and you'll be amazed at how quick, easy and effective the joint-making process becomes. These 12 projects offer something for everyone, from a build-in-a-weekend cupboard to a white oak bookcase and an elegant tapered dresser.Best of all, many of the pieces have been adapted from traditional designs so you can make your favorite style of furniture with fewer hassles.Veteran cabinetmaker Jim Stack starts with the basics, and also includes dozens of additional tips on how to assure safe and accurate cuts, modify a design to fit your taste, correct mistakes and make the most of this versatile tool.Start this weekend! The biscuit joiner will reward you with great furniture - minus all the fuss.

The Biscuit Joiner Project Book

by Jim Stack

Building furniture just got easier! If you're like most woodworkers, you're always looking for ways to save time. One of the best tools to deliver on that promise is the biscuit joiner. You may have heard that using biscuits, those little compressed wafers of wood, is a form of cheating. But it's not. Biscuits make strong joints and get the job done fast. Try any one of the attractive projects inside and you'll be amazed at how quick, easy and effective the joint-making process becomes. These 12 projects offer something for everyone, from a build-in-a-weekend cupboard to a white oak bookcase and an elegant tapered dresser. Best of all, many of the pieces have been adapted from traditional designs so you can make your favorite style of furniture with fewer hassles. Veteran cabinetmaker Jim Stack starts with the basics, and also includes dozens of additional tips on how to assure safe and accurate cuts, modify a design to fit your taste, correct mistakes and make the most of this versatile tool. Start this weekend! The biscuit joiner will reward you with great furniture--minus all the fuss.

Black & Decker: The Complete Guide to Decks (Updated 4th Edition)

by Creative Publishing International

A deck is an excellent tool for extending the living space of your home into the outdoors while offering a good return on your investment. This book begins with a gallery of beautiful decks to help get your creative juices flowing. This fully revised and updated edition of The Complete Guide to Decks offers everything you'll need to design and build your dream deck correctly and safely -- the first time.

Black & Decker: The Complete Guide to Masonry and Stonework

by Creative Publishing International

Features all new, state-of-the-art information on decorative concrete finishes, including acid coloring, stamping, and using cementitious paints. Another new section shows easy methods for casting concrete in forms to create countertops, garden benches, and other accessories.

Black & Decker: The Complete Guide to Plumbing (Expanded 4th Edition)

by Creative Publishing International

Everything you need to know about plumbing. More complete than ever, this edition includes new material and revised information and is completely current with the 2006 Universal Plumbing Code. From basic repairs to advanced renovations, this is the only plumbing reference book a homeowner needs. And now, for the first time, The Complete Guide to Plumbing includes a comprehensive section on working with gas pipe. No other big book of plumbing for DIYers covers this important subject. Also new to this 4th edition is expansive coverage of PEX (cross-linked polyethylene), the bendable supply tubing that's taking over a major portion of the DIY market. And with the current popularity of outdoor kitchens, we've expanded our coverage of outdoor plumbing as well. Now, we'll show you every step of the process to supply and drain an outdoor sink.

Black Ops Bricks

by Nick Grant

Twenty of the coolest vehicles ever dreamed up, ready to come to life brick by brick!Black Ops Bricks reconstructs the finest military and spy jets, trucks, and ships ever built. Inside you'll find step-by-step, full-color illustrations showing you how to create the best and most badass military and special operations vehicles ever made. From smaller projects to the eight-hundred-plus-piece hovercraft, the twenty projects included will keep you busy for weeks, putting your brick-building skills to the test as you race to complete and test-drive a variety of fighter jets, helicopters, and much more.These aren't wimpy diplay models that have to be handled with white gloves once assembled. These are fully usable models. All parts of the models are accessible and playable; there's never a cockpit you can't open. And the projects are constructed to be fully customizable; stopping points indicate breaks in a project where builders can choose to continue building with only their imaginations and ingenuity to guide them.As a useful tool, each building guide is fully annotated to show exactly which pieces are used in each step. Following along as these projects move their way toward the fully operational finished project is as easy as ever, and the majority of pieces needed to bring these projects to life are commonly available bricks, with piece substitutions offered to replace hard-to-find bricks.

Blowguns and Bouncing Pigs: Traditional Toymaking

by Inc. Foxfire Fund

The Foxfire Americana Library takes you back to the good ol' days with a collection of simple, classic toys that can be made at home. Complete with illustrated step-by-step instructions, "Blowguns and Bouncing Pigs" includes advice on how to make: Ball and CupsBlowgunsBouncing PigsBows and ArrowsBubble BlowersBull GrindersButtons on a StringClimbing BearsCorn GunsCornstalk AnimalsCornstalk FiddleApple-head DollsCucumber DollsFluttermillsFly GunsHoopsJumping JacksKicking MulesLimberjacksPop GunsPuzzlesRattletrapsRolling ClownsSling ShotsSmoke GrindersSquirt GunsStick HorsesStiltsGrapevine SwingsRope SwingsTops or DancersWhimmy Diddles or Jeep SticksHollow WhistlesSplit WhistlesWhittled Animals

Blowguns and Bouncing Pigs: Traditional Toymaking

by Inc. Foxfire Fund

The Foxfire Americana Library takes you back to the good ol' days with a collection of simple, classic toys that can be made at home. Complete with illustrated step-by-step instructions, "Blowguns and Bouncing Pigs" includes advice on how to make: Ball and CupsBlowgunsBouncing PigsBows and ArrowsBubble BlowersBull GrindersButtons on a StringClimbing BearsCorn GunsCornstalk AnimalsCornstalk FiddleApple-head DollsCucumber DollsFluttermillsFly GunsHoopsJumping JacksKicking MulesLimberjacksPop GunsPuzzlesRattletrapsRolling ClownsSling ShotsSmoke GrindersSquirt GunsStick HorsesStiltsGrapevine SwingsRope SwingsTops or DancersWhimmy Diddles or Jeep SticksHollow WhistlesSplit WhistlesWhittled Animals

Blue & White Japan

by Yutaka Satoh Amy Slyvester Katoh

This delightful book shows that wherever it is used, the creative juxtaposition of blue and white provides both visual nourishment and spiritual balm. From the ephemeral beauty of a wind-blown noren curtain to the powerful geometry of zabuton cushions, to the calming symmetry of a soba cup - whether new or old, homely or sophisticated - all of these objects convey a lyrical message that speaks to our senses, inspiring us to seek out new ways to collect, create, and live with Japanese blue & white

Blueprint Reading for Plumbers in Residential & Commercial (Blueprint Reading Series)

by Bartholomew D'Arcangelo J. Russell Guest Benedict D'Arcangelo

Blueprint Reading For Plumbers provides instructional material for plumbing and pipe fitting students who must develop the ability to interpret trade blueprints and to plan the installation of the required plumbing. This is accompanied by reference to the Building Officials and Code Administrators (BOCA) plumbing code for pipe size and material as well as acceptable fittings and fixtures. This revision brings the study up to date in code, pipe and fitting materials, and in fixture designs.

Bokashi Composting

by Adam Footer

Bokashi composting relies on anaerobic fermentation in a closed system to recycle food waste in your kitchen, garage or apartment. Unlike conventional composting, the bokashi method can break down heavier items like meat, fish and cheese, and usually takes no more than two weeks. From scraps to soil, Bokashi Composting is a complete, step-by-step, do-it-yourself guide to this amazing process.

Bonsai

by Peter Chan

For everyone from beginners to masters, the one essential book to growing, grooming, and caring for your bonsai tree.Bonsai is the ancient craft of carefully regulating the growth and shape of trees in order to produce miniature versions of mature trees. Dating back over one thousand years to ancient Japan, bonsai trees are some of the most beautiful and meticulously looked-after plants in the world, and in recent years bonsai have exploded in popularity in the Western world.Bonsai, written by world-renowned bonsai expert Peter Chan, is the essential compendium for anyone interested in trying out bonsai for the first time or adding more bonsai to their existing collections, detailing everything you need to know about buying and maintaining a magnificent bonsai tree, including: How to pick the right bonsai for you Tools and supplies to ensure your bonsai prospers How to shape your bonsai into different styles How different pots affect the growth of your bonsai And much more!With hundreds of color photographs and easy-to-read directions and explanations on a variety of subjects, Bonsai is the only book you'll ever need to successfully start and maintain your own beautiful bonsai tree collection.

Bonsai: The Art of Dwarfing Trees

by Ann Kimball Pipe

This book offers to the beginner the basic foundations for Bonsai, and for growing plants in pots. The book covers topics such as finding suitable trees, potting, watering, trimming, plant health, and much more. There is a separate section for discussing the shaping of different bonsais into the beautiful shapes. The book also offers a fairly good list of plants to try for planting as bonsai.

The Bonsai Bible

by Peter Chan

The Japanese and Chinese have been creating bonsai trees for centuries and it is now an internationally popular pastime. This compact and stylish guide will provide everything you need to know to grow bonsai successfully, including shaping with wires, watering, seasonal maintenance, tackling common ailments, choosing the right container, feeding and repotting. A directory of over 90 of the most popular species, illustrated with beautiful photographs, will enable you to find the tree that is right for you.

Bonsai: Culture and Care of Miniature Trees

by Sunset Publishing Staff

To evoke the spirit of nature--that is the essence of bonsai. What place in nature is special to you? A spot under a blossoming cherry tree? A moss-carpeted forest? A pine-studded mountain crag? Your own bonsai can take you to that place. The first section of this book is for inspiration, to give you a feeling of the spirit of nature reflected in the art that is bonsai. The second section gives you the hands-in-the-dirt instructions that will bring that spirit of nature alive for you.

Boogers, Witches, and Haints: Appalachian Ghost Stories

by Inc. Foxfire Fund

A collection of spine-tingling Appalachian ghost stories and tall tales passed down from generation to generation. Whether they tell of faucets that drip blood, monster catfish that lurk at the bottom of quarries, or strange lights on the mountaintop, these stories will make you--like the people who are sharing them--question what you believe.

Boogers, Witches, and Haints: Appalachian Ghost Stories

by Inc. Foxfire Fund

A collection of spine-tingling Appalachian ghost stories and tall tales passed down from generation to generation. Whether they tell of faucets that drip blood, monster catfish that lurk at the bottom of quarries, or strange lights on the mountaintop, these stories will make you--like the people who are sharing them--question what you believe.

The Book of Forgotten Crafts

by Paul Felix Sian Ellis Tom Quinn

This title reveals the fascinating history of British craftsmanship in a series of interviews with leading crafters at work in Britain today. Many crafts survive in the hands of just a few individuals whose rare skills date back as far as 1,000 years. They are part of our history, part of a past of craftsmanship, skill and attention to detail that most of us probably thought had vanished forever. It features such people as the trug maker, cricket bat maker, thatcher, hurdle maker and a rope maker. It also includes the mentors from the Mastercrafts series. "The Book of Forgotten Crafts" records and celebrates the best of these ancient crafts, before they disappear and, more importantly, to record the lives of the crafters themselves.

Book of Forgotten Crafts

by Paul Felix Tom Quinn

"Over the last years the interest in traditional trades and crafts grew constantly. People are looking for sustainability and a more rewarding and fulfilling lifestyle. The Book of Forgotten Crafts matches those interests and reveals the fascinating history of British craftsmanship in a series of interviews with leading crafters at work in Britain today."

The Book of Kale and Friends

by Sharon Hanna Carol Pope

Following the success of her bestseller, The Book of Kale, Sharon Hanna is back, teaming up with gardening editor Carol Pope, for even more fun with kale in The Book of Kale and Friends. There are good reasons why the Kale Revolution is growing--this humble leafy green is one of the healthiest vegetables on earth, it thrives in winter and sweetens in the cold, it self-seeds, its flowers sustain bees, and it's so easy to grow you will feel like a master gardener with almost no effort. With the seemingly limitless ways to enjoy this superfood--kale salad, kale chips, kale pizza, kale soup, kale pesto, and even kale cookies--one book just wasn't enough.Kale, available in so many gorgeous varieties, grows well in pots, and anyone with a balcony, back porch or limited outdoor space can access fresh, tender leaves year-round. In addition to more tips on kale cultivation, Sharon and Carol invite readers to branch out with thirteen other superfood crops that are equally easy to grow, as well as nutritious and versatile in the kitchen. With advice on growing and using arugula, basil, chives, cilantro/coriander, herb fennel, garlic, kale, lovage, mint, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage and thyme, readers can save hundreds of dollars a year on grocery bills.After the garden is planted, celebrate with over 130 recipes, including Kale Cilantro Chimichurri, Potato-Crusted Kale and Smoked Salmon Tart, and Kalelicious Chocolate Cake. With abundant vegetarian, vegan and glutenfree options, The Book of Kale and Friends has something to please everyone. Even the family pooch is invited to enjoy the healthy harvest with Kale Doggy Biscotti!

The Book of Topiary

by W. Gibson Charles H. Curtis

Topiary, the art of trimming hedges, shrubs, and trees into ornamental shapes, is perhaps the most distinct and fascinating branch of landscape horticulture.Its best known example, the palace gardens of Versailles, stands as a splendid monument to perfection, but today many a finely clipped privet and sheared yew are to be found in the humbler gardens of rural England. This book, first published in 1904, is a classic in the subject, written by two foremost experts of the day: Charles H. Curtis, a Fellow of the Royal Horticultural Society and formerly at Kew Gardens near London, and W. Gibson, head gardener of one of the finest topiary gardens in Britain at Levens Hall. Gibson here draws on a wealth of practical experience to provide sound advice to aspiring topiarists. His practical sections include The Formation of a Topiary Garden, Planting, and TheTraining of Young Trees. Curtis traces the long history of topiary from itsearly origins in ancient Greece. As Homer's description (rendered by Pope) has it: Here interwoven branches form a wall, And from the living fence green turrets rise; There ships of myrtle sail in seas of box; A green encampment yonder meets the eye. The 1500s saw the dawn of the "golden age" of topiary. It extravagances were manifold and characterized the gardens walked by Elizabeth I,Shakespeare, and Raleigh. The extraordinary hedge labyrinth in the grounds of Hampton Court survives today for the pleasure and delight of countless visitors.Any fashion taken to excess leads to an inevitable reaction; and so it was that topiary became the butt of the eighteenth critics. Addison and Pope employed their razor wit in its ridicule. The humor of Pope's satirical description is hard to escape: "St. George in box; his arm scarce long enough, will be in condition to stick the dragon by next April. . . . A quickset hog, shot up into a porcupine, by its being forgot a week in rainy weather." This century has seen a welcome revival of the art. Wealthy patrons of horticulture have laid outtopiary gardens, designed to be in harmony with their formal surroundings and with the natural features of the grounds. There are also many private enthusiasts who, inspired by the feats of the masters, skillfully train their garden hedges into spirals, serpentine columns, and even spires topped by peacocks. Here then is an intriguing read on a too little known subject. The numerous illustrations included add to the interest, and practical instructionsare offered for those tempted to take up the scissors.

Borders, Frames and Decorative Motifs from the 1862 Derriey Typographic Catalog

by Charles Derriey

In the mid-19th century, typefounders plied their trade with an extraordinary exuberance, creating a new and dazzling range of typefaces and ornamentation that in sheer versatility, ornate beauty, and sumptuousness remain unsurpassed. Today, as never before, their work is sought by artists, designers, and craftspeople for its elegance, expressiveness, and ability to command attention.This unique volume contains the work of one of the most celebrated typefounders of that glorious era in type design: Charles Derriey, who, from his Parisian foundry, fed the Victorians' insatiable appetite for decoration and embellishment with a truly fabulous assortment of display types and printers' ornaments. The 113 plates reprinted here from his 1862 typographic catalog include over 2,500 royalty-free type forms and ornamental designs.Here is an incredibly rich source of intricately ornamented typefaces along with an eye-catching array of vignettes (dingbats, headpieces, tailpieces, etc.), rules, flourishes, corner elements, and much more, including a wide selection of Victorian frames and border material. Leaf through it and you will find it to be not only a fascinating presentation of type design, but also an extensive sampler of Victorian ornamentation -- a valuable reference book and source of royalty-free graphics, sturdily yet inexpensively produced, that will offer you years of inspiration, enjoyment, and practical use.

Botanic Gardens

by Sarah Rutherford

Across the world there are more than a thousand botanical gardens, which combine scientific research, conservation and beauty with public access - Kew Gardens alone attracts around one million visitors a year. Their uses have varied through history - they might focus on cultivating exotic plants and produce; be honed to commercial ends (introducing lucrative plant crops such as tea and rubber to new countries); center on preserving collections of international plants; focus on scientific classification and research - or combine of all these things. Sarah Rutherford here tells the story of these diverse gardens in Britain and around the world, from their beginnings in the sixteenth century to their long heyday in the last three hundred years. She explains the design of the gardens, the architecture employed, the personalities and institutions that established and contributed to them, their important role in research and conservation, and what makes them so appealing to the millions of visitors they attract.

Botanical Illustration: The Essential Reference

by Carol Belanger Grafton

Comprising more than 500 years of printed botanical illustrations, this stunning compendium of black-and-white and color images begins with medieval illuminated manuscripts and woodcuts from the early days of printing. In addition to images from the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, the collection features highlights from such seventeenth-century classics as Gerard's Herbal, Besler's Hortus Eystettensis, and Crispin van de Pass' Hortus Floridus. Latter-day selections include illustrations from major nineteenth-century works -- including the great flower prints of Pierre-Joseph Redouté and hand-colored lithographs by many other artists of the period -- as well as the imaginative twentieth-century floral work in the Art Nouveau style of M. P. Verneuil, E. A. Seguy, and others.Detailed bibliographical information concerning every source and biographical information on the artists make this volume a vital reference tool as well as a splendid resource of significant and beautiful botanical illustrations. Students of graphic art and illustration as well as graphic designers, advertising professionals, and horticulturalists will prize this treasury of material from many rare historic sources.

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