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Adaptogenia by Wayne Wightman personal collection
And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell library book
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Corona Centurion™ by Terry Bisson personal collection
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A Field Guide to Monsters by Johan Olander library book
Grey Seas Under by Farley Mowat bookcrossing
Grimm's Grimmest by Tracy Arah Dockray bookcrossing
Grumpy Cat by Britta Teckentrup personal collection
Handy Farm Devices and How to Make Them by Rolfe Cobleigh bookcrossing
Harriet's Recital by Nancy Carlton personal collection
I Feel Skitty by Tracey West personal collection
Kin by Holly Black review copy
The Loved One by Evelyn Waugh bookcrossing
Mama, Don't Go by Rebecca Wells library book
No, Never! by Sally O. Lee review copy
Oh, the Things I Know! by Al Franken bookcrossing
Over Sea, Under Stone by Susan Cooper library book
Paradiso Lost by Albert E. Cowdrey personal collection
Project Anastrophe by George Karnikis review copy
The Publishing Game: Publish a Book in 30 Days by Fern Reiss bookcrossing
The Shipwreck of a Nation by H Peter Nennhaus review copy
Skim by Mariko Tamaki review copy
Sooner or Later or Never Never by Gary Jennings personal collection
Talk to the Hand by Lynne Truss bookcrossing
The Thirteenth Tale by Dianne Setterfield bookcrossing
The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop by Lewis Buzbee bookcrossing
The Yiddish Policemen's Union by Michael Chabon library book
Yoko Writes Her Name by Rebecca Wells library book



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Comments for Handy Farm Devices and How to Make Them

Handy Farm Devices and How to Make ThemHandy Farm Devices and How to Make Them: 08/07/09

Published originally in 1909 and reissued in 1996, Handy Farm Devices and How to Make Them by Rolfe Cobleigh was once a helpful how-to manual on the basics of running a homestead. It's now an interesting look back in time for the most part.

The book was reissued by James R. Babb when he decided to give up urban life for something far more rural. He needed something to guide him and Hand Farm Devices... was one of the books he found. Thinking that there might be other ex-urbanites looking for some help and guidance he got the book back into print.

Handy Farm Devices has ten sections:
1. Workshop and Tools
2. The Steel Square
3. In and Around the House
4. Barns and Stock
5. Poultry and Bees
6. Garden and Orchard
7. Field and Wood
8. Gates and Doors
9. When We Build
10. Worth Knowing

At the time I was reading the book I was also reading Little Heathens and Angels of Morgan Hill. Handy Farm Devices... helped me put both these books into perspective.

People living in rural areas or who have space to build things will get the most out of the book. Authors who are researching turn of the last century farm life will also benefit.

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