Legally I have to tell you if I have received the product or any compensation for writing this review. This product was received without charge to myself, it was received as a gift without the need to review. I am choosing to review it because it is simply THAT DANG GOOD!
Everyone enjoys having knowledge that others deem to be special, necessary or unique. Some of us understand that the knowledge necessary to start a fire with sticks or rocks is something most humans do not have anymore. In fact, even our military elite cannot survive without their massive supply chains and chemically stable Meals Ready to Eat. The Lost Ways is a book, that does something many other books have tried to do, but in an extremely well put together package bound together in a way most books haven’t been in decades now.
As an avid reader and practitioner of many lost arts, I can honestly say that I have read so many “survival” books that I have become jaded with them. I own and can recommend the following books, all of which offer something special for your use! Off Grid and free by Ron Melchiore, Basic Butchering of Livestock and Game by John Mettler, Emp-Hardened Radio Communications by William Prepperdoc, The Prepper’s Guide to Surviving TEOTWAKI by our M.D. Creekmore, Beekeeping for Beginners by Aileen Brosnan, Foraging for Beginners by Kenneth Miller, Beekeeping: A beginner’s guide to beekeeping by Nancy Ross, The Working Chicken by Anna Hess, Solar Power Demystified, Medicinal Plants by Nathan Sempers, Preparedness Gardening by Jeff Fry and many more some older than the United States!
Among these books are my favorites, the Foxfire series is hands down the single most important series of books anyone can have, who is truly serious about their desire to emulate the old ways in their homestead. (They now have a 45th-anniversary single book combining some of the many things into one).
This being said, if you could only have one book to help you remember many very important things that would allow you to continue living a life of relative happiness and prosperity regardless what may happen in the world; that book would be The Lost Ways. This book is not carried in paperback on Amazon except by some entrepreneurs who have it listed for $90+ which given the information included is not a terrible deal.
What this book does is guide you through the more advanced aspects of frontier living. It will not teach you 5 ways to build a fire or 150 knots every boy scout should learn! In this respect, I can easily see this book becoming my chief go to for the more involved aspects of long-term water storage without modern chemicals or making the perfect long-term survival foods. This book will fill the need for a basic guide to edible/medicinal plants and includes the “folk remedies” as suggestions as well as the proven benefits to suit all flavors in approach! It won’t show you the best techniques for skinning a deer but it does guide you through tanning it, and then how to make charcoal as well!
This is a book for the individual who already has some basic knowledge and or a small library or access to basic knowledge. It is my strict opinion as someone who has done many of the things that are outlined in this book, and in many cases searched for years to gather the information for things like pemmican balls and smokehouses; this book gathers many of those things together into an easy to read option for your consumption. It does all of this without pretentious airs and honestly bullshit claims of being the only way like so many others do. Rather, the book itself is presented in a well-made book that will stand the rigors of use and time and easily be passed down to loved ones.
My favorites parts of this book include information I can verify as valid because I have used it myself for years. “How to sharpen a blade like a samurai”, “How to make hardtack biscuits”, “how to render lard”, “how to make activated charcoal pills”, “how to make gunpowder the old-fashioned way.” Are all amazing bits of information with detailed explanations and practiced uses! Each one of these approaches works and works well. This is an amazing book that is easily worth the $22 it costs, for myself it is a book I can gift to others and am planning on doing so this Christmas season.
Now for the downside, and there is one! Some of the information is somewhat incomplete, going from hunting a deer to tanning the hide and missing the skinning portion for instance. Or trapping, beaver and muskrat but leaving out the fact that using the same traps and similar but dry land methodology you can trap hares, rabbits, squirrels, fox, coyotes and more. These are minor issues, after all it is a single book and I’ve never found a single volume of any literary type that successfully covers the entirety of the subject at hand without being simply too large or absolutely impossible to read, (ie., War and Peace). This being said, I can easily recommend the purchase of this book and in fact would go so far as to suggest purchasing two, one for reading and absorbing and one for the shelf.
So there you have it, my review this week and one I am truly happy to be doing! If you’re interested in getting your own copy of The Lost Ways then you can find out more at the author’s website here.
Free the mind and the body will follow