Crafts and Skills

Crafts and Skills

These are Shell Book titles in English relating to crafts.


A Bottle-top Fish Scaler Updated
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This is a very simple way of making a tool to scrape the scales off a fish before cooking. It just needs a piece of wood and some bottle tops.

A Recipe for Wheat Bread Updated
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This describes how to make leavened bread using flour and yeast.

A Simple Chicken-feeder Updated
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This explains how to make a simple chicken feeder from a plastic bucket or similar container.

A Tough Doormat Updated
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How to make a doormat from bottle tops.

A Useful Fly Trap Updated
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How to make a fly trap for the home from two plastic bottles.

Bamboo Water Pipes Updated
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How to construct a water pipeline from bamboo.

Banana Chips Updated
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This booklet describes how to make banana chips using either fried or dried banana chips.

Bicycle Maintenance, Book 1 Updated
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How to put oil on the right places and prevent a bicycle becoming rusty.

Bicycle Maintenance, Book 2 Updated
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Mending a flat tyre.

Bicycle Maintenance, Book 3 Updated
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All about the chain.

Bicycle Maintenance, Book 4 Updated
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How to adjust the brakes.

Bicycle Maintenance, Book 5 Updated
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Safety, comfort and light repairs.

Breeze Blocks Updated
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Building blocks made from sand and cement can be used as an alternative to bricks. They are known as "Breeze Blocks".

Building with Bricks and Breeze Blocks Updated
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How to build using bricks or breeze blocks and mortar. It includes instructions on making mortar, concrete and the necessary tools.

Candle-making Updated
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This book describes how a candle works and specifies the materials and methods needed for small-scale production of candles.

Charcoal Briquettes Updated
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How to turn woody waste into charcoal briquettes.

Collecting Rainwater Updated
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Collecting rainwater is important where rainfall is infrequent or sparse. Here you will find several methods.

Compressed Earth Blocks Updated
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Compressed Earth Blocks

Decorative and Useful Walls Updated
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If you are short of space, a few old breeze blocks can be put to good use by building a vertical garden for flowers, herbs or vegetables.

Evaporative Cooling, Book 1 Updated
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Inexpensive fridges to preserve your fruit and vegetables. 

Evaporative Cooling, Book 2 Updated
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How to Make a Zeer Pot Fridge.

Evaporative Cooling, Book 3 Updated
 1.61 MB

How to build a static, cooling chamber.

First Steps in Crochet Updated
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This describes a method of knitting woollen yarn with a single needle to form stitches in a chain and create crochet work.

First Steps in Knitting Updated
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The first part of this book describes simple knitting methods. More difficult stitches are described at the end of the book.

Fruit Leathers Updated
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Delicious snacks that you can make at home. This book explains how to make fruit leathers as a way of preserving a plentiful harvest.

How to Make a Bicycle Trailer Updated
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How to make a bicycle trailer

How to Make a Donkey Cart or Ambulance Updated
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This provides a detailed explanation of how to build a donkey cart or ambulance.

How to Make a Pom-Pom Updated
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A pom-pom is a decorative, fluffy ball made from wool or other material.

How to Make a Rat Trap Updated
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A simple rat trap made with a bucket, wire, a corn cob and peanut butter.

How to Make a Skirt Updated
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This book comprises a step-by-step guide to making skirts in three different styles: gathered, circle and maxi.

How to Make a Water Filter Updated
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How to make a simple filter to give clean drinking water, using locally available materials.

How to Make a Woodworking Bench Updated
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This booklet shows you how to make a woodworking bench without the use of steel parts.

How To Make Bricks Updated
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This describes how to make bricks from clay, water and other materials using a wooden or metal mould and how to build a kiln or pit and bake bricks in it.

How to Make Cassava Doughnuts Updated
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This booklet shows you how to make doughnuts with cassava flour.

How To Make Green Mango Chutney Updated
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Hot to make chutney from green, unripe mangoes or tomatoes.

How to Make Indigo Dye Updated
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This book explains how to make indigo dye: the best plants to use and the equipment needed.

How to use a Sewing Machine Updated
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Advice on setting up, using, adjusting and maintaining a treadle sewing machine.

Lining Fish Ponds Updated
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How to line a fish pond using clay or pig manure and grass cuttings.

Make Your Own Soap Updated
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A recipe for making soap, using caustic soda and vegetable or animal oil.

Making a Mud Stove Updated
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Making a One-Door Two-Hole Mud Stove. This book explains how to make a mud stove to control the heat and help with your cooking.

Making a Pack-saddle Updated
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Advice on how to make and fit a good pack-saddle so that you and your animal can work better.

Making Jam Updated
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A general method of making jam from fruit with a recipe for melon and pineapple jam.

Mixed Fruit Juice Updated
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Unhappy Customers. Two women sell passion fruit and pineapple mixed juice. One has not made it correctly so it makes her customers ill.

Preserve your Food by Drying Updated
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A tent drier can be used to dry fruit and vegetables in the heat of the sun.

Preserving Food in Hot Climates Updated
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Two simple methods of keeping food cool and so prolonging its safe life.

Preserving Mangoes & Other Fruit Updated
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Some ways to preserve fruit so that it is available for eating out of season.

Protection from Lightning Updated
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Advice on how to protect buildings from lightning strikes.

Rainwater Harvesting with Sand Dams Updated
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Water shortages are a problem in arid and semi-arid lands.

Sewing - Stitches and Mending Updated
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An introduction to simple stitches, hems, seams, buttonholes and darning.

Smoking Fish Updated
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Fish can be preserved for a few days by smoking it. It can then be eaten at home or sold in the market.

Soya Milk from Soya Beans Updated
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Advice on how to make soya milk from soybeans, with a use for the left-over solids.

The Tippy Tap Updated
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A simple device for conserving water in the home, using a large, plastic bottle.

Two Fuel Saving Ovens Updated
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Two designs for a simple oven using old oil drums that will use fuel much more efficiently than an open fire.

Upgrading Traditional Wells Updated
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This describes and illustrates how to improve wells that have fallen into disrepair.

Using a Sandbar to Grow Pumpkins Updated
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This book demonstrates how to grow pumpkins on a sandbar using the pit cultivation approach.

Water Hyacinth Updated
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From problem to productive free resource: this book explains that, although the water hyacinth has become a problem, it can be very useful.