Crafts and Skills

Crafts and Skills

These are Shell Book titles in English relating to crafts.

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A Bottle-top Fish Scaler
 227 Downloads
 488.76 KB
 15-May-2020

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
 327 Downloads
 1.96 MB
 12-May-2020

This describes how to make leavened bread using flour and yeast.

A Simple Chicken-feeder
 225 Downloads
 547.2 KB
 15-May-2020

This explains how to make a simple chicken feeder from a plastic bucket or similar container.

A Tough Doormat
 210 Downloads
 520.4 KB
 15-May-2020

How to make a doormat from bottle tops.

A Useful Fly Trap
 200 Downloads
 738.42 KB
 21-May-2020

How to make a fly trap for the home from two plastic bottles.

Another Way to Preserve Fruit
 19 Downloads
 931.93 KB
 29-Jul-2021

Another Way to Preserve Fruit: Make it into delicious squashes

Bamboo Water Pipes
 152 Downloads
 854.36 KB
 26-May-2020

How to construct a water pipeline from bamboo.

Banana Chips
 132 Downloads
 851.97 KB
 22-Jun-2020

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

Bicycle Maintenance, Book 1
 73 Downloads
 628.63 KB
 08-May-2020

How to put oil on the right places and prevent a bicycle becoming rusty.

Bicycle Maintenance, Book 2
 157 Downloads
 1.07 MB
 08-May-2020

Mending a flat tyre.

Bicycle Maintenance, Book 3
 257 Downloads
 1.12 MB
 08-May-2020

All about the chain.

Bicycle Maintenance, Book 4
 302 Downloads
 961.97 KB
 08-May-2020

How to adjust the brakes.

Bicycle Maintenance, Book 5
 325 Downloads
 545.88 KB
 08-May-2020

Safety, comfort and light repairs.

Breeze Blocks
 298 Downloads
 959.41 KB
 12-May-2020

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
 258 Downloads
 1.56 MB
 14-May-2020

How to build using bricks or breeze blocks and mortar. It includes instructions on making mortar, concrete and the necessary tools.

Candle-making
 146 Downloads
 1.07 MB
 28-Jul-2020

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

Charcoal Briquettes
 88 Downloads
 1012.05 KB
 04-Mar-2021

How to turn woody waste into charcoal briquettes.

Collecting Rainwater
 117 Downloads
 1.93 MB
 26-May-2020

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

Compressed Earth Blocks
 35 Downloads
 4.47 MB
 06-Apr-2021

Compressed Earth Blocks

Decorative and Useful Walls
 207 Downloads
 2.51 MB
 15-May-2020

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
 113 Downloads
 1.72 MB
 25-Aug-2020

Inexpensive fridges to preserve your fruit and vegetables. 

Evaporative Cooling, Book 2 Updated
 100 Downloads
 1.4 MB
 25-Aug-2020

How to Make a Zeer Pot Fridge.

Evaporative Cooling, Book 3
 96 Downloads
 1.6 MB
 25-Aug-2020

How to build a static, cooling chamber.

First Steps in Crochet
 132 Downloads
 696.82 KB
 15-May-2020

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
 190 Downloads
 2.24 MB
 22-May-2020

The first part of this book describes simple knitting methods. More difficult stitches are described at the end of the book.

Fruit Leathers
 93 Downloads
 773.4 KB
 09-Sep-2020

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
 11 Downloads
 767.33 KB
 12-Jul-2021

How to make a bicycle trailer

How to Make a Donkey Cart or Ambulance
 77 Downloads
 4.69 MB
 04-Mar-2021

This provides a detailed explanation of how to build a donkey cart or ambulance.

How to Make a Pom-Pom
 115 Downloads
 606.91 KB
 22-May-2020

A pom-pom is a decorative, fluffy ball made from wool or other material.

How to Make a Rat Trap
 102 Downloads
 1.12 MB
 26-May-2020

A simple rat trap made with a bucket, wire, a corn cob and peanut butter.

How to Make a Skirt
 86 Downloads
 1.79 MB
 28-Sep-2020

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
 144 Downloads
 1.05 MB
 26-May-2020

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

How to Make a Woodworking Bench
 130 Downloads
 1.31 MB
 22-Jun-2020

This booklet shows you how to make a woodworking bench without the use of steel parts.

How To Make Bricks
 227 Downloads
 2.47 MB
 12-May-2020

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
 94 Downloads
 624.44 KB
 22-Jun-2020

This booklet shows you how to make doughnuts with cassava flour.

How To Make Green Mango Chutney
 130 Downloads
 686.58 KB
 15-May-2020

Hot to make chutney from green, unripe mangoes or tomatoes.

How to Make Indigo Dye
 116 Downloads
 929.75 KB
 28-Jul-2020

This book explains how to make indigo dye: the best plants to use and the equipment needed.

How to use a Sewing Machine
 118 Downloads
 3.14 MB
 26-May-2020

Advice on setting up, using, adjusting and maintaining a treadle sewing machine.

Lining Fish Ponds
 212 Downloads
 1.34 MB
 15-May-2020

How to line a fish pond using clay or pig manure and grass cuttings.

Make Your Own Soap
 173 Downloads
 660.57 KB
 26-May-2020

A recipe for making soap, using caustic soda and vegetable or animal oil.

Making a Mud Stove
 118 Downloads
 906.59 KB
 06-Aug-2020

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
 89 Downloads
 2.75 MB
 28-Sep-2020

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

Making Jam
 121 Downloads
 761.02 KB
 22-May-2020

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

Mixed Fruit Juice
 122 Downloads
 2.88 MB
 06-Aug-2020

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
 199 Downloads
 1.63 MB
 21-May-2020

A tent drier can be used to dry fruit and vegetables in the heat of the sun.

Preserving Food in Hot Climates
 115 Downloads
 1.16 MB
 21-May-2020

Two simple methods of keeping food cool and so prolonging its safe life.

Preserving Mangoes & Other Fruit
 174 Downloads
 2.49 MB
 22-May-2020

Some ways to preserve fruit so that it is available for eating out of season.

Protection from Lightning
 121 Downloads
 1.08 MB
 22-May-2020

Advice on how to protect buildings from lightning strikes.

Rainwater Harvesting with Sand Dams
 99 Downloads
 1.34 MB
 10-Nov-2020

Water shortages are a problem in arid and semi-arid lands.

Sewing - Stitches and Mending
 118 Downloads
 1.44 MB
 26-May-2020

An introduction to simple stitches, hems, seams, buttonholes and darning.

Smoking Fish
 202 Downloads
 499.58 KB
 21-May-2020

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
 149 Downloads
 555.28 KB
 26-May-2020

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

The Tippy Tap
 141 Downloads
 632.82 KB
 26-May-2020

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

Two Fuel Saving Ovens
 173 Downloads
 1.97 MB
 22-May-2020

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

Upgrading Traditional Wells
 143 Downloads
 1.37 MB
 26-May-2020

This describes and illustrates how to improve wells that have fallen into disrepair.

Using a Sandbar to Grow Pumpkins
 107 Downloads
 744.09 KB
 09-Sep-2020

This book demonstrates how to grow pumpkins on a sandbar using the pit cultivation approach.

Water Hyacinth
 107 Downloads
 2.22 MB
 25-Aug-2020

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