Re: QUESTION: You're stuck on a desert island...

From: Brian D Williams (
Date: Thu Jan 04 2001 - 08:09:19 MST

From: "Corwyn J. Alambar" <>

>I would actually recommend "Back to Basics" (Either ROdale or
>Reader's Digest Press, can't remember which right now) - an
>incredibly good book on modern and traditional methods of
>construction, food prepartion and storage, crafts,
>etc. Everythign from how to lay a stone wall without mortar to
>Ahmish barnraising to lumbering with a chainsaw, from underground
>houses with heat pumps to adobe dwellings, from salting to
>canning, from dye-making to cloth-making and papermaking. A good
>foundation for book #2, as well.

It's Readers Digest, a good book.

>The best book I've seen for "survival" situations was one I
>encountered back in the late 80s, titled "The SAS Manual - Survive
>Anywhere Safely" that was supposedly culled from the British RAF
>survival manuals. It included sections on how to survive a
>life-threatening situation (avalanche, plane or auto
>crash, etc.), first aid with an eye towards self-administration (I
>remember some useful tips about how to splint your own broken arm
>- not something you'd see in many first aid manuals), construction
>of emergency shelter, techniques for starting a fire, and plants
>and animals common and edible around the world. Far more useful
>than a simple field guide to edible plants, this book
>would get you through the roughest two weeks at th ebeginning,
>getting you set up to the point where you can use the information
>in the other two to start getting you ahead.

John "Lofty" Wiseman's book, one of the three best survival books
I own. I keep this one in the survival kit in my trunk.

Another excellent choice is Larry Dean Olsen's "Outdoor Survival
Skills" and Tom Browns "The Tracker".

Check out the day the two met:

also check out

>One I HAVE to look up is by a Danish author who wrote a book on
>how to make your own tools, basically a bootstrap manual to such
>complex devices as highly accurate spanners and calipers, metal
>and wood lathes, kilns and furnaces.

This sounds very interesting, I don't know this book! If you find
it, please let us know!


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