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 1.  Botany In A Day: The Patterns Method of Plant Identification

Elpel, Thomas J. 1892784157 / 9781892784155 Paperback

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Botany in a Day is changing the way people learn about plants! Tom's book has gained a nationwide audience almost exclusively by word-of-mouth. It is now used as a text at universities and high schools as well as herbal and wilderness schools across North America. Instead of presenting individual plants, Botany in a Day unveils the patterns of identification and uses among related plants, giving readers simple tools to rapidly unlock the mysteries of the new species they encounter throughout the continent. Too often people try to identify plants one-at-a-time, without rhyme or reason. Now you can cut years off the process of learning about plants and their uses. Tom's book helps you beyond the piece-meal approach to botany and herbalism towards a more whole approach. Within 1 1/2 hours you can understand the big-picture of botany and herbalism. Learn how related plants have similar features for identification. Discover how they often have similar properties and similar uses. Most plant books cover only one or two hundred species. Botany in a Day includes more than 100 plant families and over 700 genera--applicable to many thousands of species. By the end of the day you will have a functional knowledge of botany. You will be able to continue growing your knowledge of plants and plant patterns--in the wild, in your garden, among house plants, even at the florist. Understand the magic of patterns among plants, and the world will never look the same again! 5th Edition, January 2004. 221 pages. The new edition includes an expanded tutorial section, a few additional families of plants, plus Tom worked over every illustration in the book. Botany in a Day includes four indexes. 
Price: 30.00 USD

 
 2.  Canoe Camping On a Song and a Paddle: The Art of Nothing Wilderness Survival Video Series, Volume 4

Elpel, Thomas J. & Reed, Kris 1892784246 / 9781892784247 DVD

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With two water bottles and a flute in their canoe, Thomas J. Elpel and intern Kris Reed go survival camping at the local lake. Amidst the abundant waterfowl, wildlife, and intermittent rain showers and thunderstorms, they camp for three days and two nights and demonstrate all of the skills required to meet their basic needs, including: Shelter: Canoe lean-to, canoe coal bed. Fire: Soda bottle puddle lens. Water: Aromatic herbs to kill germs. Edible Plants: Cattail shoots and pollen, orache, and desert currants. Fungi: Giant horse mushroom. Meat: Bull snake, figure 4 deadfall traps, soda bottle fishing pole. Cooking: Steamed veggies and veggie wraps on a hot rock. Clothing: Cattail visors. Medicine: Mudscreen, cactus slime, willow toothbrush. Filmed and edited by Zone 5 Pictures. Canoe Camping DVD. ISBN: 978-1-892784-24-7. July 2006. (Released January 2007.) Full Version 90 Minutes. $25.00 
Price: 25.00 USD

 
 
 3.  Classroom in the Woods Primitive Skills for Public Schools

Elpel, Thomas J. 1892784335 / 9781892784339 DVD

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Amid a growing awareness of the need to reconnect kids with nature, Classroom in the Woods vividly demonstrates the power and promise of hands-on, immersive experiences to put kids in touch with the real world. In this enlightening video, author and educator Thomas J. Elpel brings a class of junior high students out into the woods for three days and two nights of hands-on wilderness survival and primitive skills experience. Leaving textbooks behind, the kids revel at the opportunity for hands-on learning, as they build a shelter, forage for wild edible plants, make a bow and drill fire set, stalk and observe wildlife, and bake bread in a stone oven. The students create fire from wood, and then use that fire to shape bowls and spoons and cook their food. In the process, they learn about themselves building self-confidence, problem-solving skills, teamwork, and attunement to their surroundings. More than just survival skills, these experiences help give kids a better grasp of the world around them. Pursuing similar goals as author Richard Louv in Last Child in the Woods, Elpel provides a model demonstration of the kind of whole-person education that every kid should be entitled to. Run time: 50 minutes, plus 30 minutes of bonus features expanding on specific skills. ISBN: 978-1-892784-33-9. 2010. 
Price: 25.00 USD

 
 4.  Direct Pointing to Real Wealth: Thomas J. Elpel's Field Guide to Money

Elpel, Thomas J. 1892784084 / 9781892784087 Paperback

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All living organisms consume energy, modify resources from the environment and produce waste. That is an inescapable fact of life. But in nature all material wastes are recycled as inputs to other living organisms. The only true waste is diffuse, low-grade heat. In order to create a truly sustainable economy we must mimic the ecosystem so that the waste of every household and business becomes resource inputs to other enterprises, and the only waste produced is diffuse, low-grade heat from renewable resources like solar. In Direct Pointing to Real Wealth Thomas J. Elpel demonstrates that it is inevitable that we will create an ecologically sustainable economy. Tom turns conventional thinking on its head and out-lines steps you can take to increase your prosperity right now while closing the loop on waste and speeding the transition to a greener world. Direct Pointing to Real Wealth is an enlightened look at the nature of money. Discover how the economy is like an ecosystem and how money is a token we use to represent calories of energy in the ecosystem. Tom's unique approach to money takes you beyond the numbers game to a direct examination of the laws of physics, biology, and economics. These laws are the same today as in the Stone Age, when people worked only a few hours per day and had much more leisure time than we do now. Whether you are raising a family or running a business, Tom's book gives you a fresh new look at economics, ecology and how to achieve your Dreams. Break through perceived limitations to discover a world of prosperity and abundance! 5th Edition. May 2000. 182 Pages. 
Price: 30.00 USD

 
 
 5.  Living Homes: Integrated Design & Construction

Elpel, Thomas J HOPS Press 2005 9.78E+12 5th ed. Illustrated. Trade paperback

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Trade paperback (US). Glued binding. 233 p. Contains: Illustrations. Audience: General/trade. 
Price: 30.00 USD

 
 6.  Living Homes: Stone Masonry, Log, and Strawbale Construction

Elpel, Thomas J. 1892784327 / 9781892784322 Paperback

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The house of your Dreams does not have to be expensive. The key is all in the planning. How much a house costs, how it looks, how comfortable it is, how energy-efficient it is--all these things occur on paper before you pick up even one tool. A little extra time in the planning process can save you tens of thousands of dollars in construction and maintenance. That is time well spent! Living Homes takes you through the planning process to design an energy and resource efficient home that won't break the bank. Then, from the footings on up to the roof, author Thomas J. Elpel guides you through the nuts and bolts of construction for slipform stone masonry, tilt-up stone walls, log home construction, building with strawbales, making your own terra tile floors, windows and doors, solar water systems, masonry heaters, framing, plumbing, greywater, septic systems, swamp filters, concrete-fly ash countertops, painting and more! Living Homes was completely re-organized and revised for the new sixth edition, based on five additional years of building experience with low-cost, high efficiency construction methods. Get the latest ideas on how to build a high-performance house that will stand the test of time! The sixth edition includes fifteen pages of new material covering the latest stone masonry tips, plus revised and expanded tips and techniques throughout the book. Living Homes is 245 pages, including an incredible 300+ drawings and grayscale photos. 6th Edition. 2010. Environmental Note: Everything but the cover is printed with soy ink on 100% post-consumer recycled paper, bleached without chlorine. 
Price: 30.00 USD

 
 
 7.  Mountain Lakes: A Survival Fishing Trip: The Art of Nothing Wilderness Survival Video Series, Volume 3

Elpel, Thomas J. & Elpel, Cassie 189278422x / 9781892784223 DVD

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With little more than a flint & steel kit and a copper drinking cup, Thomas J. Elpel and daughter Cassie trek five miles back into the Rocky Mountains for a few days of fishing, fun, and survival living. Among the spectacular lakes and mountain peaks, they demonstrate all of the skills required to meet their basic needs, including: Shelter: Rock and log shelter with a fire. Fire: Flint & Steel Kit + Making char cloth. Water: Drinking from mountain streams. Edible Plants: Wild onions and glacier lilies. Meat: Mountain Suckers-fishing by hand, snagging by hook, plus fishing laws. Cooking: Cooking fish on hot coals, plus steaming wild vegetables in a stone oven. Tools: Tin can knives, plus forging the nail knife and making a pine bark pot. Mountain Lakes. ISBN: 1-892784-22-X. July 2003. Full Version 104 Minutes. $25.00 
Price: 25.00 USD

 
 8.  Mountain Meadows: Camping With Almost Nothing But the Dog: The Art of Wilderness Survival Video Series, Volume 2

Elpel, Thomas J. & Beattie, Melvin 1892784211 / 9781892784216 DVD

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With little more than stone knives and the dog, Thomas J. Elpel and cousin Melvin Beattie venture into the Rocky Mountains to survive with whatever they can find and improvise from their surroundings. Among the wildflowers, wildlife and scenic meadows of southwestern Montana, they demonstrate all the skills needed to meet their basic needs, including: Shelter: A debris shelter with hot rocks. Fire: The mullein on sage hand drill set. Water: Purifying water with Aerobic Oxygen. Edible Plants: Sweet cicely, wild sunflower, dwarf huckleberry, musk thistle stems and artichokes, brook saxifrage, rose petals. Meat: Ground squirrels--killing, skinning, butchering. Cooking: Cooking on an upright rock slab. Tools: Glass-knapped knives & the jo stick. Mountain Meadows DVD. ISBN: 1-892784-21-1. July 2002. Full Version 90 Minutes. $25.00 
Price: 25.00 USD

 
 
 9.  Participating in Nature: Wilderness Survival and Primitive Living Skills

Elpel, Thomas J. 1892784300 / 9781892784308 Paperback

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Get in touch with your wild side! Primitive living is a way of learning about nature by participating in it. Instead of merely camping in the wilderness or passing through it, you can become part of the process. You learn about nature by using it to meet your needs for shelter, fire, water, and food. You set aside the trappings of modern culture and step directly into nature with little or nothing, to experience nature on its own terms. Tom's guide gives you a direct, hands-on experience of the world around you. With this book you have the opportunity to discover the thrill of staying warm and comfortable without even a blanket! Experience the magic of starting a fire by friction. Butcher your own deer and braintan its hide to make warm buckskin clothing. Learn about edible plants of the Rocky Mountain region, plus processing techniques and primitive gourmet skills like making wild strawberry ashcake pies or stir-fry cooking without a pan. This book is the source for in depth coverage of tire sandals, bedroll packs and pack frames, felting with wool, quick bows and bone arrowheads, sinews, hide glue, trapping, fishing by hand, water purification, birch bark canisters, willow baskets, primitive pottery, wooden containers, cordage, twig deer, stalking skills, simple stone knives, flint & steel, bowdrill and handdrill fire-starting. Participating in Nature includes dozens of innovative skills and an incredible 350 pictures and illustrations plus a thoughtful philosophy. Tom does extensive experiential research. He places an emphasis on publishing new information that is not found in any other source. This is the 6th Edition of Participating in Nature. Changes from the 5th Edition were primarily in editing and formatting, however, Tom also made updates throughout the book, and added four new pages of material. 6th Edition. 2009. 202 pages. 
Price: 30.00 USD

 
 10.  Primitive Living, Self-Sufficiency, and Survival Skills: A Field Guide to Primitive Living Skills

Elpel, Thomas J. Trade Paperback

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In PRIMITIVE LIVING, SELF SUFFICIENCY, AND SURVIVAL, author Thomas J. Elpel shows how to discover nature by using it with the same techniques employed by the first people to wander the earth. Illustrated with over 350 photographs, he thoroughly describes every aspect of how to Stay warm and comfortable even without a blanket Start a fire using friction Make bows and bone arrowheads Butcher a deer, tan the hide, and make soft buckskin clothing Identify edible plants of the Rocky Mountains Cook in the wild without a pan Make birch bark canisters, willow baskets, and primitive pottery Create and use simple stone knives. PRIMITIVE LIVING, SELF SUFFICIENCY, AND SURVIVAL includes dozens of skills and techniques that anyone can learn to meet the needs of clothing, shelter, fire, and water. It is a must read for any serious outdoorsperson. 
Price: 16.95 USD

 
 
 11.  Roadmap to Reality: Consciousness, Worldviews, and the Blossoming of Human Spirit

Elpel, Thomas J. 1892784297 / 9781892784292 Paperback

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What if our entire experience of reality were based on an assumption that could be proven false? In Roadmap to Reality, Thomas J. Elpel tests the assumption that we are a sentient (self-aware) species, and finds evidence suggesting otherwise. Like automatons, we copy beliefs and behaviors from generation to generation without consciously evaluating why we do what we do. We absorb a definition of reality and act on it, without ever questioning the source of that definition. In short, we don't act; we react. Roadmap to Reality is the quest to unravel the illusions to discover what reality really is. The journey follows the link between technology and thought, showing how hunter-gatherer, agricultural, industrial, and informational societies define reality in predictable ways. In essence, production technology dictates how we perceive cause and effect, how we solve problems, and how we approach parenting and governing. Roadmap to Reality sequentially follows simple ideas and commonsense logic to reveal how consciousness and worldviews evolve in layers over time. Roadmap to Reality enables the reader to step outside of ordinary reality to obtain a fresh perspective on culture, government, prosperity, sustainability, and meaning. The quest takes the reader to the ends of the universe with a casual writing style, peeling back the layers of consciousness to discover the reality beyond. Roadmap to Reality will change your perspective of history and world events, and it will change you, enabling you to let go of preconceived notions about the nature of reality to discover a more holistic, more satisfying life experience. ISBN: 978-1-892784-29-2. May 2008. 260 Pages. Lavishly illustrated by Bonnie Andrich. Printed on 100% post-consumer recycled paper. Cost: $30. 
Price: 30.00 USD

 
 12.  Shanleya's Quest: A Botany Adventure for Kids Ages 9 to 99

Elpel, Thomas J. & Brown, Gloria 1892784165 / 9781892784162 Hardcover

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Shanleya's Quest is a story that is both educational and fun. It makes a great gift idea for nieces, nephews, and neighborhood kids! In a mythical world where time is a liquid that falls as rain upon the land, young Shanleya paddles her canoe out to the Tree Islands to learn the plant traditions of her people. Each island is home to a separate family of plants and an unforgettable Guardian with lessons to teach about the identification and uses of those plants. Shanleya's Quest is a truly unique educational book that presents botanical concepts and plant identification skills in an easy and fun metaphorical format for children as well as for adults who are young at heart. The book begins with a creation myth that parallels evolutionary concepts, where life begins as bubbles in a puddle of soup under the radiance of Father Sun and the gentle glow of Mother Moon. The evolutionary tree of life becomes a literal part of the story, buried up to its branch-tips (the islands) in an ocean of Time that just keeps getting deeper and deeper. This is the world that Shanleya explores by canoe, learning the essential characteristics of closely related plants on each island she visits. Readers young and old can join Shanleya's Quest, learning the patterns to correctly identify more than 45,000 species of plants to their proper families. The Quest will change the way you see the world, enabling you to experience nature in a new and magical way that you probably never imagined possible. Written by outdoor educator Thomas J. Elpel, author of Botany in a Day: The Patterns Method of Plant Identification. Wonderfully illustrated by Gloria Brown, who blended botanical accuracy with fantasy to produce artwork that both captivates and educates! March 2005. 32 pages. 8-1/2 x 11. Hard Cover. $12.50. See what the press is saying about Shanleya's Quest! This book is a one of a kind resource for educators or parents wishing to teach young people about plant recognition. It covers both Monocotyledon and Dicotyledon classes and 8 families in a non-threatening, easy to read format meant for children 9 to 99. Learning beginner plant ID does not get ANY easier than with this book. To top it all off, Elpel has developed teacher resources to accompany the book in the form of a flash card game and online modules. Once students have exhausted these resources, Elpel has even designed a follow up book entitled Botany in a Day, an expansive handbook that will provide students of any age a well rounded and thorough knowledge of North American plant species and their uses. This is by far the best learning resource on this topic that I have discovered and I fully recommend it to anyone with an interest in learning or expanding their knowledge levels about native plant species in Canada or the United States. --Brian Stengele Eastern Ontario Primitive School. I own both Shanleya's Quest and Botany in a Day and I can't say enough great things about them. I teach mostly 3rd to 8th graders, and my goal is primarily to help my students establish a relationship with plants. Your materials are incredibly supportive of that, not to mention engaging, effective and fun. --Katharine K. Minneapolis, MN 
Price: 12.50 USD

 
 
 13.  Three Days at the River With Nothing But Our Bare Hands: The Art of Nothing Wilderness Survival Video Series, Volume 1

Elpel, Thomas J. & Elpel, Felicia 1892784203 / 9781892784209 DVD

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No knife. No matches. No food, sleeping bags or other gear. Join Thomas J. Elpel and 13 year-old daughter Felicia for this extraordinary primitive camping experience in southwest Montana. In the cottonwoods along the Jefferson River they demonstrate all the skills required to meet their basic needs, starting with nothing but their bare hands. Skills include: Shelter: Grass sleeping bag on hot ground. Fire: The cottonwood root bowdrill set. Water: Boiling water in found bottles and cans for purification. Edible Plants: Cattail Roots, stinging nettles, rose hips, burdock, mustard greens and milkweed shoots. Fungi: The edible tree mushroom. Meat: Porcupine--killing, skinning, butchering. Cooking: Shishkebabs and hot rock stir-fry. Tools: Discoidal stone knives and digging sticks. 3 Days at the River DVD. ISBN: 1-892784-20-3. May 2002. Full Version 91 Minutes. $25.00 
Price: 25.00 USD

     
 

 



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