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SCHOOL OF SELF-RELIANCE

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Here you'll find books, booklets, and DVDs on survival and self-reliance.  Plus, we have fire-making tools, herbs, knives, knife-sharpeners, water purifiers and more.  LET US KNOW IF YOU HAVE A SPECIFIC NEED! 

You can call our office at (626) 791-3217, or mobile at (323) 605-7283

Please first check our SPECIALS, and then scroll down to see our other products.  Thank you for visiting!

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   SPECIAL OFFER THROUGH THE END OF DECEMBER:

Purchase the DVD called "Survival Foods,"where we see Huell Howser interview Christopher and Dolores Nyerges in downtown Los Angeles -- and choose a free copy of Enter the Forest book, OR a magnesium fire starter.

ALSO, any order over $100 will get a free copy of Shiyo Miller's "The Winds Erase Your Footprints,"the true story of life on the Navajo reservation during the Great Depression.  (see description below).

 

 PACKAGE SPECIALS

2 NYERGES PLANT DVDs

SAVE $6

WHEN YOU BUY "EXPLORING EDIBLE WILD FOODS" DVD AND "SURVIVAL FOODS" VIDEO.

$44 if purchased individually, purchase them both for $36.

 

 

 

BOTANY PACKAGE

SAVE $8

When You Buy the Botany Package
"Guide to Wild Foods"
"Edible and Medicinal Plants of the West"
"Botany in a Day"
These make a great combo.

$75 if purchased individually, buy them all for $67.


NYERGES LATEST BOOKS

SAVE $10 

For $35 you receive
Christopher’s latest two books, "How to Survive Anywhere," and "Self-Sufficient Home," for only $35 PLUS we send you a magnesium fire starter!!

 

RON HOOD DVDs

SAVE $15

WHEN YOU BUY ANY 5 DVDs
  You will get a great foundation of survival skills with the following DVDs: Fire, Shelter, Traps, Weapons, and Navigation.

$110 if purchased individually, you get all 5 for $95

 

NOTE: You must tell us in the Note section of Paypal WHICH 5 DVDs you wish to receive.

 

ALL 3 NYERGES DVDs

SAVE $16

3 DVDs
Get all 3 of Christopher’s DVDs and for $50, you will receive:

"Exploring Edible Wild Foods," a one hour DVD filmed in Hahamongna Watershed Park, where Christopher shows you how to recognize and use wild edibles;

"Survival Foods," a Huell Howser public TV production, where Christopher and Dolores Nyerges explore the wild spots of downtown L.A. and talk about the "old ways" with Huell Howser

"Survival Skills," a one hour collection of Christopher’s segments for a national TV show, demonstrating 39 survival skills.

 

3   NYERGES BOOKS

SAVE $10

WHEN YOU BUY 3 GREAT BOOKS BY CHRISTOPHER NYERGES.
"TESTING YOUR OUTDOOR SURVIVAL SKILLS"
"HOW TO SURVIVE ANYWHERE"
"EXTREME SIMPLICITY:

 

Purchased individually, these 3 would cost $52. Buy all 3 for $42.

 

 

 

FIRE PACKAGE

SAVE $10

When you buy the Fire Package we give you the magnesium fire starter (carry it with you all the time!), a flint and steel kit, a bow and drill, and a hand drill.

Purchased individually, these will cost $65; buy them all for $55

 

 

 

DVDs


USEFUL PLANTS OF THE U.S. Take a walk with plant expert Christopher Nyerges as he shows you how to identify and use common wild plants found anywhere in the U.S. Closeups of each plant are included, as well as useful facts.  Join Christopher Nyerges as he explores a wild area and shows you common edible and medicinal plants. Some poisonous plants are also shown, as well as plants used to make fire. Filmed by Alan Halcon. One hour DVD.

$22 DVD

Click Here for a sample of the Useful Plants of the U.S. DVD

 



SURVIVAL FOOD VIDEO
In this highly-entertaining public TV program, Christopher and Dolores Nyerges show host HUELL HOWSER  how to gather a wild food meal in downtown Los Angeles. This was filmed near the original Yangna Indian village site, now right next to the freeway.  The show, called "SURVIVAL FOODS," was produced by Huell Howser, as part of his  "Visiting" series for public TV. 

You and your family will enjoy this for years to come!

$22 DVD

Click Here for a sample of the Survival Food DVD

 

 

 

SURVIVAL SKILLS on the streets of Los Angeles 
Here is a solid hour of Christopher Nyerges demonstrating wilderness survival skills in the urban wilderness. You’ll see skills such as wild foods, soap-making, skinning a snake, catching a fish, making a snow cave, net-making, fire-making, and more. These were all filmed on the streets of Los Angeles for a now-defunct TV show, where Christopher demonstrated the skills as if he were in the woods, oblivious to the suits and cars passing by. All bona-fide skills shown, and great entertainment.

$22 DVD

Click Here for a sample of the Survival Skills DVD
  

 

RON HOOD DVDs

Ron Hood shares many of the basic skills in these DVDs

FIRE BY FRICTION
Learn the basics of making fire with a bow and drill – no details are left out. You’ll start with dead willow wood and see the entire process all the way to a flame.  You'll also see how to use flint and steel, the metal match, the magnesium fire starter, a flashlight, and more.  You learn by watching.

$22

WILDERNESS SHELTERS
What do you do if you’re lost in the woods, or snow? How do you protect your body’s core temperature? These are methods, old and new, for staying alive all night by using what nature has provided and what you have provided.  Ron will show you how to find makeshift shelters, how to choose a shelter location, how to make a fire-bed,a nd much more. 

$22

TRAPS AND TRAPPING
An excellent summary of figure 4 deadfalls, snares, and various traps. Hand-fishing, the Ojibway bird trap, and trapping ethics included. Some ingenious and effective methods are shown that are seldom depicted. Not for the squeamish-- there is some footage of trapped and dead animals.  If you've ever wanted to actually be able to make such a device to capture an animal for an emergency meal, you will see all the details here, step by step.

$22


 
PRIMITIVE WEAPONS
Learn how to make arrows, a quick atlatl, a sling, a fastibal (sling variation), a throwing stick, a throwing star, and more.  This is the DVD where you'll learn how to make the Vietcong crossbow.  We referenced this when we wrote about how to build such a crossbow from scratch in a past issue of Wilderness Way magazine. This is a very useful video, with details that you generally can’t get in books.

$22

NAVIGATION
You’ll learn about the many primitive, as well as modern, methods to tell direction. Discover how to use the stars for navigation. Included is how to make a sun compass, and the shadow method for telling direction. How to use an analog watch is included, and practical travel tips.   In this DVD, Ron also shares some of the basics of flint-knapping.

$22

DESERT SURVIVAL
Learn some of the tried and proven methods for getting water from the desert, such as using cactus, or a solar still, and a transpiration bag. You’ll learn some practical methods for determining where to find water, and considerations about shade and shelter. See how to clean a rattlesnake. Considerations on choosing a knife.

$22


 

 

SHIRTS


Natural Cotton t-shirt, with slogan "100% compostable"
This is a custom locally designed and produced shirt. Please specify size when ordering, only white color available at this time. 

$30

 

 

 

SCHOOL OF SELF-RELIANCE T-SHIRT


Front View

 

 


This 100% cotton shirt displays the earth on the front, emphasizing that our skills our crucial to saving the planet. On the back, there is our logo image of a man picking yucca, with the slogan, "Where there is no struggle, there is no merit." We feel that the yucca epitomizes "living off the land," since the yucca produces several foods and fibre for countless projects. The slogan points out that we never really appreciate those things that we have not truly earned. Available in Small, Medium, Large, XL, and XXL.

$20


 

 

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BOOKS

 

Please let us know if you'd like Christopher Nyerges to autograph his books for you

 

THE SELF-SUFFICIENT HOME -- Going green and saving Money. This is Christopher's latest book, a treasure trove of information for living a simpler life. The book includes interviews from folks who live the life, folks who walk the walk. This book will provide you with more money saving tips, beyond his other popular book, "Extreme simplicity."  Subjects include how to plan a home solar electric system, interviews with folks who've done it, collecting rain water, alternate toilets and methane digesters, how to make biodiesel, solar water heaters, permaculture, and more! Fully illustrated, with lots of practical ways for you to take action now.

$20

 


 

HOW TO SURVIVE ANYWHERE: Your guide to better living – Your guide to prepare for the next earthquake, hurricane, tsunami, and other disasters A Guide for Urban, Suburban, Rural, and Wilderness Environments.Subjects include Water (finding, purifying, storing), clothing and shelter, health and hygiene, fire, alternate power sources, fibre from nature, food and food storage, wild soaps, first aid, further considerations of "survival," and more.

$20

 

 

GUIDE TO WILD FOODS AND USEFUL PLANTS

Newly Revised and Updated 2nd Edition.
This is an ideal book for beginners and experts to get to know some common wild foods and their uses. Fully illustrated with color photos, many original references, and pictorial keys (for Leaf and Fruit) to all the plants included. Most of the plants included are found all over the United States. Each plant's identification is described, as well as edibility, medicinality, and other practical uses. Very useful Appendix on Safe Families, and an insightful Appendix on Why Eat Wild Foods?
Current retail is 24.95; we're selling it for $20 for a limited time.

$20.  CURRENTLY IN STOCK

 

 

ENTER THE FOREST

Based upon Christopher's survival classes in the Angeles National Forest, this book covers animal signs, ecology, primitive fire-making, finding and purifying water, Native American foods, and more. Illustrated.  Cover art by Roy Murphy.  John Robinson wrote, this book "is destined to become a classic."

$9.50

 

 

EXTREME SIMPLICITY

Homesteading in the City by Christopher and Dolores Lynn Nyerges. This is the story of Christopher and Dolores Nyerges' "urban homesteading" in Los Angeles. Want to learn how to produce more of your food, generate some of your power, or cook with the sun? Do you desire to make your own compost and learn to create a wildlife sanctuary even in the city? Here is book that tells how we went about this, step by step, on a low budget. The "Economics and Self-Reliance"

$16.95

 

TESTING YOUR OUTDOOR SURVIVAL SKILLS by Christopher Nyerges. Chapters on identifying plants, primitive fire-making, food in the wild, navigation by sun and stars, water (finding, purifying, storing), clothing, first aid, weapons (primitive and modern), and more. Designed as the text that Nyerges uses for a semester course, the book is also used to test and improve your own skills and knowledge. This is the classroom textbook which became the foundation for "How to Survive Anywhere." 8 ½ x 11 format, comb-bound, fully illustrated.

$15

 

 

 

URBAN WILDERNESS: A Handbook to Ecological City Living This edition focuses on simple, low-cost ways to "do more with less," even in the city. Think of it as a basic manual of urban survival.  (This is a revision of Christopher's 1979 book of the same title.)  Sections includes food storage, water storage, alternate power sources, communication section, hygiene (what do you do when there is no toilet?), community and safety issues, emergency preparedness, and more!

$12

 

URBAN WILDERNESS: An Urban Survival Guide   This is the updated version of this book, originally published in 1980, based on the author's personal experiences and research. Tells you what you need to know about water and water storage, food production and storage, recycling everything, composting, alternate toilets, collecting rain water, and lots of references for further research.

$2.99  Click Here For more information about this Kindle Book and how to purchase it.

 

   

WRITING FOR SURVIVAL: A step-by-step guide to getting published without going broke by Christopher Nyerges. This is the textbook that Christopher uses when he teaches writing classes at the local college.  It is designed to get you writing and marketing your work.  Topics include newspaper writing, magazine writing, book writing, keeping records, cover letters, press releases, marketing tactics, self-publication, and more. 8 ½ x 11 format, 51 pages.

$15.

     

 

TUNNEL 16.  eBook by Christopher Nyerges: Tunnel 16 is a fictional tale about a teen in the foothill community of Altadena, California, who accidentally falls into a tunnel near the Angeles National Forest. He discovers that a race of invisible beings live there. The teen, Rick Jasper, meets his underworld mentor, the holographic ghost of Jack Parsons, who guides Rick in the underworld. The tunnel system is near the famous Jet Propulsion Laboratory of Pasadena, and JPL security engineer Frank Landry becomes enmeshed in this underworld drama in his effort to improve security at JPL. Though fiction, many real names and real locations are used, and the book includes much of the myth and folklore of the Pasadena area, including Parsons, JPL, tunnels under Los Angeles, L. Ron Hubbard, and more.

$2.99  Click Here For more information about this Kindle Book and to purchase it.

Note: You can purchase a .pdf file of this book which we can then email to to you. Cost is only $2.

Also, don't forget that there are free kindle and e-book readers that you can download for free.

 

Sinkhole 102 (The Tunnel Series) [Kindle Edition]  eBook by Christopher Nyerges: A young adult fiction, Sinkhole 102 is a sequel to Tunnel 16. Five years after the Tunnel 16 adventure, Rick Jasper is a freshman physics student at Caltech when he is called upon to resolve an underworld conflict, this time in the tunnel system below Malibu Canyon. Rick agrees to do it only because he is promised gold as payment. A sinkhole opens near the beach in Malibu, and an Indian who says the sinkhole is an opening to a sacred site, jumps in and disappears. California Department of Transportation works to seal the hole and hold back the media throng that appears after the Indian disappeared. Meanwhile, upcanyon, Rick and his Indian guide enter the tunnel system and interact with the Invisibles to assist them in resolving their differences.

$2.99  Click Here For more information about this Kindle Book and how to purchase it.

 

Note: You can purchase a .pdf file of this book which we can then email to to you. Cost is only $2.

Also, don't forget that there are free kindle and e-book readers that you can download for free.

Til Death Do Us Part?  eBook by Christopher Nyerges: The Story of How Dolores and Christopher Dealt with Death.  How can we deal with death in an uplifting -- even positive -- way? This book covers some of the lessons about death from the life of Christopher and Dolores Nyerges. Included are lessons about how to support those whose spouses have died, having animal funerals, how to prepare for the inevitability of death, how to 'be with' your loved one when they die, and more. There are sections about dealing with 'ghosts', and the possibility of an afterlife.

$2.99  Click Here For more information about this Kindle Book and how to purchase it.

 

Note: You can purchase a .pdf file of this book which we can then email to to you. Cost is only $2.

Also, don't forget that there are free kindle and e-book readers that you can download for free.

Note: A percentage of the proceeds from the above book goes to Dolores' favorite charity.

Squatter in Los Angeles:Living on the Edge  eBook by Christopher Nyerges: For a year and a half, Christopher Nyerges took and occupied a hilltop home on one acre whose ownership was being disputed in probate court. During this time, Nyerges was able to experiment and practice many of the skills that he later used in his ongoing classes, and books ("Urban Wilderness," "Extreme Simplicity," etc.). This book describes how this all came about, some of the specific experiences during that time, and practical lessons about gardening, use of resources, self-reliance, recycling. how we relate to our land, etc. This is a wild ride which includes lawyers, a ghost, a near-death experience, dowsing, a rain dance, and lots of other great topics for your next dinner party. This is not a how-to guide to squatting, nor does it glamorize homelessness, squatting, or any illegal activity. The purpose of this book is to show that it is very possible for anyone to live better with less. Available on Kindle from Amazon. Or, we'll send you the book as a Word document for $2.

$2.99  Click Here For more information about this Kindle Book and how to purchase it.

 

Note: You can purchase a .pdf file of this book which we can then email to to you. Cost is only $2.

Also, don't forget that there are free kindle and e-book readers that you can download for free.

 

Are you prepared?

$39.95  Click here or the image above to purchase Dr. Prepper's Great Book: MAKING THE BEST of BASICS: Family Preparedness Handbook.  This book tells you everything you ever wanted to know about how to prepare meals from your family's food storage supply -- and much more.  Over 795,000 copies sold!!  Wow!  (He's obviously doing something right with this book!) 

EARTH PIGMENTS AND PAINTS

This is Paul Campbell's second book, a hard-cover in full color, which covers his quest for the elusive red ochre, descriptions of how pigments were mixed with other substances so they lasted for cenuries, and so much more.  Though there is much "how-to" in this book, the variety of rock art depicted is clearly worth the price of the book.  There are also old California Indian photos showing body art, as well as face art, bow and arrow art, etc.  Every museum and school should have a copy.

Retail is $30, but we sell for $25.

 

 


SURVIVAL SKILLS OF NATIVE CALIFORNIA

Paul Campbell's book is a dream-come-true for anyone interested in the specific skills used day in and out by California’s pre-mission people. Included is how to make sandals, rope, nets, arrows, bows, hunting skills, plant information, soap plants, and more. Campbell takes you through it all step by step, with lots of photos.

$40.00

 


THE UNIVERSAL TOOL KIT out of Africa to native California

By Paul Campbell

This is the latest by Paul Campbell, released September of 2013. 'The Universal Tool Kit' refers to taking a rock and turning it into a tool. Some of you may think this is not a very interesting subject, but believe me, it's an incredible insightful look at how ancient man survived. This is not the theoretical charts and arrows and categorization you might get in an anthropology class. Campbell brings it alive, and makes it relevant. Just like his previous two books - "Survival Skills of Ancient California" and "Paints and Pigments" - Campbell thoroughly investigates his subject matter. Campbell gives us a review of stone tools in primitive cultures around the world, and how extreme simplicity was the name of the game. This is not a book about fancy flint-knapping. Rather, this is a book that describes Campbell's personal research and experimentation in making quick and simple stone tools, and how he went about using those tools to make bows, atlatls, and other necessary products. It seems that too many people have made all the basic survival skills all so complicated. Too many folks are telling us you must have this huge knife and this big compass and that big weapon. Why? Because for the people selling all the survival paraphernalia, it helps to put their daughters through college. But if you really want to get simple and get basic, then just GET THIS BOOK. A stone is the ultimate survival tool. And guess what? When you're done reading this book, you'll agree with Campbell that you really don't need the stone, per se. The greatest skill is your knowledge, and your ability to transform natural resources into the tools of everyday life and survival. Campbell gives you a thorough background in the subject in a readable way. You'll know far more than the average anthropologist after reading this. He describes how to make one-day willow bow, atlatls and spears, flakers, and more. Fully illustrated with hundreds of photos and drawings, this is the book you will want when you do the research that matters. Top quality hard cover, 316 pages. Suggested retail is $29.95 Click Here for a larger image of the inside of the book.

Introductory special: $22

Click Here for more infoprmation on Paul Campbell.

 

 

OUTDOOR SURVIVAL SKILLS

by Larry Dean Olsen. Here is the original book on primitive skills, one that Christopher regarded as his “bible” when growing up. The book includes edible plants, shelters, finding water, making weapons, weaving, flint-knapping, and more. Fully illustrated. 240 pages.

$15

 


BOTANY IN A DAY

by Tom Elpel. This is the best treatment of botany and taxonomy that we have seen. Learn how to recognize the major plant families, and how to understand some of the basic chemistry of plants. 8 ½ x 11 format, 196 pages.

$30

 

THE FORAGER'S HARVEST: A Guide to Identifying, Harvesting, and Preparing Edible Wild Plants

by Samuel Thayer

This is an excellent book for the beginner and expert alike.  Thayer gives you 360 pages with over 200 color photos of top-notch information for how to identify and use wild plants that are growing all around you.  He spends the beginning of the book explaining how to harvest and prepare wild foods, and the remainder of the book describes the most common and useful plants, and how to successfully utilize them in your diet.  An easy to use book, assisting you in your self-education of this most essential survival skills. A lot of Thayer's personality comes through in this fresh and original book. 

 $22.95

 

DANDELION CELEBRATION

“If you can’t beat ‘em, eat ‘em!”

Peter Gail of Cleveland has written the book that contains everything you’d ever want to know about the common dandelion.  His celebration of the dandelion is 151 pages that might surprise you if you’re one of the many gardeners who despise dandelions because they grow in lawns.  But it turns out that dandelions are not trash -- they are treasures. 

Gail begins by telling us some of dandelions’ long  history of food and medicine, showing us that dandelions have more nutritional content with other common wild and cultivated foods.  We learn that dandelion is the richest source of Vitamin A and magnesium, in his study, as well as a rich source of most of the tested minerals.  It is richer in beta-carotene than carrots.

Despite these incredible health benefits, more people don’t eat dandelion because it’s bitter.  So Gail gives us recipes for turning this bitter weed into a tasty dish.  He tells us how to use the roots, leaves, flowers, and hearts.  There are recipes for some very unlikely dandelion dishes, like dandelion ice cream, and also the standards, such as dandelion wine and coffee.  Spiral bound for easy-use.

$13.95

 



EDIBLE AND MEDICINAL PLANTS OF THE WEST

by Gregory Tilford. This is THE book for those of you who insist on clear simple text and good color photos. Particularly useful since many of the plants are actually found nation-wide. 239 pages

$22

 

 



PRICKLY PEAR CACTUS MEDICINE

by Ran Knishinsky. Here is the scientific evidence that prickly pear cactus fruits and pads are useful for treating diabetess, cholesterol, and the immune system. Recipes and methods of preparation are also included

$12.50

 



HEALING WITH MEDICINAL PLANTS OF THE WEST (3rd edition)

by Cecilia Garcia and Dr. James Adams. This remarkable book was the collaboration of Dr. Adams, a professor of pharmacology, and Cecilia Garcia, a Chumash medicine woman. When Dr. Adams got the idea to write a book on the medicinal use of plants, he sought out a native medicine person, and finally found Cecilia Garcia. After she accepted him, they collaborated on this book, and nearly a hundred walks and lectures. People have been very impressed with their presentations, sensing that "this is the real deal." The book is 266 pages, fully illustrated with color photos, and the details of each plant delineated with identification characteristics, primary and secondary uses, active compounds, and many of Cecilia's recipes for how to use the herbs. (Cecilia passed away May 15, 2012 in Mexico). The book is a real treasure! It`s a unique blend of science and spirituality.

$17.95

 

THE WINDS ERASE YOUR FOOTPRINTS

This book, written by Shiyo Miller (mother of Dolores Lynn Nyerges), is the true story of a young newly-married couple (one White, one Navajo) who move back to the Navajo reservation. You really feel the daily challenges of what it normally takes to live on the reservation, not to mention that this was during the Depression when work and money were scarce. There is a subtle backdrop of Navajo witchcraft, as well as the colorful scenery of the Southwest. Shiyo started writing this book in the 1940s. Shiyo died in 1983, and due to her daughter's dillegence, the book finally got published in 2002. Illustrated by Chester Kahn, it is 335 pages long.

$17.

 

 

 


Thinking and Destiny by Harold Percival, 1080 pages. This book written by Harold Waldwin Percival has been an inspiration to many since it was first published long ago. 

$26

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Man and Woman and Child, by Harold Percival, 180 pages. In this work, Harold Percival helps one discover one's true identity - the conscious self in the body. 

$14

 

 

 

 


Democracy is Self-Government, by Harold Percival, 240 pages. A Guide for Right Living in the New Age.  

$14

 

 

 

 

BOOKLETS by NYERGES

 

 

ANIMALS AS ORACULAR MESSENGERS, transcript of a Halloween night lecture by Christopher Nyerges. Includes symbolic interpretation of animals in daily life.

$7.

 

 

WHOSE CHILD IS THIS?, transcript of a Christmas lecture given to Philosophical Research Society by Christopher Nyerges. An exploration of the many symbols of Christmas (and Hannukah), and their practical meanings. A real eye-opener, especially if you never considered the origin of the diverse symbols we now associate with Christmas.

$7

 

 

GUIDE FOR SURVIVAL IN CATASTROPHES. Transcript of a lecture presented by Christopher Nyerges and John Watkins to a Mensa meeting in February 1986. What would it REALLY be like if modern society collapsed? What would you ACTUALLY do to live in strength after such an event? 8 ½ x 11 format, 17 pages.

$7

 

 

SURVIVING DROUGHT, ECONOMIC CALAMITY, AND OTHER WOES VIA THINKING. Transcript of a six-hour workshop by Christopher and Dolores Lynn Nyerges, given at Philosophical Research Society. See how we create all our problems. Learn the tools necessary to analyze what you can do better in your own personal life. 8 ½ x 11 format, 17 pages.

$7

 

 

WHY EAT WILD FOODS? by Dolores Lynn Nyerges Dolores originally wrote this as a chapter for the Guide to Wilds Foods book. However, she soon expanded it into this booklet, which also became the basis for many lectures. She discusses many of the problems with modern agriculture, such as hybridization, unnatural fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides, waxes, irradiation, and moral and spiritual considerations of using wild foods. We'd all be better off by learning about, and using, wild foods, as well as growing some of our own food, and supporting organic farmers, where possible.

$6

Other Booklets

 

 

SOLAR COOKING. Plans are provided for making two different types of solar cooker from inexpensive materials. After a few hours on a weekend, you can take scrap materials and make a simple device for cooking from the sun.

$7.50.

POOR MARSHALL'S MANUAL: The Individual Economics of Living on $99 per Month

Written in his own hand, Marshall Greenwood tells how he live (circa 1979) on $99 a month.  Reads like a modern version of Ben Franklin's Poor Richard's Almanac.  Full of practical tips and information.  51 pages, spiral bound.

 $12.

 

WHAT CAUSES GAS?  by Dolores Miller Nyerges

This has been one of our most popular booklets over the years. We recommend it to anyone who is considering buying epazote, or who has problems with indigestion or gas.  Includes some unusual information, including When you are eating, How you are eating, Where you are eating, and more.   20 pages.

$5.

 

PATTERNS


We sell several patterns for making your own clothing. If you have never done so, it is a remarkable feeling to make and wear your own garments. This is just a partial listing of the patterns available.


CAPOTE. A capote is a cape-like coat originally made by the Plains Indians from trade blankets. Adjustable for men and women of all sizes. A separate pattern is available for children.

$10


PLAINS INDIAN CLOTH DRESS. Create the Calico Plains Indian cloth dress, the ribbon dress, and the traditional trade cloth dress. Adjustable from sizes 8 to 20.

$10


MOCASSINS: Create your own leather mocassins following the instructions here.

$10

 

 

 

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KNIVES

 

EZE-LAP DIAMOND KNIFE SHARPENER

A good knife sharpener is a MUST. This one is compact, and fits into a leather case.

$22

 


COLD STEEL BUSHMAN

This is an awesome one-piece knife capable of incredible punishment, such as splitting logs (for making bows, or hearths for fire-making, etc.). The hollow handle allows you to attach a handle. High carbon steel. Includes a sheath. The blade is 7 inches; the knife is 12 1/4 inches overall.

$34

 

CANADIAN BELT KNIFE

The Cold Steel Canadian Belt Knife takes inspiration from the Grohman 1950's classic (from which the Herter’s Company made a very popular knock-off). This knife has all the features that made the original an award-winning, international favorite. This version is made out of German 4116 Stainless steel and hollow ground to a razor edge. It will glide through just about any material because its elliptical profile is very efficient at reducing cutting drag.

The Polypropylene handle is equally efficient, fitting snugly in any hand. It's slightly offset in relation to the blade to keep one’s fingers safely out of the way. Light and tough enough to endure hard knocks, it will never break or fall apart in the way a traditional wood handle is prone to do. (Correct, it does not have a full tang.)

This 2-ounce blade comes with a black Cor-Ex sheath. It's light, slim and compact enough to carry on your belt or slung from a cord around your neck.   Blade is 4”, overall length is 8 ½”.  Economically-priced.  $20.

 


 


NECK KNIFE

Our neck knife is handcrafted in California by custom knife maker Don Rehmke. This knife features high carbon O-1 Steel and comes with a custom kydex neck sheath.

The knife measures 6-3/8 overall with a 2-7/8 cutting edge* The knife is Blued to help prevent rust, however a light coating of oil is always recommended on non stainless steel knives.

We normally have these in stock. When the knives are not in stock, please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery.

Click Here for a larger image of the Neck Knife.

$85

 

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FIRE-MAKING


MAGNESIUM FIRE STARTER.   If Carlos likes it, you know it's good!

This is THE fire-starting tool that everyone should carry, all the time. It is a block of magnesium from which you scrape shavings. Then, using the built-in sparker, you ignite the powdered magnesium. This tool provides thousands of lights. No moving parts, nothing to re-fill or wear .

$7

 

 

BOW AND DRILL.

We assemble a primitive kit so you can practice fire-making the Old Way. You receive bow, drill, hearth, socket, and instructions.  Everyone should learn how to go into the woods and make a fire using this method.  In the meantime, you can practice with our kit until you achieve mastery.

$25

 

 

           THE HAND DRILL

This is the simplest, but hardest, method of primitive fire-starting which was more widely used than any other method.  We send you a mulefat hand drill, a baseplate of willow or ash, and instructions. It's best if you practice this with a partner.  Once you master this method, everything else is downhill.

$15

 

 

STEEL STRIKER  -- Gary demonstrates the striker with flint and charcloth.

 

This is a heavy-duty steel striker for making fire by the “flint-and-steel” method.  They’re made by a blacksmith and designed to wrap around your knuckles and hopefully prevent nicks and cuts.  Strike flint, quartz, or other sparkable rocks, and let the sparks shower into char cloth or steel wool.  Detailed directions for use can be found in Christopher’s How to Survive Anywhere book.  If you need assistance, let us know and we’ll include an instruction sheet with the striker. 

 

$15.

 

FLINT & STEEL KIT

Our standard kit includes a “U”-shaped steel, a piece of flint, cotton tinder, and instructions all packed into a tin. 

$15

 

 

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Sun Oven  -- Ed Begley out in the yard using his trusty Sun Oven.

 

SUN OVEN We've used our Sun Oven for nearly 20 years and it's still going strong. This is a great way to cook with the sun, and this is the best commercial solar oven we've seen. If there's an emergency and you don't have gas, you can cook during the day with this oven. If you can't make a fire, you can cook with this oven. And it's portable, with a handle. We've taken it on car-camping trips. Though some lower-quality solar ovens take a long time to work, this one has gotten up to 350 degrees f. on a summer day! This means that it takes no longer to cook in this oven as it does to cook with a conventional gas stove. This is a "must-have" addition to your home preparedness gear, and it's something you can use every day to demonstrate the power of the sun. Remember: A solution to our problems rises every morning. Suggested retail is $349, we sell it for $269. Shipping to your home is $32.85 if you live in the contiguous United States.  

 

$269 + $32.85 Shipping.

 

 

SunRocket Solar Kettle  --

 

When you fill this thermos with water and open the panels, it heats water in as little as 30 minutes, depending on weather. Then you close it up and it keeps the water hot. We didn't know what to think when we first set this out during one of our outing, but everyone was surprised how hot it got. We all made some coffee and hot tea! It's made from an evacuated glass tube made from Vycor glass (95% silica, high temperature and thermal shock resistant). The aluminum reflective panels are made of high-quality scratch and weather-resistant plastics. Also includes a pressure relief valve. This is great for quick hot water in the back yard when you can't use the stove, and it's great for camping trips. Cost is $59.50 and it costs $15 to ship.  

 

$59.50 + $15 Shipping.

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WILD-CRAFTING

 

FLORIAN RATCHET CLIPPERS

These are the original ratchet clippers that make it easy to cut wood and branches.  They are great in the garden, and in the field.  If you have been on Christopher's outings, he is using these all the time to make clean cuts to cut plants for food, or mulefat for hand drills and arrow shafts, or willow for bow drills, etc. etc. etc.  If you want a quality pair of clippers for long-term hard use, these are the ones you want.  Yes, you can buy cheaper knock-offs, but they won't last like these.

$30, specify traditional yellow, or purple. 

 $34 with nylon sheath

 

 

MUGWORT

"You can never have enough mugwort!" Dried mugwort is one of the best materials for getting your primitive fire going. You make a birdnest-shape from the dried leaves, add your ember and blow on it until you get a flame. Native Americans used mugwort cigars in the old days to carry thier ember from camp to camp. It is also used in Chinese acupuncture, called "moxa." You'll get a sandwich bag pouch of the dried leaves.

$7

 

 


EPAZOTE

Epazote (Chenopodium ambrosiodes) has been used in Mexico and Central America for centuries. It has been used for many herbal remedies, as well as a seasoning for bean dishes and other foods. It is most commonly known as an anti-flatulent [nature's Bean-O] when added to beans. Use in your cooked foods, or even add to dog food to prevent gas and indigestion. If you ever had to spend time in a bomb shelter, you'd really want to have some epazote with you.

$3.50

 


 "GROW YOUR OWN WILD FOOD PATCH" Starter Kit

Turn any unproductive part of your yard into a bountiful and delicious wild food patch! Get a package of wild seeds that are easily grown and will produce you with nutritious plants for nutritious meals. Note: It is not advisable to plant these wild seeds in your yard if you live near a native plant habitat, because it is very easy for the wild plants to spread and cause habitat disruption.

 

Lamb's Quarter Seed

Lamb's quarter seed (the leaves are eaten raw or cooked, and the seeds can be added to bread batter or soups)

$2.50

 


Curly Dock Seed

(the leaves are added to cooked dishes, or used like French sorrel in salads)

$2.50


 


Mallow

("cheeseweed") (the leaves are used in raw or cooked dishes, and the "cheeses" can be eaten)

$2.50

 


Wild Food Patch Starter Kit

Our Wild Food Patch Starter Kit comes with all three seeds, plus one more seed (depending on what we have available), and instructions.

$7.50

 

 

WOODENTURTLE’S WILD CALUMET SMOKING MIX.

This is a tobacco-free blend of wild herbs. We use manzanita leaf, mullein, mugwort, sage, passionflower leaf, yerba santa, willow bark, and others.

$12 a bag

 

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WATER-PURIFICATION

 

 

 

TIMBERLINE WATER FILTER.  This is a low-cost water filter that is easy to use, and easy to carry.   It will purify water from giardia, and othe biological contaminants.  The filter element can be replaced so you don't need to purchase an entirely new unit.  

$26

 

 

 

IODINE CRYSTALS FOR WATER PURIFICATION.  You receive 1/4 tsp. iodine crystals in a glass bottle, with instructions for purifying water. This is the best chemical method of water purification. (Obviously, boiling is best when you can make a fire).

$17