We take thousands of inventions for granted, using them daily and enjoying their benefits. But how much do we really know about their origins and development? This absorbing new book tells the stories behind the inventions that have changed the world, with details about-- Convenience items, such as ..
'The Adjustable Spanner' is the product of thirty years collecting and original research, fired by Ron Geesin's acquisition of the SLIK adjustable spanner that hung in his father's garage. At the core of this book is a concise history of this much-maligned tool. Serious and comical observations para..
Car, train, ship or aeroplane - which form of transport is most harmful to the atmosphere? What do farming techniques such as agrochemicals do? What is 'acid rain' and what are effects of it? This book takes a look at the impact that our modern world is having on our surrounding environment, from ou..
Assault Rifle provides a comprehensive account of the development of the military assault rifle and its ammunition from WW2 to the present day. The book is in two parts. The first part includes: * Brief historical summary of the assault rifle, its origins and development. * Gun design including ope..
Here is a straightforward introduction, clear of technical jargan, to the complexities of the many radio and navigational systems that are commonly used on aircraft. It provides a fundamental overview of the principles and operation of many instruments and aids found aboard all types and sizes of ae..
Bees are an essential part of our natural world and their importance in pollinating our food crops cannot be overstated. Over a third of the world's food is dependent upon pollinators, of which the honey bee Apis mellifera is possibly the most important. This informative book introduces newcomers ..
There are many reasons for keeping ducks and geese. Not only are they lovely to look at, they will entertain you with their antics and make perfect 'pets' for adults and children alike. Ducks will eat troublesome slugs and snails as they follow you around the garden, making 'conversation' as they ..
Pulling carts around the farm or serving as loyal pack animals, goats are naturally hardworking and make for friendly companions. This straightforward guide teaches you how to choose, house, feed, train, and breed the best goats for your space and needs. Whether you want to churn out fresh dairy pro..
Enjoy a weekend breakfast featuring eggs, bacon, and honey from your own chickens, pigs, and bees, or a holiday meal with your own heritage-breed turkey as the main attraction. Gail Damerow covers everything you need to successfully raise your own farm animals, from selecting the right breeds to pro..
Whether you're splitting a cord of wood for your fireplace or managing acres of woodland, 'The Backyard Lumberjack' provides plenty of practical instruction and firsthand advice. Familiarize yourself with the proper equipment and safety gear, then learn how to fell, buck, split, and stack your own w..
This guidebook to the essential tools and skills needed for basic welding teaches even the novice everything they need to know to do it themselves, with projects and techniques specially tailored for farm and ranch equipment fabrication and repairs. Farmers, ranchers, and homesteaders who know how ..
The new eastern span of the Bay Bridge will open in October 2013 and beloved Chronicle author Donald MacDonald is its architect. McDonald and coauthor Ira Nadel now turn their signature charming approach onto this new Bay Area landmark. In friendly text and charming illustrations, this bijou volume ..