Crafts and Skills

Crafts and Skills

These are Shell Book titles in English relating to crafts.

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Bicycle Maintenance, Book 1
 42 Downloads
 630.14 KB
 08-May-2020

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

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

Mending a flat tyre.

Bicycle Maintenance, Book 3
 105 Downloads
 615.82 KB
 08-May-2020

All about the chain.

Bicycle Maintenance, Book 4
 132 Downloads
 958.01 KB
 08-May-2020

How to adjust the brakes.

Bicycle Maintenance, Book 5
 128 Downloads
 542.7 KB
 08-May-2020

Safety, comfort and light repairs.

A Bicycle Trailer
 127 Downloads
 764.97 KB
 12-May-2020

A bicycle trailer can be used for many different purposes.

A Recipe for Wheat Bread
 122 Downloads
 1.96 MB
 12-May-2020

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

Breeze Blocks
 110 Downloads
 956.6 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".

How To Make Bricks
 111 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.

Building with Bricks and Breeze Blocks
 107 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.

A Simple Chicken-feeder
 97 Downloads
 545.55 KB
 15-May-2020

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

How To Make Green Mango Chutney
 91 Downloads
 688.34 KB
 15-May-2020

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

First Steps in Crochet
 92 Downloads
 690.82 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.

Decorative and Useful Walls
 95 Downloads
 2.27 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.

A Tough Doormat
 94 Downloads
 522.59 KB
 15-May-2020

How to make a doormat from bottle tops.

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

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

A Bottle-top Fish Scaler
 102 Downloads
 487.1 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.

Smoking Fish
 89 Downloads
 498.13 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.

A Useful Fly Trap
 97 Downloads
 737.61 KB
 21-May-2020

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

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

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

Preserve your Food by Drying
 95 Downloads
 1.63 MB
 21-May-2020

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

Making Jam
 84 Downloads
 759.3 KB
 22-May-2020

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

First Steps in Knitting
 89 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.

Protection from Lightning
 81 Downloads
 1.09 MB
 22-May-2020

Advice on how to protect buildings from lightning strikes.

Two Fuel Saving Ovens
 93 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.

How to Make a Pom-Pom
 74 Downloads
 606.2 KB
 22-May-2020

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

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

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

How to Make a Rat Trap
 78 Downloads
 1.13 MB
 26-May-2020

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

How to use a Sewing Machine
 85 Downloads
 3.13 MB
 26-May-2020

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

Make Your Own Soap
 80 Downloads
 662.92 KB
 26-May-2020

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

Soya Milk from Soya Beans
 70 Downloads
 556.71 KB
 26-May-2020

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

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

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

Bamboo Water Pipes
 76 Downloads
 852.33 KB
 26-May-2020

How to construct a water pipeline from bamboo.

Collecting Rainwater
 82 Downloads
 1.93 MB
 26-May-2020

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

How to Make a Water Filter
 71 Downloads
 1.04 MB
 26-May-2020

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

The Tippy Tap
 65 Downloads
 634.22 KB
 26-May-2020

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

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

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

Banana Chips
 56 Downloads
 852.42 KB
 22-Jun-2020

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

How to Make Cassava Doughnuts
 64 Downloads
 624.22 KB
 22-Jun-2020

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

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

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

Candle-making
 56 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.

How to Make Indigo Dye
 50 Downloads
 930.29 KB
 28-Jul-2020

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

Mixed Fruit Juice
 55 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.

Making a Mud Stove
 56 Downloads
 907.6 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.

Evaporative Cooling, Book 1
 48 Downloads
 1.71 MB
 25-Aug-2020

Inexpensive fridges to preserve your fruit and vegetables. 

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

How to Make a Zeer Pot Fridge.

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

How to build a static, cooling chamber.

Water Hyacinth
 47 Downloads
 1.7 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.

Fruit Leathers
 46 Downloads
 773.84 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.

Using a Sandbar to Grow Pumpkins
 52 Downloads
 742.6 KB
 09-Sep-2020

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

How to Make a Skirt
 41 Downloads
 1.78 MB
 28-Sep-2020

This book comprises a step-by-step guide to making skirts in three different styles: gathered, circle and maxi.

Making a Pack-saddle
 42 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.

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

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

Charcoal Briquettes
 39 Downloads
 1012.13 KB
 04-Mar-2021

How to turn woody waste into charcoal briquettes.

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

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

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

Compressed Earth Blocks