July 24, 2011, 7:15 pm
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Cloudburst, A Handbook of Rural Skills and Technology, was conceived of by Vic Marks in the early 1970’s as a guidebook for those wishing to move to the country and begin back-to-the-land lifestyle. Born on Mayne Island, British Columbia and Marks’ books were stuffed with useful information and excellent detailed instruction and illustrations.

Some of the skills covered in book above are things like how to build  a 16ft personal dome, building a chicken coop, sauna construction, smoking fish, and making cheese. Vic Marks went on to publish several more Cloudburst magazines along with other publications on natural food and at least one book on foraging for edible wild mushrooms and another on poisonous and hallucinogenic mushrooms. A 25th Anniversary edition of Cloudburst was published not long ago by his new press, Hartley and Marks.

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The rocking chair shot is magic — this reminds me of a cool video if you haven’t already seen it:


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