Agricultural Mechanics: Fundamentals and Applications

As a kid, I spent hours flipping through my Boy Scout handbook.  Where else could I learn about snowshoeing, semaphore, knots, and flag etiquette?  While I still consult BSA handbook — to be discussed in a future post — I’ve recently discovered THE resource for anyone interested in learning basic DIY skills.  From welding to working with concrete to small-engine maintenance, you can learn the fundamentals of the skills you need to create, repair, and maintain a home.

For my fellow liberal arts majors and philosophers, this is your opportunity to the learn the skills your ancestors learned in shop class or on the farm.

I never had an opportunity in high school to learn these skills.  Did you?  If not, how have you learned these skills?  What resources would you recommend?

**Update:  You can purchase the 3rd edition of this book — the version I have at home — for as little as 99 cents on Alibris!**