The Foxfire books
Is anyone here familiar with the Foxfire series of books? They basically detail all the early living skills here in America. From cabin building to making soap, these books show how to do it all. They were started as some student project many years ago and they went out into rural Appalacia to record how everything was done. They are very informative and I would recommend them highly. I think that they might still be in print. They are worth checking out.