Colonial Lake Books

Arts & Skills Books

Beaded Chain Mail Jewelry - $29.00
Dylon Whyte. Chain mail is one of the hottest jewelry trends out there; add beads and the style positively sizzles. Bestselling author and chain mail expert Dylon Whyte presents his time-tested, time-saving techniques with more than 30 breathtaking projects, ranging from extremely simple to challenging. A thorough introduction, illustrated with computer-generated pictures, covers the basics of chain mail techniques. Then Whyte reveals his patented, perfected beading method: rather than using difficult wire-wrapping, he threads the beads directly onto the rings before they’re fashioned into chain mail. The exciting collection of 30 projects includes a delicate Persian patterned anklet, embellished with tiny silver bells; an amethyst opera-length necklace; and silver earrings shaped like inverted peacock feathers, edged with rings and turquoise beads. 144pp. Pb.

Celtic Art: The Methods of Construction - $27.00
George Bain. Discusses the mathematical structure of knotwork. Bain leads the artist through construction of numerous elaborate designs and calligraphy. Pb.

Chained: Create Gorgeous Chain Mail Jewellery One Ring At A Time - $29.00
Rebeca Mojica. Whether you are new to chain mail or a seasoned weaver, this book will introduce you to the art of combining metal jump rings into intricate designs, in a new way. No other book shows how to use so many weaves in so many ways, or gives this ancient art such a beautiful and modern twist. Techniques once used for armor now have a new life and can be used to create elegant adornments. Inside find: Clear, detailed step-by-step photos that will take you from opening and closing jump rings to finishing your first (or fiftieth!) project. Easy-to-navigate "Weave in a Nutshell" options for many weaves that will show advanced chain mail weavers the weave of a project in just a few steps. 22 beautiful projects plus dozens of variations, including earrings, bracelets, necklaces and pendants, each with its own skill level and time investment rating. Endless options: choose your favorite colors, your favorite metals, customize the size of your project, and find inspiration to add your own unique stamp to any piece of chain mail jewelry. Gather your pliers and piles of jump rings and weave your way to beautiful jewelry with Chained. 144pp. Pb.

Culpeper's Complete Herbal - $39.00
Nicholas Culpeper. The original Culpeper's Herbal, complete in all it's charm, humor and practicality. For over 350 years, this historic and definitive guide to herbal remedies, written by physician Nicholas Culpeper, has been the book to turn for anyone interested in using herbs. It includes details about where each herb can be found, its flowering time, astrology, and medical benefits. Best of all, it includes great low-tech, how-to information on how to prepare herbal pills, potions, lotions, plasters and more for do-it-yourself herbalists! Spiral bound for easy reference. 309pp. Sb.

De Magnete - $25.00
William Gilbert. Much of modern science is based upon the theories and discoveries of William Gilbert, the brilliant English physician and physicist who was the first great experimental scientist. Gilbert was the first to use the word "electricity," to recognize mass as distinct from weight, to discover the effect of heat upon magnetic bodies, to differentiate clearly between static electricity and magnetism, and to explain phenomena of terrestrial magnetism in terms of the earth as a giant magnet. In 1600 he published De Magnete in Latin. As lively and entertaining as it was scientifically scrupulous, it summarized everything that had previously been known about electricity and magnetism, founded a new science and earned Gilbert the title of "the father of modern electricity." In it Gilbert explores magnetism and electricity, lodestones, phenomena of magnetism, direction of the earth's magnetic lines of force, variation in the compass, dip, the concept of the earth as a giant magnet, and much else. This Dover edition is a complete, unabridged reprinting of the definitive English translation of De Magnete prepared by Dr. P. Fleury Mottelay. Dr. Mottelay has added a number of footnotes that explain points that might be obscure to today's readers, who will find in this historically important text invaluable insights into the origins of modern science and physics. Translation by P. F. Mottelay. 427pp. Pb.

De Re Metallica - $70.00
Georgius Agricola. One of the most important scientific classics of all time, this 1556 work on mining was the first based on field research and observation and the methods of modern science. 289 authentic Renaissance woodcuts. Translated by Herbert Hoover. 672pp Pb.

Handmade In Tasmania - $25.00
Steven French. The book features interviews with 35 Tasmanian artisans who talk about their craft, why they work in Tasmania, their inspirations and asperations.

Holbein Portrait Drawings - $13.00
Hans Holbein. Superb reproductions of 44 of Holbein's finest portrait drawings: Sir Thomas More, Jane Seymour, the Prince of Wales, Anne Boleyn, dozens more personalities from the court of Henry VIII. 48pp. Pb.

Medieval & Renaissance Furniture Plans - $49.00
Daniel Diehl & Mark P Donnelly. 36 projects for historic benches, chairs, tables, cupboards, chests, shelves, beds, and doors, all done with simple woodworking tools. 304pp. Pb.

Medieval Medicine - $22.00
James Walsh. "Medieval Medicine" is the story of the medical sciences in the Middle Ages. The history of medicine and surgery, and of the medical education of the Middle Ages, are quite as interesting as all the other phases of medieval accomplishments. The treatment of the topic in this brief book has been necessarily fragmentary, and yet it is hoped that the details which are given here may prove suggestive for those who have sufficient interest in the subject to wish to follow it, and may provide an incentive for others to learn more of this magnificent chapter of the work of the medieval physicians. 74pp. Pb.

Medieval Tile Designs - $25.00
John Gough Nichols. Little remains of the decorative ceramic tiles that once paved the floors of medieval churches and cathedrals. Abraded by time and use, stolen by collectors, or covered by new flooring, these handsome ornamental paving stones (also known as "encaustic tiles") have become rarities. This practical, inexpensive, and comprehensive archive — originally published in the mid-19th century — has preserved many of those ancient designs for future generations. It represents an invaluable source of design inspiration for permission-free use by today's artists and craftspeople. Adapted largely from tile motifs that once adorned English churches in Winchester, St. Cross, Romsey, and Warblington, 146 handsome images display a host of characteristically medieval patterns — crosses, churches, fleur-de-lis, stylized plant forms, mythological creatures, stars, abstract and geometric figures, and other authentic elements. 72pp. Pb.

Norse Magical and Herbal Healing - $24.00
Ben Waggoner. Written in Iceland around the year 1500, the little book now known only as AM434a is a treasure trove of medieval medical knowledge. The book lists healing uses for over ninety different herbs. It gives advice on health matters ranging from bloodletting to steam baths to the influence of the moon on health and human life. And it contains a number of magical spells, charms, prayers, runes, and symbols to bring health, wealth, and good fortune. The roots of the healing traditions in AM434a go back thousands of years before the book itself was written. This is the first complete English translation of AM434a. Complete notes and commentary explain this texts’s historical and cultural background. Medievalists, historians of science and magic, herbalists, and anyone interested in medieval Scandinavian lore and life will find this book indispensable. 146pp. Pb.

Orchesography - $29.00
Thoinot Arbeau. Probably the most valuable book on 16th-century dances and dance music. Describes the galliards, pavans, branles, gavottes, lavolta, basse dance, morris dance, canary, etc., with detailed instructions of steps involved. Throughout the text are references to the practices of 16th-century instrumental music, in addition to 47 dance tunes with 16th-century barring and notation. New introduction and notes by Julia Sutton. New labanotation section by Mireille Backer and Julia Sutton. 266pp. Pb.

Papermaking With Garden Plants & Common Weeds - $24.00
Helen Hiebert. Handmade paper has a unique texture and an individual quality that makes it not only a surface to write or print on, but also an object of beauty. With a small investment in equipment (or the supplies to make it from scratch), a small harvest of backyard weeds or garden plants, and the guidance of papermaking expert Helen Hiebert, anyone can make exquisite papers right in the home kitchen. Hiebert’s basic papermaking techniques, laid out in illustrated step-by-step instructions, make it easy to blend and shape a variety of organic papers from such common plants as hosta, milkweed, and thistledown, as well as the more unusual pineapple, yucca, and seaweed. She describes how to collect, harvest, and process the plant fibers and then create sheets using both Western and Japanese techniques. Inspired by the community of papermaking artists Hiebert features profiles of papermakers from around the world, highlighting their individual tips and techniques. She also includes project instructions for using handmade paper to create one-of-a-kind cards and envelopes, multi-paneled lampshades, and accordion-fold books. There are also instructions for embellishing techniques such as adding flower petals, creating collages, and dyeing with richly colored walnut shells. 112pp. Pb.

Roman Designs - $12.00
Polly Pinder. A beautifully illustrated photocopiable collection of decorative Roman designs—animals, birds, sea creatures, figures, flowers, borders and more. These classic designs will inspire craftspeople, artists, needleworkers and all those interested in creating their own original ideas and projects. 32pp. Pb.

Ships & Shipping in Medieval Manuscripts - $29.00
Joe Flatman. The ship loomed large in the medieval world and mind: whether cruising upriver laden with grain, cresting the high seas bristling with guns, or symbolizing a wealth of virtues, from power and promise to strength and safety. Both upstream and downstream, inland and offshore, ships of every size and shape provided a vital means of travel, transport, and trade, linking villages and cities, land and sea, countries and continents. Here marine archaeologist Joe Flatman focuses on these everyday vessels in manuscript illuminations — drawn from the British Library’s matchless collection — in order to trace the changing shape of ships in European life and culture from the eleventh to the sixteenth centuries, a period of unprecedented technological and maritime progress. To unravel the realities and myths of the maritime world, Flatman first explores its multi-layered symbolism, essentially Christian, but rooted in pagan culture. Highlighting the dichotomy between life-giving freshwater and death-dealing saltwater, he explores the mythology behind the serene streams which promise hope and salvation and the stormy seas that teem with bewitching sirens and shipwrecked sailors. Turning to the realities of seaside life, this volume further examines the extraordinary advances in shipping and naval warfare, alongside an expanding maritime culture that came to include seafaring folk at work and play, on bustling decks and busy shores. Vividly brought to life by over 150 diverse images — from mermaids to eels, barges to warships — the book paints a vibrant portrait of maritime life during an era of unmatched progress, expansion, and interest. 144pp. Hb.

Tan Your Hide! - $25.00
Phyllis Hobson. Here is explained just what you need to tan your own leather and fur, and all the steps involved in doing it right. The end result is a handsome and durable homemade article that will last for many years. And once you have tanned your furs and leathers, the second half of the book tells you how to make basic fur and leather products, with patterns you can follow for certain success. 135pp. Pb.

The Fragrant Past: Perfumes of Cleopatra and Julius Caesar - $19.00
Giuseppe Donato. This volume recounts the attempt by the Italian National Research Council's Service of Archaeological Subsidiary Sciences to reconstruct a number of prefumes or ointments from the period of Cleopatra and Julius Caesar. The rediscovery of ancient perfumes is complicated by the limited evidence that survives; but the authors familiarized themselves with what is known of the original methods of antiquity, and made scientific study of traces of aromatic products from a first-century AD tomb located in Mangalia, by the Black Sea. Their discussion includes an outline of their methods, and discussion of ancient ingredients and their sources from the perfume and spice routes of the Ancient World. 61pp. Pb.

The Pavilion Book - $57.00
John LaTorre. Here in one book is your complete guide to buying, maintaining, and living in a Medieval-style tent. The author, a professional tentmaker and long-time re-enactment enthusiast, tells you about: Choosing the best tent for your budget and needs; How to make your tent last longer and perform better; What you need to know about ropes and stakes; Cleaning and repairing your tent; Laying out your campsite for maximum comfort; Furnishing and painting your tent. The book includes a section that gives the tentmaker information on designing the ideal tent, including: Designing a tent Choosing the right fabric for your tent; Choosing the right sewing machine and tools; How to sew seams, hems, and reinforcements; Choosing the right wood for tent poles; Making your tent more water-resistant and flame-resistant; Step-by-step instructions for making a simple but versatile sunshade. 168pp. Pb.

The Trotula: An English Translation of the Medieval Compendium of Women's Medicine - $57.00
Monica H Green (Edit and Trans). This book was the most influential compendium of women's medicine in medieval Europe. Scholarly debate has long focused on the traditional attribution of the work to the mysterious Trotula, said to have been the first female professor of medicine in eleventh or twelfth century Salerno, just south of Naples, then the leading center of medical learning in Europe. Yet as Monica H. Green reveals in her introduction to the first English translation ever based upon a medieval form of the text, the Trotula is not a single treatise but an ensemble of three independent works, each by a different author. To varying degrees, these three works reflect the synthesis of indigenous practices of southern Italians with the new theories, practices, and medicinal substances coming out of the Arabic world. Green here presents a complete English translation of the so-called standardized Trotula ensemble, a composite form of the texts that was produced in the midthirteenth century and circulated widely in learned circles. The work is now accessible to a broad audience of readers interested in medieval history, women's studies, and premodern systems of medical thought and practice. 248pp. Pb.

Treasures of the Royal Courts: Tudors, Stuarts & The Russian Tsars - $59.00
Victoria & Albert Museum: Exhibition Catalogues. This beautiful book explores the diplomatic, trade and cultural exchanges between the courts of Britain and Russia, from the reign of Henry VIII to the death of Charles II. Through the material life of the courts, the gifts of the diplomats and the commissions of the monarchs, the book presents an overview of privileged living in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries - illustrating the material life of the leading personalities of the period. Engaging and authoritative, Treasures of the Royal Courts uses superb new photography to illustrate chapters on diplomacy, silver, portraits, miniatures, arms and armour, heraldry, textiles and jewellery by experts from the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Kremlin Museum, Moscow. 176pp. Hb.


Shire Publications

Shire Classics: Discovering First Names - $10.00
Stan Jarvis. This popular and handy guide includes some 2300 first names in use in Britain today, set out in alphabetical order. It gives, wherever possible, the meaning of each name with its derivation and language of origin. In cases of unusual names, mention is made of famous people who have borne them. This list is as exhaustive as possible, so that it includes not only the older names which have become popular by association, but also the modern 'invented' names which, though they lack the etymological pedigree, have become popular through sound alone. Pb.

Shire Classics: Discovering Saints in Britain - $10.00
John Vince. This book tells the life stories of the more familiar saints, the associated folklore, the patronage, the emblems, the place names, the shrines and the festivals. There is a calendar of saints' days. 96pp. Pb.

Shire Publications: Almshouses - $10.00
Anna Hallett. Almshouses - shelter offered by religious institutions to needy elderly people - come in a variety of architectural styles and often have interesting features, including coats of arms, clock-towers and sundials, many have chapels and gardens. 64pp. Pb.

Shire Publications: Beers and Breweries - $10.00
Roger Putman. This book explores beer's six-thousand-year history and explains how different styles emerged through the use of different materials and processing methods. The story is brought up to date with an insider's expose of the modern brewing process and an account of which processing aids are employed and why. 56pp. Pb.

Shire Publications: Church Misericords & Bench Ends - $10.00
Richard Hayman. With the increasing disappearance of stained glass in medieval churches, the surviving wood carvings on church misericords and bench ends are extremely important in providing an insight into the medieval mind. The carved images were often used to convey the messages of the Christian faith in the Middle Ages but they were not just concerned with religion and religious symbols – they also told stories of mythology, humour and satire, showing illustrations of everyday life and people. This book outlines the history of church seating and discusses the craftsmen and the influences behind their work. Using illustrations, the author then explains the subject matter of these wood carvings, revealing how one can discover so much about medieval life – the spiritualism, moralism and the wit – within the carvings still found in churches today. 64pp. Pb.

Shire Publications: Clay and Cob Buildings - $10.00
John McCann. This book describes the various processes of building with earth, examines the regional patterns and illustrates standing buildings of clay and cob in many parts of Britain. 64pp. Pb.

Shire Publications: Dovecotes - $10.00
Peter Hansell. This book explains why it was important to keep pigeons and describes the wide variety of buildings that were constructed to house them over the years. 40pp. Pb.

Shire Publications: Egyptian Woodworking and Furniture - $10.00
Geoffrey Killen. Gives a description of Egyptian woodworking since the earliest times. This book examines the sources of wood and other materials used by Egyptian carpenters. It also explains the techniques used to embellish timber and the complex joints employed in carcase construction and describes woodworking tools and processes throughout the Dynastic period. 64pp. Pb.

Shire Publications: Framework Knitting - $10.00
Marilyn Palmer. This book explains how the stocking framed worked, describes the lives of the knitters and illustrates the kinds of buildings in which knitting was done. 32pp. Pb.

Shire Publications: Glass And Glassmaking - $10.00
Roger Dodsworth. A general introduction to the vast and complex subject of glass, not only the history and technology of glassmaking but also the social background of the lives of the glassmakers. 32pp. Pb.

Shire Publications: Irish Megalithic Tombs - $10.00
Elizabeth Shee Twohig. This is a summary of the research that has been carried out on 'megalithic' tombs such as Newgrange and Knowth in County Meath. The four main tomb types are described. Plans and photographs illustrate their main features together with a brief history of the tombs and there is also a glossary of the terms used. 72pp. Pb.

Shire Publications: Limekilns And Limeburning - $10.00
Richard Williams. Disused limekilns in various degrees of dilapidation can be seen all over Britain. The best known are probably those near harbours or coves but there are many on farmland, in disused quarries or beside inland waterways. Limeburning appears to have been practised in prehistoric times in the Middle East but the more extensive use of lime for mortar and agricultural manure may be attributed to the Romans. In this book the author describes the development of limeburning, the different types of limekiln and siting considerations. 32pp. Pb.

Shire Publications: Megalithic Tombs and Long Barrows in Britain - $10.00
Frances Lynch. This book covers all the great tombs of the first farmers in Britain, both the earthen mounds and the huge stone chambers. The dramatic stone monuments of Scotland, Wales, Cornwall and the Cotswolds and the less awe-inspiring earth and timber megalithic tombs and long barrows of southern and north-eastern England are described and illustrated with plans and photographs. The various regional groups are defined and described in a series of short, well-illustrated sections and the book ends with a list of sites to visit covering monuments of each type in all parts of Britain. 64pp. Pb.

Shire Publications: Pargeting - $10.00
Tim Buxbaum. Pargeting is the decoration of plastered and rendered finishes on the outside of a building. It is associated mainly with East Anglia, but there is a revival of interest in the technique. This study describes how craftsmen are being commissioned to renew their acquaintance with pargeting. 32pp. Pb.

Shire Publications: Romano-British Coin Hoards - $10.00
Richard Abdy. The best testament to Britain's participation in Graceo-Roman civilisation is its 'hidden' monuments: hoards of household valuables or decorations and also rich hoards of gold, silver and bronze coins. This book provides an introduction to Romano-British coin hoards and places major discoveries in the story of the Roman province's monetary system. 72pp. Pb.

Shire Publications: Shawls - $10.00
Pamela Clabburn. The shawl, either woven, printed, knitted, crocheted or embroidered, has been a fashion accessory for more than two hundred years. It originally came from the East and was extensively copied in Europe. This book traces the development of one type of shawl which came from Kashmir and was so much admired in Britain that three centres in particular, Norwich, Edinburgh and Paisley, copied and adapted the designs and techniques. 40pp. Pb.

Shire Publications: Shoemaking - $10.00
June Swann. Before the 1920s everyone knew the local cobbler, a worthy representative of the ‘gentle craft’, who repaired shoes and made them look like new for a few pence. This book tells the story of shoemaking from the days of the isolated shoemaker, who made a shoe right through, to the groups of men who worked with apprentices in larger towns and served the customer direct. It shows the growth of mass production in the seventeenth century. Finally the book shows the late development of mechanisation in the 1850s and the rigidity it imposed. 32pp. Pb.

Shire Publications: Sundials - $10.00
Christopher St J. H. Daniel. Sundials have played an important role in regulating the daily life of mankind throughout Europe and the British Isles. This text describes and illustrates each particular class of sundial likely to be found on buildings, in churchyards, public squares, and remote countryside locations. 48pp. Pb.

Shire Publications: Tatting - $10.00
Pam Palmer. Tatting is the craft of making lace with a shuttle. Its charm lies in the repetition of simple motifs. This title traces the development of tatting from the eighteenth-century pastime of knotting, through its emergence as a craft in Victorian times, to modern innovations. It is illustrated with examples from museums and private collections. 32pp. Pb.

Shire Publications: The Drovers - $10.00
Shirley Toulson. Before vehicular transport, cattle and other animals were required to walk long distances in vast herds supervised by Drovers. This book describes the animals and outlines the routes they followed. 56pp. Pb.

Shire Publications: The Salt Industry - $10.00
Andrew Fielding. Salt can be obtained by evaporation from sea water or inland from brine springs, and following the discovery of rock salt deposits it has also been mined. This book explains the various processes by which salt is obtained and traces the history of the industry in Britain. 56pp. Pb.