The Lost Ways Review
The Lost Ways Review
My oldest daughter is eight and her younger sister is seven. By no means do they lack in the academic area, and they are considered advanced by the criteria laid out by state-mandated tests. I’d consider them both very artistic and imaginative children. Coming from a proud father I’ve been told by their teachers and daycare staff that they’re very bright children.
Several days ago as I sat with my two children, the reality of how dependent our society is on technological amenities hit me like a ton of bricks.
Somehow we got on the topic of my maps app not working when I lost cell phone service. I told them this was never a real problem because I carry a map under my seat.
The two of them looked at me dumbfounded. In their defense, they both know what a map is. They know what they look like and even how they are designed. The problem was they had no affinity for how one would be used in the event the GPS didn’t work. This is when I realized that the world needed more collections like “The Lost Ways”.
- Berries. High in fiber, berries are naturally sweet, and their rich colors mean they are high in antioxidants and disease-fighting nutrients.
- Fish. Fish can be a good source of protein and omega-3 fatty acids, which help prevent heart disease.
- Olive oil. Olive oil is a good source of vitamin E, polyphenols, and monounsaturated fatty acids, all which help reduce the risk of heart disease.
- Leafy greens. Dark, leafy greens are a good source of vitamin A, vitamin C, and calcium, as well as several phytochemicals (chemicals made by plants that have a positive effect on your health). They also add fiber into the diet.
- Nuts. Hazelnuts, walnuts, almonds, pecans — nuts are a good source of plant protein. They also contain monounsaturated fats, which may be a factor in reducing the risk of heart disease.
So What Exactly Is The Lost Ways?
The Lost Ways is a digital publication that has been turned into a series or program. Now on the third edition, this publication continues to pass on a vast plethora of knowledge that has sadly been lost through our rapidly changing technological world.
I wouldn’t call The Lost Ways a survival guide or a doomsday scenario book. Sure, the information contained in the program could help you in such scenarios. Limiting it to a survival guide would simply not do it justice.
The Lost Ways series tells a story. It connects our modern-day, convenience-filled, instant gratification lifestyle, to the more rugged, do-it-yourself days of our ancestors. The outline of the series provides a very unique sense of entertainment to the mix.
One chapter in the book outlines how pioneers would have treated a series of bee stings after a hive falls from a tree. Spoiler alert: They didn’t run to the pharmacy.
The book discusses a very rudimentary method of making a paste to soothe the throbbing sting of the bees.
I’ve tried several of the methods out in The Lost Ways including this one, and so far they’ve all been very efficient. The Lost Ways is a perfect title for a book that reintroduces us to exactly that.
Our ancestors did a great job of overcoming hardships and did the best they could to pass that knowledge on to us. Why have we had so much trouble implementing this knowledge? The author Claude Davis does an excellent job elaborating on this, as well as predicting future consequences if we continue down this same path.
That is exactly what sets this program apart from any other survival or home remedy guide. The narrative weaves in and out perfectly, bridging the gap between survival guide and pre-apocalyptic warning story spoken from the platform of our elders.
What Will I Learn and What’s Inside?
The first section of the book teaches about pioneers and how they used self-feeding fire. Here you are given a list of the materials you need as well as a step-by-step guide.
The section on food begins with recipes from the Civil War, then backtracks to give us a plethora of choices from the 1700s, giving more to the pioneer theme. This section flawlessly segues into a section about how our forefathers trapped before giving us the basics on what we need to build our trapping cages.
After the recipe section, The Lost Ways touches on some healing ideas. This is where the bee sting remedy was plucked from. You’ll also find guides on how to make pastes for burns and boils.
You’ll learn how to store all the foods and rewards from trapping as well. Different types of root cellars and dry storages are outlined in this section, as well as the materials you’ll need to create these storage areas.
Follow The Stars
The rustic journey continues as the author shows you how to navigate without a map. This is one of my favorite sections. It contains four or five different ways to navigate without a GPS or map at all.
What rustic pioneer book would be complete without a lesson on moonshining. Claude Davis takes you on a ride to hillbilly heaven in this section. Learn how to make moonshine and brew your beer as well.
After you finish drinking your homemade brew it’s time to go make some bullets. There’s a huge section on fashioning your metal bullets, as well as creating gun powder, and how to store all these dangerous components.
If you like knives this section is for you. The author outlines the whole process of creating a knife, including forging and grinding the blade. You’re shown how to harden it on the last step to produce your finished product. This is a method I’ve yet to try yet but am very eager to get started.
Soap and Hygeine
This section outlines the process of creating your own soap and other at-home hygiene methods. You’ll find recipes for different wet and dry soaps.
The Donner Party
This is actually one of my favorite sections of the book. Most people know the story of the Donner party and what happened to them attempting to cross Donner Pass in California. There is perhaps no tale more famous when it comes to survival. The Donner Party is a perfect way to highlight a survival situation and explain what could have been done better. In case you don’t know, the Donner Party was a group of pioneers who ended up snowbound in the Sierra Mountains in 1846. Of the 87 members only 48 survived the ordeal.
Journals were kept and recovered later. The group was unprepared for the grueling trip through the massive mountain pass. The author does an excellent job of using this as a lesson in survival.
He highlights how the work should have been delegated different amongst men and women and changes that could have been made regarding their survival equipment. Food preparations are also highlighted and how tragedy on the trip could have possibly been avoided.
Those familiar with the Donner Party can get a great idea of where the author went with this book. Themes abound throughout and how changes may or may not have been made. The translation for applying these issues to modern day situations is what makes The Lost Ways a truly unique reading experience.
Rounding It Out
The author rounds everything out with a tutorial on a wood-burning stove, then touches on how our ancestors milled.
This is the basic outline of The Lost Ways, but there is a lot more information between all these sections including the back referencing to the pioneer days that makes this book so intriguing.
Who Wrote The Lost Ways?
It should come as no surprise that author Claude Davis is a professional survival expert. His ability as an actual author is what sets him apart from the next survival guru.
Davis takes us back to the earliest days of American settlers and touches on our evolution to explain exactly how we arrived at where we are today. He then offers a solution to these problems in the way of the remedies and methods outlined in the book.
The passion that Davis has for transferring this knowledge to younger generations shines through in the book. It’s also a tribute to the settlers that gave us this knowledge. This quote is a perfect example of how Davis feels about the need to get back to our roots:”As a species, we are reaching a tipping point. There are seven billion of us on this small blue planet, with around 1 million more people being added every 4.8 days.
We may well find that in the coming years, those old skills used by our grandparents suddenly become needed again.
The next major crisis, EMP, war, or any major disaster that you can think of will teach us the hard way.
Many of us will die because so many of us are so detached from real life.”
1. The Layout
As I stated before, the layout of the book is what sets it apart from any other survival-related book on the market. It gives you the how and the why.
2. All Natural
I’m a big advocate for all-natural products. Everything you’re taught how to create and use is one hundred percent all-natural.
3. No Need To Wait
There’s no need to wait for some catastrophe to apply the knowledge you learn in The Lost Ways. Although technically many of the remedies, recipes, and tutorials from the book would work, you can start putting them into action at any time.
That’s the beauty of the book itself. The connections made between our modern-day society and the pioneer days give you a sense of something lost. It left me longing to get back to my roots.
The urge to live a life of simpler means grew as I got further into the book. Claude Davis does a great job of transmitting his passion for a throwback to this life to his readers.
The one thing I would change about The Lost Ways would be the recipe heavy content. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good recipe as much as the next guy, and the recipes in the book fit in with the theme here. The author is just so good at transforming the tutorials into a mixture of “how-to”, history lesson, and narrative that it left a lot to the imagination.
I wanted to learn more things about treating medical situations. Learning about storage and root cellars gave me the urge to build stuff.
I am very much a hands-on, do-it-yourself type of guy. I love to build. The Lost Ways is a perfect opportunity to lay that type of content on thick. This is something that I would have loved to see.
In no way does this take away from the overall impact and efficiency of the book. This is just speaking from a personal platform and building and craftsmanship resonate with me. This is the exact reason I’ll be waiting on the fourth version of The Lost Ways.
The Bottom Line
The thing that stands out to me the most about The Lost Ways is its potential to reach a lot of different demographics. The mixture of tutorial and history is rich with an intriguing narrative that can speak to almost anybody.
Are you a do it yourselfer? This book has something for you. If you’re a prepper and truther, you’ll find this book intriguing. If you’re looking for a new twist on recipes to trim your budget and make life simple, this book is absolutely for you.
I grew up in the ’80s and ’90s, and to me, that was a generation that bridges the gap between the “old days” and the information age. There is a piece of me that remains steadfast in a day where hard work and simplicity were valued more, but I’ve stepped into the age of information and convenience and learned to adapt to it.
There is a very large part of me that yearns to exist in those simpler times. I appreciate the fulfillment of building and creating with my own hands. Growing my food gives me a feeling that I fear the newer generations will lack as the future continues to unfold. The Lost Ways shows me a door into those simpler times.
The bottom line for me is The Lost Ways is a book not to be missed. In today’s uncertain times, the content that lies within the pages of this book can be put to use by almost anyone. We never know if and when disaster may strike. Having lessons like this at your fingertips could potentially be a lifesaver.
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