BOOK OF THE WEEK


Throughout history, every era that has welcome innovation has also brought with it a longing for simpler times; these days, you might call it analog versus digital. Add to that the growing fascination with survival skills (born, in part, by doomsday preppers), and you have the perfect environment for Primitive Technology.


That’s the name of a hugely popular YouTube channel launched by John Plant in 2015. In a series of silent, low-key videos, the Queensland, Australia native creates tools, builds various structures and creates clothing using only materials found in the wild.


With almost 10 million subscribers and an average of 5 million views per video, the channel is beloved by a wide-ranging fan base, from campers and preppers to hipster woodworkers and craftsmen. Plant’s first book, “Primitive Technology: A Survivalist's Guide to Building Tools, Shelters, and More in the Wild,” provides a detailed, behind-the-scenes look into his process.


Featuring 50 projects with step-by-step instructions on how to make tools, weapons, shelters, pottery, clothing and more, “Primitive Technology” is the ultimate guide to the craft. Each project is accompanied by illustrations, as well as mini-sidebars with the history behind each item, plus helpful tips for building, sourcing materials and suggestions for a basic tool kit, to name a few of the book’s features.


The book has been hailed by Outside magazine and Recoil Offgrid, a disaster prep and survival site that praised it as “a survivalist guide book you can bring into the backcountry.” Published Oct. 29, it holds the title of No. 1 Best Seller in Hiking & Camping Instruction Guides on Amazon, where it also ranks high in Safety & First Aid, Nature Crafts and Nature Resources.


There the book has earned an average review of 4.6 out of five stars from nearly two dozen customers. Many praised the illustrations and in-depth instructions, with one stating “It almost reads like some of the best articles National Geographic has had on primitive cultures.”


To purchase or learn more, go to https://amzn.to/2NOl2Au.


IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ...


Eight major development projects headed for Brooklyn


Two years from now, the Brooklyn you see today will not exist anymore. Here is a look at eight projects that will bring life back to vacant properties and places where surface parking lots currently exist.


Trevato Development Group plans to break ground on an adaptive reuse project in the Brooklyn neighborhood that will convert 339 and 301 Park Street into Jacksonville’s first food hall.


Plans have yet to be presented to the Downtown Development Review Board for approval, but as told to the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) the group is roaring forward with plans to convert the former Trophy Center and former Catlin Studebaker buildings into a sprawling complex with full service anchor restaurants, indoor food stalls with communal seating, an outdoor beer garden/dining courtyard, and a flex space for temporary vendors.


From The Jaxson, Nov. 5; read the full story at http://bit.ly/2NjG8aX.


STAT CHECK


Days on Market Until Sale* for September 2019 as reported by the Northeast Florida Association of Realtors.


September 2017: 66


September 2018: 65 (-1.5%)


September 2019: 67 (+3.1%)


*The category tracks and compares the average sales price of all closed sales (not accounting for seller concessions) in a given month. A complete market report is available at Nefar.com.


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Compiled by Homes editor Anne Hammock. Know of a tool, book or news tip you’d like to share with ShopTalk readers? Send details to ahammock@jacksonville.com or call (904) 359-4628.