The Kaufmann Mercantile Guide

An everyday reference book for the utilitarian in us all, The Kaufmann Mercantile Guide is a considered collection of how-tos. Each is prefaced by an expert and includes original art work. Hard cover; 228 pages. Printed on FSC-certified paper. (more info)

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A trusty companion for the slow and thoughtful home, The Kaufmann Mercantile Guide: How to Split Wood, Shuck an Oyster and Master Other Simple Pleasures (Princeton Architectural Press) allows you to experience the singular satisfaction of doing it yourself. Each project, whether caring for cast iron or planting with the seasons, is supplemented with expert tips to inspire and empower.

Organized into five sections—Kitchen, Outdoors, Home, Gardening, and Grooming—the how-to guide features detailed instructions and original artwork for tasks both simple, such as brewing the perfect cup of coffee, and exploratory, such as fording a stream and reading the sky. Featured throughout are the Tools of the Trade, a collection of trusty products selected from our store that not only help you get the job done but are also a joy to use.

Our first foray into print, The Kaufmann Mercantile Guide is co-edited by editorial director Alexandra Redgrave and author Jessica Hundley. The idea for the book emerged when Princeton Architectural Press approached us after reading our online magazine, Field Notes.  

Use & Care

This guide is for dabblers and dedicated DIYers alike. Flip through the 48 different projects and choose the one that appeals most to you. Invite friends and family to help you master a new skill. You'll need an extra eye for hanging a piece of art (pg. 132) and someone to help taste test your first batch of red wine vinegar (pg. 34). Scribble your notes in the margin for the next person to read...


7.2” x 8.8” x 0.8” (18 cm x 22 cm x 2 cm)

Weighs 1.5 lbs (0.6 kg)

Hard cover
228 pages
Printed on FSC-certified paper

Princeton Architectural Press 
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