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 1.  Shelter

Kahn, Lloyd (Editor), and Easton, Bob (Editor) Shelter Publications 2000 936070110 2nd ed. Illustrated. Trade paperback


In times past people built their own homes, grew their own food, made their own clothes. Knowledge of the building crafts and other skills of providing life's basic needs were generally passed along from father to son, mother to daughter, master to apprentice. Then with industrialization and the population shift from country to cities, this knowledge was put aside and much of it has now been lost. We have seen an era of unprecedented prosperity in America based upon huge amounts of foreign and domestic resources and fueled by finite reserves of stored energy. And as we have come to realize in recent years, we are running out. Materials are scarce, fuel is in short supply, and prices are escalating. To survive, one is going to have to be either rich or resourceful. Either more dependent upon, or freer from centralized production and controls. The choices arc not clear-cut, for these are complex times. But it is obvious that the more we can do for ourselves, the greater will our individual freedom and independence be. This book is not about going off to live in a cave and growing all one's own food. It is not based on the idea that everyone can find an acre in the country, or upon a sentimental attachment to the past. It is rather about finding a new and necessary balance in our lives between what can he done by hand and what still must be done by machine. For in times to come, we will have to find a responsive and sensitive balance between the still-usable skills and wisdom of the past and the sustainable products and inventions of the 20th century. Of necessity or by choice, there may be a revival of handwork in America. We are certainly capable, and these inherent, dormant talents may prove to be some of our most valuable resources in the future. This book is about simple homes, natural materials, and human resourcefulness. It is about discovery, hard work, the joys of self-sufficiency, and freedom. It is about shelter, which is more than a root overhead. Lloyd Kah 
Price: 24.95 USD

 2.  Shelter II

Kahn, Lloyd & Easton, Bob 0936070498 / 9780936070490 Paperback

Brand New 

Shelter II was published in 1978, five years after our book Shelter. It was a sequel in a sense, but not with the exuberance or spirit of Shelter. Rather, it was a more sober and practical book (in black and white, not color) for an owner-builder interested in building a simple stud-frame house. The heart of the book consists of an introduction to the principles of house design, followed by a condensed 24-page instruction manual for the novice builder for building a stud-frame home: foundation, floor, wall and roof framing; roofing, windows, doors, interior finish, as well as plumbing and electrical work. Featured is a section of complete, to-scale drawings by Bob Easton of seven different homes, accompanied by floor plans. These unique drawings allow the first-time builder to visualize each structure as a whole by showing every member of the house frame. Indigenous builders are studied with an eye to the still-usable skills of the past. There are many photos of North American houses and barns — still-standing reminders of an era of practical building. Rehabilitation projects then underway in major cities are also covered. There’s a critical analysis of domes — they were found to be neither practical nor durable, and there’s a detailed critique of America’s program in those years to establish colonies in space. Shelter II tells a story: practical builders — past and present, country or city — have always built with time-tested techniques and materials readily at hand: lumber, earth, stone, concrete, brick, thatch, or abandoned city buildings. Design governed by weather, purpose, and economy. Building technique as determined by tradition, experience, and practice. Then, as now, initiative and hand labor by owners can beat the high cost of building and reduce or eliminate lifetime mortgage obligations. Out of print for some 20 years,Shelter II is an integral part of the Shelter Publications suite of books on handbuilt homebuilding, and we’re happy to make it available once again. 
Price: 19.95 USD



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