By Larry Haun
“… Larry Haun is as a lot a historian and thinker as he's a 60-year veteran chippie. Larry’s memoir will be both at domestic at the bookshelves of domestic development and structure fans as an individual on a non secular journey.”
- Brian Pontolilo, Editor, fantastic Homebuilding Magazine
The unforgettable memoir of a mythical builder. You don’t need to be a wood worker to understand this attention-grabbing publication that Publishers Weekly calls, “a first individual timeline of twentieth century American residential structure… combining …two literary kinds: the memoir and the how-to book.”
A relocating tale of that position we name domestic. An early recommend for construction lean and eco-friendly and an avid blogger, Larry Haun tells his exact tale when it comes to twelve houses – outfitted during the last a hundred years. those are houses he is aware in detail, drawing the reader in with unique descriptions and considerate observations.
“Just like all stable wood worker, Haun brings his personal creative prospers to the activity of storytelling…. yet the place Haun’s real character comes throughout is whilst he describes the development technique for the various homes he has lived in and built—from his parent’s 1,000-sq. toes. wood-frame condo and the adobe and cob constructions of the Southwest to the mid-century pre-fabricated and tract homes, and the more moderen Habitat for Humanity houses he has donated his time to aid erect.”
Publishers Weekly, 6/13/2011
A satisfaction to learn. a superb present. This enticing memoir will entice a person who appreciates a well-told tale. A Carpenter’s existence As instructed in homes explores our love of domestic – emotions so deeply rooted that they cross a ways past wooden and plaster and shingles. proportion the author’s deep connection to the flora and fauna, his craving for simplicity, and admire for humanity – and spot why he believes that much less is extra.
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She always took a picture of us children at the beginning of a new school year, all lined up, standing in birth order, fairly clean, and ready to go. Unlike in other areas of our country, there were few trees on the plains where the European immigrants built their soddies. There were even fewer trees in the adjacent Sandhills. Fewer, as in none. Sod houses were out of the question because the grass roots couldn’t hold the sandy soil together as the prairie earth did elsewhere. With the advent of a usable horse-powered hay press in the late 1800s, immigrants found a way to build their homes with the only material available: prairie grasses.
33 The piano was shipped to Kimball by railroad (the Union Pacific) and then the final 30 miles to our small village by horse and wagon—quite out of tune by the time it arrived, I’m sure. But everyone needs some music in their lives, no? The camera, a box type with leather bellows that Mother kept pliable with a little sewing machine oil, was another lifelong treasure. She prized the camera because it allowed her to record a few events in her own children’s lives. She always took a picture of us children at the beginning of a new school year, all lined up, standing in birth order, fairly clean, and ready to go.
I stood there and watched as they cut and fitted wood with sharp handsaws and chisels. Most memorable were the long curls of pine rising from a door as a worker moved his jointer plane down the edge. One carpenter made a particular impression on me. Even as a child, I knew he had much to teach me by the way he held and moved his plane. This tool was not really separate from his arm. They were one. But it was more than just the wood curls. The smell that came from the wood was also just there. That sweet smell of pine is still lodged deep in my senses.
A Carpenter’s Life as Told by Houses by Larry Haun