Handmade Houses: A Guide to the Woodbutcher's Art
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Handmade Houses: A Guide to the Woodbutcher's Art

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If you have ever thought about getting it all together...time, energy, land, materials...to build something of your very own, this book may entice you to take the fatal step. Author, Art Boericke and Photography Barry Shapiro have traveled for years to the ends of many rural road in order to visit and record the best owner-built structures they could.

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Hardcover, 95 pages
Published January 1st 1973 by Scrimshaw Press
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This book and Woodstock Handmade Houses caught my attention at just the right time when I was in high school. I dreamed of building myself a place in the middle of the woods and transcending the complexities of life. Though that has yet to happen, I still return to these for inspiration and proof that it can be done.

The photographs here are beautiful and reflect an endangered aesthetic. When I walk into a house like those depicted here, I feel something that other houses lack. In fact, I was in...more
Feb 25, 2008 Andrea rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: builders, dreamers, children
Arwen and I simultaneously and independently purchased copies of this book from the Friends of the San Francisco Library book sale. This book proves that building with recycled materials and reducing your energy/resource footprint is by no means a sacrifice. In the Foreword by Sim Van der Ryn (The School of Architecture, UC Berkeley) he implores us to ignore "an economy whose values are the magnitude of production and consumption." Easily and joyfully done, if only I get to live in one of these...more
Love this book. Definitely of it's time, it documents hand made houses in the '60's - made from anything to hand - architectural salvage, driftwood, spare timber. Much reference to the "awesomeness of listening to Raga's" in a sympathetic house. My dad had this book and always planned to make one. Now the mantle has been handed on to me - watch this space.
Oct 26, 2013 Koeeoaddi rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mr. Lennar & Mr. D.H. Horton
I still love these goofy hippie houses and if I could find one, still standing, off a ways from this bee hive of crammed together stucco, fake adobe and miles of tile roofs, I'd buy it.

(Excepting the seriously unlovely geodesic dome homes, of course. They look just like big wooden warts.)
Absolutely gorgeous. This is a picture book of wildly varied houses united by the owners having followed their dreams in building their own visions, and in most cased by their having made extensive use of recycled lumber and other materials. A great source of ideas and inspiration.
A wonderful look at some wild and creative structures. The ingenuity of design of these hand made homes is remarkable. Most of the examples are located in out of the way places and far away from building inspectors.
Living in the sticks... literally. This is a slim coffee-table book of rather beautiful handbuilt, rustic cottages and shacks. Quaint, inspirational, romantic.
Beautiful photos of handmade houses. Makes me feel wistful for a time I didn't even know.
It was amazing. Inspiring. Truly there's a lot to learn from it.
Dec 30, 2008 Michael rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who dreams
that my dreams of building a home are still alive, and if i did it would look something like one of these. my ex-girlfriend and i had a copy of this in our collection for years, and she got it in the split. just found my copy down the street in a good bookshop near my house. kinda hard to find. i stayed in mark's yert in olympia, and waking up in the morning with vines growing through my bed brought it "home".
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