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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 construction and structure fanatics as someone on a religious journey.”
- Brian Pontolilo, Editor, superb Homebuilding Magazine
The unforgettable memoir of a mythical builder. You don’t need to be a chippie to understand this interesting ebook that Publishers Weekly calls, “a first individual timeline of twentieth century American residential structure… combining …two literary types: 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 particular tale when it comes to twelve houses – equipped over the past a hundred years. those are houses he is familiar with in detail, drawing the reader in with special descriptions and considerate observations.
“Just like every sturdy wood worker, Haun brings his personal creative prospers to the task of storytelling…. yet the place Haun’s real character comes throughout is while he describes the development technique for the numerous 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. an excellent gift. This attractive memoir will attract somebody who appreciates a well-told tale. A Carpenter’s lifestyles As advised 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 notice why he believes that much less is extra.

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Some say this was an old pagan rite to welcome spring. Once the floor sheathing was down and nailed to the joists, the walls were built one stick at a time. The wall-framing method was 56 called balloon framing. This means that the wall studs did not go to a bottom plate set on the floor like we do now in platform framing. The bottoms of the studs were nailed down on the sill plate, one stud alongside each floor joist. No production framing here. A top plate was marked for stud location at 16 in.

These men may not have had much formal education, but they were no strangers to hard physical labor. Imagine the effort it took to prepare a livable, survivable place on their homestead for their families and livestock with not much more than what was available locally. My mother was contracted by the school board to teach all eight grades. The pay, she said, was $40 per month plus room and board with a ranch family almost two miles from the school. With this money she was able to buy a piano for her own mother along with a camera and a few clothes for herself.

It was quite unlike the straight-claw hammer I use today. , broken-claw model, it was. Three days younger than the hills to the south. Twenty-fifth cousin to the fine chromed steel framer I use today. Boxes to guard childhood treasures, bugs, snake skins, and butterfly wings. Crafted together from clear, white pine orange crates. Nails sought and found around a burnt-down barn. Bent nails like stooped carpenters left drooping in the wind. No way to draw either upright. Both turning to rust and dust.

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