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A Carpenter's Life as Told by Houses

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Publisher Comments:

From one of Fine Homebuilding’s best-loved authors, Larry Haun, comes a unique story that looks at American home building from the perspective of twelve houses he has known intimately. Part memoir, part cultural history, A Carpenter’s Life as Told by Houses takes the reader house by house over an arc of 100 years. Along with period photos, the author shows us the sod house in Nebraska where his mother was born, the frame house of his childhood, the production houses he built in the San Fernando Valley, and the Habitat for Humanity homes he devotes his time to now. It’s an engaging read written by a veteran builder with a thoughtful awareness of what was intrinsic to home building in the past and the many ways it has evolved. Builders and history lovers will appreciate his deep connection to the natural world, yearning for simplicity, respect for humanity, and evocative notion of what we mean by “home.”

 

Review:

"The late Haun — one of Fine Homebuilding's most popular writers — reflects on a long life through an exploration of the houses he lived in and built, in the audio edition of his fascinating memoir-cum-carpentry history. Narrator Patrick Lawler delivers a compelling performance, enriching the text with skillful modulations of emphasis, tone, and rhythm. Equally important, Lawler manages to downplay the author's various assertions about how people today are just not as good as they used to be — something that would certainly alienate younger listeners if mishandled by the narrator. An additional treat for listeners, Haun, who died last year at the age of 80, reads the book's introduction. An absolute must for carpentry and woodworking enthusiasts. A Taunton hardcover. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Larry Haun began his building career on the Nebraska prairie, where at 17 he helped to build his first house. In 1950, he began framing in Albuquerque, N.M., and in 1951, he joined his older brother in a Los Angeles building boom that brought about rapid change in tools, materials, and building methods. Later, seeing a need for passing on production-framing techniques, Haun began teaching two nights a week at a community college--and stayed there for 20 years. He retired to Coos Bay, Ore., where he built houses for Habitat for Humanity, wheelchair ramps for poor people, and backpacked in the High Sierras, the Rockies, and the Andes. He is the author of Habitat For Humanity: How to Build a House, Homebuilding Basics: Carpentry, The Very Efficient Carpenter, and three companion videos on how to frame a house. Larry also kept a blog, A Carpenter’s View: http://www.finehomebuilding.com/blog/a-carpenters-view, where he wrote until a couple of weeks before his death at age 80 in October, 2011.

Table of Contents

Foreword

Intro

1. The Soddy

2. The Straw Bale

3. The Old Frame House

4. The Dugout

5. The Pre-Cut House

6. The Adobe

7. The Manufactured House

8. The Quonset Hut

9. The Tract House

10. The Habitat House

11. Small Houses, Small Spaces

12. The Greenhouse

Afterword

 

Product Details

ISBN:
9781600854897
Author:
Haun, Larry
Publisher:
Taunton Press
Author:
Lawler, Patrick
Author:
Haun, Milagros M.
Author:
Milagros M.
Author:
, Milagros M.
Author:
Ireton, Kevin
Author:
Larry
Subject:
Reference
Subject:
Home Construction-General
Subject:
Biography - General
Subject:
Do-It-Yourself
Subject:
General House & Home
Edition Description:
CD-Audio
Publication Date:
20110931
Binding:
COMPACT DISC
Language:
English
Illustrations:
80 b/w photosw, 2 b/w drawings
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
5.59 x 6.44 x 1.15 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The late Haun — one of Fine Homebuilding's most popular writers — reflects on a long life through an exploration of the houses he lived in and built, in the audio edition of his fascinating memoir-cum-carpentry history. Narrator Patrick Lawler delivers a compelling performance, enriching the text with skillful modulations of emphasis, tone, and rhythm. Equally important, Lawler manages to downplay the author's various assertions about how people today are just not as good as they used to be — something that would certainly alienate younger listeners if mishandled by the narrator. An additional treat for listeners, Haun, who died last year at the age of 80, reads the book's introduction. An absolute must for carpentry and woodworking enthusiasts. A Taunton hardcover. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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