Synopses & Reviews
A book of folk building in Texas, that ranges across the state in word and photograph. It explores the pine buildings of settlers in East Texas, those of oak in the Western Cross Timbers, and the rock homes of European migrants into Central Texas. West Texans of the Pecos, who had neither rocks nor logs to build with, mixed mud and grass, made adobe brick, and built in traditions borrowed from the Mexican-Indian population already settled there. These were the folk, building out of the environment, wasting nothing, building forms to suit their needs. Germans, Poles, Norse, and Alsatians coming straight from the Old World with their countriesand#8217; ways of building in mind had to adapt to the new materials and learn from the older Anglo settlers the methods of putting the materials together.
Built in Texas is divided into Methods and Materials; Style and Form; Barns and Outbuildings; Gates and Fences; Holding Water; Restoration and Preservation.
About the Author
Francis Edward Abernethy is Regents Professor Emeritus of English at Stephen F. Austin State University, the former executive secretary and editor of the Texas Folklore Society, the curator of exhibits for the East Texas Historical Association, and a member of the Texas Institute of Letters. In addition to having edited numerous Texas Folklore Society publications, he has written Singinand#8217; Texas, Legends of Texasand#8217; Heroic Age, and all three volumes of the Texas Folklore Society history, published by the University of North Texas Press.