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"If the best writers draw from their own experience, Larry Haun is as much a historian and philosopher as he is a 60-year veteran carpenter. Larry's memoir would be equally at home on the bookshelves of home building and architecture enthusiasts as anyone on a spiritual journey." -Brian Pontolilo, Managing Editor, "Fine Homebuilding Magazine"
If you are lucky in your life, you are fortunate to encounter people who are passionate about their lives. Joseph Campbell is quoted as saying; "People always say what we are looking for is a meaning for life...I don't think that's what we're looking for. I think what we're looking for is the experience of being alive." Larry Haun is very alive, and has shared with me his passion for building, his passion for community, and his passion to serve. All of us at Habitat have been blessed by Larry's energy, enthusiasm and commitment to his trade. Bert Green, Executive Director, Habitat for Humanity of Charlotte(The New York Times)
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.
I commute and listen to audio books on my drive. I got this book because the description sounded like this was possibly going to be my new favorite book. Read morePublished 2 months ago by ERIC B REYNOLDS
very interesting and enjoyable reading. Haun also describes how a lot of building was done and materials used that are generally unknown. Great bookPublished 7 months ago by Schlesinger
This was an incredibly delightful read. I am sorely remiss I will never get to meet the author. The book was in perfect condition at a great price.Published 15 months ago by stuart thomas
It is a slow, gentle read, about one man's journey through life as a carpenter. Think about it more as a philosophical biography, that does talk a bit about the different kinds of... Read morePublished 15 months ago by FaCS teacher
Larry did a admirable job on this book with so much detail in his thought provoking chapters . A must read, not just for the carpenter but for all who really appreciate... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Motoretro
I bought this book with the understanding that it was not all about carpentry, and more about Larry Haun's personal life, thoughts, and beliefs. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Matt
I am a young carpenter and have been very inspired by Larry Haun's instructional videos and books. This book tells the very rich history of houses from early to current US history;... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Brian101
I really, really tried to like this book. I have an abiding interest in house construction and how people lived, and the premise of the book - exploring our heritage through... Read morePublished 21 months ago by cybermumsy