- Hardcover: 95 pages
- Publisher: Scrimshaw Press; 1st edition (1973)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0912020008
- ISBN-13: 978-0912020006
- Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 8.5 x 0.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #113,188 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Handmade Houses: A Guide to the Woodbutcher's Art Hardcover – 1973
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The book is just photos--no building instructions, no pretense to being authoritative or comprehensive; art homes which caught the authors' eyes.
I lived up in the Pygmy Forest above Mendocino off of Comptche Road and some of my neighbors' beautiful homes are pictured in this book. I lived there during 1970 and watched many of these fantastic homes (and outhouses) being crafted using bartered and recycled windows, lumber and plumbing.
One of the most beautiful houses was one with tall wood framed windows arranged in a wide half circle over-looking a dense fern covered hillside where wild purple irises would bloom. It was absolutely stunning to walk in through the hand-made front door into a warm and cozy kitchen and then walk to the left and out to the soaring living area. The kids had a loft that hung part way up the tall walls and the parents had the highest loft with a diamond cut out under their bed, so that they could just sweep the dust and dirt "through" the floor and then out the front door! Since they lacked electricity, it seemed like a workable way to keep their house clean.
Finding this book many, many years after I had moved away, was like stepping back in time...a real pleasure to read!
It provides an inspiration to me of the handmade house as a place of unlimited creative expression and a melding of the function and form of shelter into whatever it's creator is capable of imagining.
Savour the images and let them seep into your subcouncious...who knows what journey they may set you upon.
In the late summer of 1970, I was on a journey that passed through the region where many of the featured houses are located and was blessed with the aquaintance of many people who owned and/or built these homes. My intention was to travel to Washington State as quickly as possible, but I was so blown away by the beautifully hand crafted houses and the nice people who owned them, that I stayed in the area for a few months partaking of the generous hospitality they offered. I have helped build houses, designed and built furniture, but I was awed by the craftsmanship and love poured into these homes. The title of the book is "Handmade Houses" and let me emphasize that title by saying that many of these structures were put together with material hand hewn (no power tools) from the immediate area and in some cases, homes were built without one nail pounded- wood joints only.
Other featured houses were artfully assembled from materials salvaged from torn down buildings. I helped out in procuring some of the materials and was amazed by the careful procedures to safley dismantle the structures and process them for inclusion on "new" buildings.Read more ›
The interesting thing about the book now thirty years old, is how it has such usable ideas for 2006 and beyond. Guess one could say it was a 'green' book before 'green' was the in thing. And the unique home made homes use recycled items from windows, doors, to bath tubs and sinks. And are all one of a kind.
Just goes to show that what was old is new again.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a book I knew growing up and the philosophy of wood reuse and creative construction has been with me ever since. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Michael Greiner
Not at all detailed, instructional or even descriptive of how to build houses. Basically it is just a compliation of old photographs of some homes. Read morePublished 3 months ago by A user
This is a book that I received as a gift back in the 70's and subsequently lost; a great little book that I just wanted to replace. Read morePublished 7 months ago by G.E. Beeson
This is the definitive book on "wood butchering," a back-to-the-land trend in the 1970s. I've always loved this style of work and am so glad to have Boericke's books back... Read morePublished 10 months ago by mitzi miles-kubota
One of our favorite house books - it is just full of the most creative houses you have ever seen... All appear to have been made in large part from repurposed materials. Read morePublished 12 months ago by LaniO
I bought this book back in the early 1970's and loved the way it demonstrated both quirky and practical creative use of an incredible variety of materials. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Rick Boling
I thought this would have some instruction but it is just a picture book of Hippie houses.Published 13 months ago by Hervian Rose