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"You'll love this step-by-step guide to building shelters." --Log Homes Illustrated
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A classic guide for outdoorsmen and scouts
Shelters, Shacks, and Shanties, Second Edition presents lively, step-by-step tutelage on building all types of temporary and long-term accommodations from both natural and man-made materials. Originally published in 1914, this practical classic is as essential a guide for today’s modern homesteader as it was at the turn of the twentieth century.
Included are instructions for dozens of worry-free shelters for you to chose from, including a sod house for the lawn, a treetop house, over-water camps, a bog ken, and much more. Satisfying the builder’s need for the creature comforts of home, it also provides tips on how to build hearths and chimneys, notched log ladders, and even how to rig a front door with a secret lock. Illustrated throughout with a bounty of helpful line drawings, Shelters, Shacks, and Shanties, Second Edition harkens back to the can-do spirit of the American frontier that still thrives today.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 243 pages
  • Publisher: Breakout Productions; Unknown edition (June 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0915179695
  • ISBN-13: 978-0915179695
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.2 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,123,634 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Well written, easy to read, and full of details and pictures.
J. P. Jones
Great book for developing the mindset of working with what you have at hand.
Don Osborne
If I could of given a lower rating than one star i would have.
Ed Akins

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 4, 1997
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An interesting collection of plans to build everything from emergency shelters to a log home without using purchased building materials. Contains much information on building authentic log structures of numerous designs. Plans for building authentic doors and latches, windows, and furnishing for "rustic" homes are also included. A chapter is included for those of us who have always wanted a log home but can't get the spouse to agree--a rustic log room or den "hidden" inside a modern home. I had a copy of the original for years before losing it in a fire and look very forward to replacing it. Thanks Amazon.com
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By J Wells on December 29, 2010
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Like all the other 1 star reviews who got this book after 2010, i recieved a cheap rip-off computer print out. every paragraph says to refer to (Fig. x) but there is not a single picture in the book. yet now where in the description does it say this is a computer printed out copy. I mean the i can handle the cheap computer printed pages, but the lack of photos makes building very difficult.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By ZenKyoki on February 25, 2010
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The copy I received was a poor recreation of the original that included ZERO of the important diagrams and pictures. The book is full of references to illustrations and there are none. It was recreated with the use of OCR and not very well. It is full of unintelligible typos. And, the worst part is, the Amazon Look Inside feature on this page was showing a very different copy of this book. The one shown on the page is the original, and has the actual images included. I'm returning this now and buying the proper book.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By I Like Books on April 11, 2004
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When I was a child, I would look for this book when I went to the public library. I checked it out frequently and marveled at the lined drawings of various kinds of wilderness dwellings, especially the "Boys Hogan"-a type of hidden shelter built into the side of a hill. No doubt this book became the inspiration of the "forts" we built in the woods and the lean-tos constructed in Boy Scouts.
The tree house recently built for my own children, caused me to remember this little book and so I ordered it from Amazon. It not only brings back great memories, but also has inspired me to think about building a log cabin. This is a great book for those who love the idea of building or living in primitive shelters.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By "mtbat" on January 31, 2001
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I have lived in a very rural area my whole life. I love the forest, and because of this book I've been able to enjoy it even more. "Uncle Dan" Beard has lots of great ideas and illustrations to show how poeple used to, and still do, build shelters in the forest. It's great to have a historical resource to all of these techniques and ideas that are from the past - which otherwise might be forgotten about. GREAT BOOK!!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Ed Akins on December 30, 2010
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If I could of given a lower rating than one star i would have. Quite frankly the book sold by this particular publisher borders on fraud. There is no artwork. Which makes this book a pointless book of text, without any redeeming value. While Beard's orginal work is a fine example of this type of work, the company that published this edition hasn't a clue. Highly recommend you don't purchase this edition of Beard's work you will be sorry. Any edition of Beard's, other than this edition will be a worthly addition to your library.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Smurf on December 28, 2010
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A copy of the original "Shelters, Shacks, and Shanties" like I have had in the past was what I was expecting. What made the original book so great was the page after page of illustrations by the author himself. So...imagine my surprise when I received this particular copy and opened it up to discover it contains nothing but TEXT! How in the world can someone learn to teach small building construction from words only? That's akin to teaching surgeons how to perform an appendectomy by describing what an appendix looks like using only words and no pictures.

You would be a fool to purchase this idiotic version of an otherwise spectacular book. Buying this version is like wiping your butt before you poop...what's the point?

The seller should have made the notation that this was a text-only version.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By J. P. Jones on March 8, 2005
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Well written, easy to read, and full of details and pictures. Presented in a clear and concise manner this book will take you naked into the wilderness and give you the basics of survival structures but build you up to a full understanding of large permenant structures. a pleasure to read, recommend to everyone of all age groups.
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