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Shelters, Shacks, and Shanties: The Classic Guide to Building Wilderness Shelters (Dover Books on Architecture) [Kindle Edition]

D.C. Beard
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Book Description

This excellent hands-on guide by one of the founders of the Boy Scouts of America contains a wealth of practical instruction and advice on how to build everything from a bark teepee and a tree-top house to a log cabin and a sod house. No professional architects are needed here; and knowing how to use an axe is more important than possessing carpentry skills.
More than 300 of the author's own illustrations and a clear, easy-to-follow text enable campers to create such lodgings as half-cave shelters, beaver mat huts, birch bark shacks, over-water camps, a Navajo hogan, and a pole house. Additional chapters provide information on how to use an axe, split and notch logs, make a fireplace, and even build appropriate gateways to log houses, game preserves, ranches, and other open areas.
An invaluable book for scouts, campers, hikers, and hunters of all ages, this guide and its fascinating collection of outdoor lore "still has intrinsic value," said Whole Earth Magazine, and will be of keen interest to any modern homesteader.

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  • File Size: 27006 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications (May 14, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #190,176 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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133 of 134 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My boys love this book January 23, 2009
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My 13-year-old boy scout asked for this book. After reading bits and pieces for a week or so, he enlisted his brother and some neighborhood boys to go build some "shelters" in the woods down the street. They kept talking about the shelter and I figured it was typical exaggeration. A few of us adults walked down one day to see the shelter -- WOW! It was impressive -- and it stood up to the recent ice storms that left people without power for weeks. All built with branches and saplings in the woods.

The book inspired them. It's old school and not politically correct, which makes me like it that much more. Some of the words in there have led to interesting discussions at our house about how words have evolved and how views and attitudes have evolved over the past century.
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67 of 68 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dense, informative and readable March 12, 2009
It is hard to believe that a book published almost 100 years ago is still very relevant and practically useful today. It is very very dense yet still very readable. Throughout the book, multiple figures are arranged to tightly fit into one page.I do not know if this book represents the writing style of 100 years ago. I think a modern author would quadruple the size of the book.

I am an avid outdoor person and I wanted to obtain some knowledge about different outdoor shelters that I see all the time and I received this book as a gift. It offers much more information than I originally anticipated. I am amazed by what shelters can be built with some simple tools. The author, one of the founders of Boy Scouts of America, actually lived in a log house built by himself. I suspect most of the content is from the author's own experience in building various kinds of architecture from simple shelters to fairly sophisticated houses. Modern lightweight tents may be the primary temporary outdoor shelters nowadays, but wood shelters are still loved by hikers, campers. This book is invaluable for educating kids to gain some basic carpentry and outdoor knowledge, nurture their sense of independence and responsibility and offer them the tremendous joy of staying in what built by themselves.
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53 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb... October 30, 2005
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This is a great book! Dan Beard, one of the principal founders of the BSA, herein illustatrates several easy to build wilderness structures in an easy to read, sometimes humorous style. From lean-to's, shacks, log cabins, even tree houses; there's a wealth of practical information for any outdoorsman within these pages.

I'm very pleased to see this book still available. If you've any interest in the outdoors at all you will not be displeased by an investment in this wonderful book.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The ONLY Shelter Book You Need to Survive! February 19, 2013
As a former Boy Scout, and former Marine, who has spent more time outdoors, both professionally and personally; I can easily say that if you have this one single book, an axe, a file to keep it sharp with, and a shovel; you will NEVER worry about being caught 'off-guard' again.

This book gives dozens of working, strong structures that you can actually build, that WORK, with the information taken from over 100-years of pioneer knowledge. Hogans, cabins, lean-tos, Teepees, shacks, even in-ground hogans and swamp stilt houses. It's all in here, with excellent drawings of how to construct them. Not only is it fun to read the 'old ways', but this is good information that really works.

Get this, read it a few times, put it in a ziplock bag, and throw it in your backpack or survival gear cache with the appropriate gear. You won't regret it, and you won't need a dozen more similar books to fill the gap - this one doesn't have gaps.

Can't recommend it enough. SOLID 5-stars.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book on various shelters. January 22, 2011
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I am into bushcraft, survival, primitive skills. This book is an excellent part of my various books on the subjects. It starts with simple style debris shelters, A frame shelters, platform shelters for building in swamps and soft ground areas.

It goes on to list larger wood tents, log cabins, proper use of axe, thatching for larger shelters. A very good laid out book that is both detailed and understandable and more in depth on shelters then any others i've seen on the subject.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good! February 25, 2011
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I found this book surprisingly good. I bought it as a reference but ended up reading it cover to cover immediately. Each chapter draws you into the next. The whole thing gives good insight into primitive housing of our ancestors.

Eco Alert! If you pride yourself on "leave no trace camping", this book will likely shock and disgust you. Just remember it is not oriented toward camping in a modern sense. This is more like seasonal housing for nomads or pioneers.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth your time and money... October 24, 2012
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...if you don't own any other books on the subject. I imagine much of this information can be gleaned from similar publications.

The book is well written and easy to read. The illustrations, I'm sure were excellent in 1914 and, are still adequite now. Most of the designs seemed repetitive, though. I wish more attention had been given to lashing materials. If you are looking for that you will find almost none here. The book was fun to read and provided enough inspiration to make my brother and me attempt a large hut.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting June 23, 2013
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This book gives an interesting overview of how to build all sorts of shelters from a simple lean-to to a log cabin. He throws in simple details that I had tended to overlook, such as the different ways of jointing and joining a log cabin's logs. Another example is how to clay in a wooden chimney so that it will not catch fire.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 3 days ago by Wayne P. Warren
3.0 out of 5 stars ehhhh
Its got some okay diagrams and insturctions. but most of them are very hard to understand and building most of these would take a very long amount of time.
Published 7 days ago by jake
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great !
Published 18 days ago by Jack
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 23 days ago by Elias G. Ghosn
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
great info for a society ready to crash.
Published 29 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Great very informative
Published 1 month ago by richwilshaw
5.0 out of 5 stars handy info for novice
For me, i don't know much about living in the wilderness so this book was handy info with pictures and i loved it.
Published 1 month ago by moon510
5.0 out of 5 stars great book!
This book is so informative it should be the official handbook of the Boy Scouts. Maybe someday I’ll try some of the things here when I go backpacking. I can’t wait!
Published 1 month ago by Holzen
5.0 out of 5 stars If you are into this kind of thing I highly recommend this book
Pack with knowledge and encouragement. If you are into this kind of thing I highly recommend this book. of course the project require your hard work and your for thought.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Good ideas for outdoor shelters
The book includes illustrations and instructions for a variety of shelters, with different materials and degrees of difficulty. Read more
Published 2 months ago by CT Scout Mom
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