- Paperback: 96 pages
- Publisher: Ballantine Books (July 12, 1976)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0345255925
- ISBN-13: 978-0345255921
- Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 8.4 x 0.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,153,255 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Woodstock Handmade Houses Paperback – July 12, 1976
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Area. It planted a seed that is beginning to ripen 30 years later when
I have the land to do something with.
Its still as inspirational and meaningful as when I read it years ago.
Maybe more so...because our need for it is even greater with the great
human race scurrying around so much and so out of touch with nature in
Like Boericke/Shapiro's book, this book features houses that were built by people dissatisfied with cookie-cutter suburban houses, McMansions, and generic subdivisions in general where the houses have little personality, so these guys went to the country and took matters into their own hands, and created homes that look like works of art with scrap material and anything else they could get their hands on, often costing much less than those generic cookie cutter homes. Everything from scrap wood to old stained glass from a church, these people used such to build their own dream homes. Many of these homes were not connected to electricity, so heating was done by wood, and same for cooking. There isn't much to read, just the occasional description of these photos. In one photo, I saw a bunch of books lying down, and one of them as Handmade Houses: A Guide to Woodbuchers Art (which appeared to be the hardcover edition). Another picture I found extremely amusing was a poster in a picture frame that says: "1963 Woodstock Festival". We all know the one from 1969, but was there one from 1963? Whatever the case it has completely nothing to do with it's very famous counterpart in 1969. Turns out there really was a 1963 Woodstock Festival, but it was an arts, music and theater festival held for about four months (June to October 1963) in various theaters, galleries, and venues across town, with no rock acts playing (rock still wasn't taken seriously by the intellects in 1963, rock was still the Beatles doing "She Loves You", and few Americans heard of them since they didn't break big here in States until the beginning of next year, particularly the Ed Sullivan Show, and Bob Dylan was an up and coming folk singer, not someone who revolutionized rock as he did in 1965 going electric), but opera, chamber orchestra, and folk (no major acts). I was in total disbelief that I found a program flyer of the 1963 Woodstock Flyer, I bought it, and it really helped me shine light on it (the flyer looked just like the one hanging in a picture frame in one of the photos in the Woodstock Handmade Houses book(.
Like the Handmade Houses book from 1973, this book does not disclose where these homes were located, for many obvious reasons, to keep the owners of these homes anonymous, to keep curiosity seekers from knowing where these homes are to protect their privacy, and to keep inspectors from knowing where these homes are if they deemed these houses "unfit" for habitation.
I have to say I can highly recommend this book.