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Woodstock Handmade Houses Paperback – July 12, 1976

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Product Details

  • 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: #892,487 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Linda J. Schiller-Hanna VINE VOICE on April 1, 2009
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I found this book when first published and I was living in the Bay
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
general.
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Beautiful pictures and creative text. The photography makes the book. You feel like "someone" inhabits the spaces where no people are pictured. It is about handmade architects, anarchists and wood and steal that sing out in song. Need more books like this one if you are into vernacular architecture.
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It's little doubt that Art Boericke and Barry Shapiro's Handmade Houses: A Guide to Woodbutchers Art (1973) inspired Robert Haney, David Ballantine, and Jonathan Elliott to do a similar book in 1974 with Woodstock Handmade Houses. Very much the same, except these homes were photographed in around the Woodstock area in the Catskills. I was born in 1972, so the name Woodstock more conjures up the famous festival held in 1969 (which was in Bethel, rather than Woodstock itself) than of my knowledge of the area being a counterculture haven of the late '60s/early '70s. Certainly I'm aware of the area of New York State as a counterculture haven, but I never lived or experienced it, given when I was born, and the fact I never lived in that state.

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".
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I owned this book before and loaned it to someone...never did get it back and couldn't remember who the person was! I had to have another copy after watching Pete Nelson's treehouse program and remembering it. It's a keeper.
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Got the book very quickly. Just as they had described the item. A little wear but the content is great. Thanks
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nice to see a book so crafty and homemade. You have a good sense of architecture if you like this book
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