By Larry Haun
“… Larry Haun is as a lot a historian and thinker as he's a 60-year veteran wood worker. Larry’s memoir will be both at domestic at the bookshelves of domestic construction and structure lovers as an individual on a religious journey.”
- Brian Pontolilo, Editor, high quality Homebuilding Magazine
The unforgettable memoir of a mythical builder. You don’t need to be a wood worker to understand this attention-grabbing e-book that Publishers Weekly calls, “a first individual timeline of twentieth century American residential structure… combining …two literary types: the memoir and the how-to book.”
A relocating tale of that position we name domestic. An early suggest for development lean and eco-friendly and an avid blogger, Larry Haun tells his distinctive tale by way of twelve houses – equipped over the past a hundred years. those are houses he is aware in detail, drawing the reader in with distinct descriptions and considerate observations.
“Just like every reliable chippie, Haun brings his personal inventive prospers to the task of storytelling…. yet the place Haun’s real character comes throughout is while he describes the development method for the numerous homes he has lived in and built—from his parent’s 1,000-sq. feet. wood-frame condo and the adobe and cob buildings of the Southwest to the mid-century pre-fabricated and tract homes, and the newer Habitat for Humanity houses he has donated his time to aid erect.”
Publishers Weekly, 6/13/2011
A pride to learn. an excellent gift. This attractive memoir will entice an individual who appreciates a well-told tale. A Carpenter’s existence As informed in homes explores our love of domestic – emotions so deeply rooted that they cross a long way past wooden and plaster and shingles. percentage the author’s deep connection to the flora and fauna, his craving for simplicity, and appreciate for humanity – and spot why he believes that much less is extra.
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I have heard old-timers tell stories about riding through grasses that came up to the heads of their horses—the big bluestem, Indian grass, needles and thread, and wild rye that can withstand subzero winters and hot, dry summers. The Native people knew this area well because it was home to a major food source: huge herds of bison. Early European settlers long considered it to be an irreclaimable desert full of wild animals and savage people and seldom ventured within its borders for fear 36 Women worked alongside men in the fields, especially at haying time.
It was during this time that I came to love the pine wood being used in construction. When I was 8 years old, carpenters remodeled the local high school. I stood there and watched as they cut and fitted wood with sharp handsaws and chisels. Most memorable were the long curls of pine rising from a door as a worker moved his jointer plane down the edge. One carpenter made a particular impression on me. Even as a child, I knew he had much to teach me by the way he held and moved his plane. This tool was not really separate from his arm.
That sweet smell of pine is still lodged deep in my senses. It is even deeper than that. How to say this so it sounds believable? When I become mindfully quiet, I can actually feel the scent of pine in my heart and body. THE JOISTS IN OUR HOME were nailed in place 16 in. on center with machine-made, rectangular-shaped cut nails using a 16-oz. curved-claw hammer like the one I had as a child. The floor was then sheathed with 1 × 12 pine boards that I could see when looking up from down in the cellar.
A Carpenter’s Life as Told by Houses by Larry Haun