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71.

TINY HOMES: SIMPLE SHELTER

Lloyd Kahn
Paperback

Price: $28.95

There's a grassroots movement in tiny homes these days. The real estate collapse, the economic downturn, burning out on 12-hour workdays – many people are rethinking their ideas about shelter – seek…

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There's a grassroots movement in tiny homes these days. The real estate collapse, the economic downturn, burning out on 12-hour workdays – many people are rethinking their ideas about shelter – seeking an alternative to high rents, or a lifelong mortgage debt to a bank on an overpriced home.

In this book are some 150 builders who have taken things into their own hands, creating tiny homes (under 500 sq. ft.). Homes on land, homes on wheels, homes on the road, homes on water, even homes in the trees. There are also studios, saunas, garden sheds, and greenhouses.

There are 1,300 photos, showing a rich variety of small homemade shelters, and there are stories (and thoughts and inspirations) of the owner-builders who are on the forefront of this new trend in downsizing and self-sufficiency.

At the heart of our 1973 book Shelter were drawings of five small buildings, which we recommended as a starting point in providing one's own home. Now, almost 40 years later, there's a growing tiny house movement all over the world – which we've been tracking over the past two years.

Many people have decided to scale back, to get by with less stuff, to live in smaller homes. You can buy a ready-made tiny home, build your own, get a kit or pre-fab, or live in a bus, houseboat, or other movable shelter. Some cities have special ordinances for building "inlaw" or "granny flats" in the back yard. There are innovative solutions in cities, such as the "capsules" in Tokyo. There are numerous blogs and websites with news, photos, and/or plans for tiny homes, documented here.

If you're thinking of scaling back, you'll find plenty of inspiration here. Here's a different approach, a 180º turn from increasing consumption. Here are builders, designers, architects (no less), dreamers, artists, road gypsies, and water dwellers who've achieved a measure of freedom and independence by taking shelter into their own hands.

About the Author
In 1968 Lloyd Kahn worked as Shelter editor for the Whole Earth Catalog. In 1971 he published Domebook 2. His shake-covered geodesic dome was featured in Life magazine. Ultimately disillusioned with domes, he took Domebook 2 out of print and in 1973 published the oversized book Shelter, which went on to sell more than 250,000 copies. In 2004, Kahn published HomeWork: Handbuilt Shelter – in many ways the sequel to Shelter – and Builders of the Pacific Coast in 2008. Tiny Homes: Simple Shelter is the fourth book in this series. Kahn and his wife, Lesley live and work in a small coastal town in Northern California.

72.

MASONRY

John Kelsey
Paperback

Price: $24.95

Orders for Masonry will ship by May 31, 2012.

Masonry provides clear, accessible instructions that readers can use to do popular masonry projects the right way themselves. This book shows h…

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Orders for Masonry will ship by May 31, 2012.

Masonry provides clear, accessible instructions that readers can use to do popular masonry projects the right way themselves. This book shows how to design, build and repair masonry like an expert, with the latest techniques and materials, step-by-step directions, safety advice, and hundreds of color illustrations. It is a must for anyone who wants to learn how to work successfully with concrete, brick, block, tile, or stone. Readers will learn the methods that professional masons use to construct walls, sidewalks, patios, barbeques and more. Basic techniques are described for working with mortar, making repairs to brick, mending concrete, attaching fastening, and removing stains. A section on building with concrete discusses what can go wrong and why, with sage advice on preparing for the project, forms, pouring and finishing, footings, and making adobe. This well-illustrated book reveals the secrets of working with rugged materials, with advice on selecting bricks, salvaging stone, breaking up masonry, and erecting scaffolding. Readers will discover the best way to pave a path, build a wall, or veneer a concrete slab with tile. Building instructions are included for concrete block, natural stone, decorative brick, serpentine walls, and brick and stone arches. Thorough coverage of masonry repairs and maintenance is also included, plus useful tips and special tricks of the trade.

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BIRD-FRIENDLY NEST BOXES AND FEEDERS

Paul Meisel
Paperback

Price: $14.95

Bird-Friendly Nest Boxes and Feeders features 12 simple and classic designs for building traditional birdhouses and feeders, plus valuable insights on creating the perfect backyard bird environment. M…

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Bird-Friendly Nest Boxes and Feeders features 12 simple and classic designs for building traditional birdhouses and feeders, plus valuable insights on creating the perfect backyard bird environment. More than just a set of plans, it covers how to attract the right kinds of birds and ensure that they will keep coming back.

This book includes complete plans for making basic, practical bird-welcoming structures, accompanied by patterns, illustrations and full color photographs. Each project is perfect for individuals striving to create the most natural bird environment possible. Woodworkers from beginner to expert will find projects appropriate for their skill level.

This book provides pages of valuable information for keeping feathered visitors happy. From understanding the proper dimensions for a birdhouse, to choosing the right seed for attracting desired species, to learning how to keep squirrels away, the tips and tricks found here will help guide bird lovers to create a backyard oasis. Readers will get valuable instructions on mounting techniques, types of paint to use, and cleaning tips, plus environmental insights and interesting avian trivia. This book stands out from ordinary birdhouse titles with technical detail on subjects like cavity size, proper hole size, and the ideal distance from hole to cavity floor.

The twelve plans in this book ordinarily sell for $12.99 each online, a $130 value. Each birdhouse project has been shop-tested by the author's customers, and has proven habitable by the many birds around his Minnesota home.

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PLY DESIGN

Philip Schmidt
Paperback

Price: $24.95

PlyDesign presents 73 ideas for sleek, smart home furnishings that you can make from off-the-shelf sheet materials using only basic hand and power tools. With designs contributed by more than 50 creat…

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PlyDesign presents 73 ideas for sleek, smart home furnishings that you can make from off-the-shelf sheet materials using only basic hand and power tools. With designs contributed by more than 50 creative builders across North America, the projects include tables, stools, workstations, benches, laptop stands, shelves, art panels, organizers, headboards, doghouses, dollhouses, and more. A photo of each finished project is accompanied by a list of needed tools and materials, cutting and assembly diagrams, and clear step-by-step instructions.

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HOW TO BUILD AN UNDERGROUND HOUSE

Malcolm Wells
Paperback

Price: $18.00

Malcolm Wells' fourth book about underground architecture will show you that building a house underground is not only possible but also a very good idea for those who want a friendly-with-the-earth li…

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Malcolm Wells' fourth book about underground architecture will show you that building a house underground is not only possible but also a very good idea for those who want a friendly-with-the-earth life.

This book covers everything you need to know about underground building, from concept basics to house plans you can use for your own underground home.

An architect by trade, Wells lived in The Underground Art Gallery, in Brewster, Mass., and wrote several books about this subject, which he began promoting in 1964. A pioneer of underground building and natural design, he penned such best-selling books as Gentle Architecture and The Earth-Sheltered House. How to Build an Underground House is scanned from his own handwritten and illustrated pages and is self-published.

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PRACTICAL JEWELRY-MAKING TECHNIQUES: PROBLEM SOLVING

Stephen O'Keeffe
Paperback

Price: $24.95

Practical Jewelry-Making Techniques: Problem Solving departs from tradition by offering serious instruction to jewelry makers without assuming an advanced degree of prior knowledge. It presents a comp…

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Practical Jewelry-Making Techniques: Problem Solving departs from tradition by offering serious instruction to jewelry makers without assuming an advanced degree of prior knowledge. It presents a comprehensive survey of the core jewelry-making techniques while providing easier alternative solutions that get the same results as traditional methods. Each chapter is packed with unique ideas on how the jewelry artist can make tasks simpler, quicker or less expensive and still produce beautiful pieces. There are instructions for adapting and making problem-solving tools and jigs from everyday items, and tips on identifying potential pitfalls in a project and avoiding costly mistakes.

Step-by-step lessons in jewelry technique accompany more than 50 projects designed to put the skills into practice while creating beautiful pieces. Thorough explanations and hundreds of close-up photographs with detailed captions ensure the book will become a well-used reference for the jewelry maker. "You Will Need" boxes keep track of tools and materials, and "Tip" inserts offer sound advice born of experience. Where needed, there are design sketches with measurements.

The chapters are:

  • Tools for jewelry-making
  • Basic techniques
  • The making of simple specialized tools
  • Punch and die
  • Alternative methods of soldering
  • Wire scrollwork
  • The coming block
  • Applications of the screw
  • The removable spindle tool
  • Findings
  • Ring-sizing and wire-sizing tables

Those with any level of jewelry-making experience will enjoy and greatly benefit from the author's decades of experience, his clear instruction and the wealth of useful illustrations in this book. It's sure to be a welcome choice for both students and professional crafters alike.

77.

THE VILLAGE CARPENTER

Walter Rose
Paperback

Price: $15.95

First published in 1937, this woodworking classic reveals a fascinating look into the social structure of a 19th-century English town and a carpenter's place in it. Encapsulating a time before power t…

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First published in 1937, this woodworking classic reveals a fascinating look into the social structure of a 19th-century English town and a carpenter's place in it. Encapsulating a time before power tools and mass production, when woodworkers made virtually everything, Walter Rose writes eloquently on a number of topics, including running a country business; the carpenter's shop; working on a farm, new home and windmill; undertaking; and furniture repairs. Manifesting the importance of skill and the attitudes of the craftsman to his tools and work, this book will be of great interest to any carpenter or woodworker with an appreciation for the history of their craft.

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BUILD GREEN, MAKE GREEN, SAVE GREEN

Adam D. Bearup
Paperback

Price: $19.99

This book compares four mainstream green building styles, including: Insulated Concrete Forms (ICFs), Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs), Advanced Framing, and Earth Shelters. Also included are case s…

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This book compares four mainstream green building styles, including: Insulated Concrete Forms (ICFs), Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs), Advanced Framing, and Earth Shelters. Also included are case studies and story problems for deciding which renewable energy systems work best for specific areas.

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WOODCARVING COURSE & REFERENCE MANUAL

Chris Pye
Paperback

Price: $19.95

The first step into a new craft can be overwhelming: Where to start? What tools to buy? What projects to begin with? Thanks to author and internationally acclaimed woodcarver Chris Pye, this guide is filled with everything a beginning woodcarver needs to know.

Pye's Woodcarving Course & Reference Manual is akin to having a one-on-one course with a master carver. You'll learn what to look for in a workbench, the importance of commissioning your carving tools-there's more to it than just sharpening!-and how to make exacting cuts and execute a variety of techniques. Like any good instructor, Pye includes practice exercises to make you comfortable with the tools and techniques, so you can build your skills and carve with confidence.

Pye's conversational teaching style will encourage you as you follow the step-by-step instructions and work on a number of motifs, as well as projects for low, high and pierced relief, and in-the-round.

With Pye's help, you'll learn to carve:

  • Four types of molding
  • A beautiful koi project in three levels of relief carving
  • A realistic baseball cap in-the-round
  • A charming wren in-the-round

80.

WHITTLIN' WHISTLES

Rick Wiebe
Paperback

Price: $12.95

One of the signature projects whittlers enjoy working on is the whistle, and this book addresses each and every detail of successful whistle making. With a pocket knife and some readily available mate…

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One of the signature projects whittlers enjoy working on is the whistle, and this book addresses each and every detail of successful whistle making. With a pocket knife and some readily available materials, most of which can be gathered from nature, beginning carvers will produce fun and attractive whistles that they can show off to their friends.

Designed to be understandable to both younger readers and adult beginners, the book features numerous full-color instructional photos for each project and provides a strong emphasis on safety and tool care. Featured projects include the classic slip bark whistle, tube whistles, a kazoo, a vuvuzuela, and reed whistles.

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