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THE HOW TO GUIDE TO FRAMING A STRAW BALE STRUCTURE

Andrew Morrison
DVD

Price: $39.99

This double DVD set with nearly 3 hours of step-by-step footage will walk you through the entire framing process from start to finish. Whether you have never framed before or if you know how to frame…

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This double DVD set with nearly 3 hours of step-by-step footage will walk you through the entire framing process from start to finish. Whether you have never framed before or if you know how to frame but aren't clear on what the differences are between standard construction and straw bale wall framing, this video will provide you valuable information.


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THE HOW TO GUIDE TO PLASTERING WITH NATURAL HYDRAULIC LIME

Andrew Morrison
DVD

Price: $39.99

Did you know that the average cost of hiring a plaster crew to apply three coats of plaster to a 1,500-square-foot home is more than $15,000? And that's just for the labor! Fortunately, plastering is …

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Did you know that the average cost of hiring a plaster crew to apply three coats of plaster to a 1,500-square-foot home is more than $15,000? And that's just for the labor! Fortunately, plastering is a skill that is teachable, and people around the world have successfully created beautiful plaster jobs on their straw bale homes.

The How-to Guide to Plastering DVD includes nearly a full hour of information, sourced from professionals, that you need to know to plaster your straw bale structure successfully with natural hydraulic lime. (Due to its durability, breathability, natural ingredients and user-friendly application, natural hydraulic lime may well be the best material for plastering straw bales.) The techniques taught in this DVD can also be used with just about any plaster you choose. The technical details transfer to such finishes as earthen plaster, cement/lime mixes and more. No matter what plaster you choose, the information in this DVD will help you create a beautiful and durable finish.


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GUIDE TO BUILDING A MONOLITHIC CONCRETE SLAB FOUNDATION

Andrew Morrison
DVD

Price: $39.99

The How-to Guide to Building a Monolithic Concrete Slab Foundation DVD contains the latest information you need to know to build your own foundation. Walking through each stage of the building process…

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The How-to Guide to Building a Monolithic Concrete Slab Foundation DVD contains the latest information you need to know to build your own foundation. Walking through each stage of the building process, the DVD provides simple how-to techniques that will have you building your own concrete foundation with no prior foundation or concrete experience.


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A MODERN LOOK AT STRAW BALE CONSTRUCTION

Andrew Morrison
Paperback

Price: $39.99

In A Modern Look at Straw Bale Construction, Andrew Morrison presents what he believes are the best details for the highest quality construction available.

The idea behind the book was bo…

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In A Modern Look at Straw Bale Construction, Andrew Morrison presents what he believes are the best details for the highest quality construction available.

The idea behind the book was born of his comprehensive straw bale workshops. Each year, Morrison teaches hundreds of people how to build with straw bales, hands-on - and each year, he sketched out the same details and sections over and over again. Asked on several occasions to draw them up on a computer and then bundle them as hand-outs, he did just that.

Then Morrison contacted an excellent straw bale designer, Chris Keefe of Organicforms Design, and asked him to help with the drawings. Having designed more than 40 straw bale homes, Keefe had a ton of experience. Together, they have created a book that, as one reader raves, "fills an enormous gap in what information is available."

Morrison's focus is always on designing and building a structure that is beautiful, durable, safe, efficient, healthy, natural and inspiring, and this book brings that vision to life. It contains a thoroughgoing discussion of topics as well as 22 construction details provided by Keefe.


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WOOD PALLET PROJECTS

Chris Gleason
Paperback

Price: $19.99

Lumber prices are soaring, and deforestation is a rising concern. Yet millions of pounds of perfectly usable wood are dumped in landfills every year.

Wood Pallet Projects shows how anyone can upcycle s…

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Lumber prices are soaring, and deforestation is a rising concern. Yet millions of pounds of perfectly usable wood are dumped in landfills every year.

Wood Pallet Projects shows how anyone can upcycle salvaged pallet wood to create truly one-of-a-kind projects.

Maverick craftsman Chris Gleason combines sound woodworking techniques with a hip designer's sensibility to unleash the limitless possibilities of the common skid.

Inside you'll find 15 of his inspired projects for rescuing and repurposing pallets. Some of his pieces celebrate the rough, edgy character of the material, while others are crafted as fine furniture. He shows how to construct both indoor and outdoor furniture in a variety of styles, along with other useful items such as a birdhouse, toolbox and even a ukulele.

There's plenty of nitty-gritty here on working with pallets, including where to find them and how to process them into usable lumber. You'll learn about sanding, fasteners and the best finishes (if any) to use.

Gleason provides important advice on how to make sure that your pallets are safe and not sprayed with harmful chemicals. A colorful gallery of finished work provides further inspiration for green crafting.

Inside you'll find 15 projects for upcycling ordinary pallet wood into such objects as:

  • A Wall-Mounted Curio Cabinet
  • A Bathroom Magazine Caddy
  • A Side Chair
  • An End Table
  • A Coffee Table
  • A Wine Rack
  • A Fireplace Mantle
  • Cabinet Doors,
  • An Outdoor Lounge Chair
  • Funky Birdhouses
  • An Outdoor Couch
  • A Modernist Picnic Table
  • An Outdoor Bar/Serving Area
  • A Ukulele
  • A Toolbox
  • A Workbench


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THE MODERN-DAY PIONEER

Charlotte Denholtz
Paperback

Price: $17.95

When was the last time you let the aroma of freshly baked bread fill your kitchen or felt the warmth of a heavy quilt on a cold winter night? In today's day and age, it's easy to get swept up in the w…

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When was the last time you let the aroma of freshly baked bread fill your kitchen or felt the warmth of a heavy quilt on a cold winter night? In today's day and age, it's easy to get swept up in the whirlwind of convenience and forget what it's like to truly appreciate the simple things in life. The Modern-Day Pioneer celebrates these forgotten joys by showing you how to incorporate basic skills and living into your everyday life. Whether you're interested in growing your own fruits and vegetables, raising chickens for meat or eggs, crafting delicious meals from scratch, or creating and mending your own clothes and quilts, this book makes it easy to live a healthier and more sustainable life in the twenty-first century.

Filled with step-by-step instructions and homegrown inspiration, you'll wonder how you ever lived without the sweet taste of locally harvested honey or the refreshing scent of homemade lavender soap.


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THE HOMEOWNER'S ENERGY HANDBOOK

Paul Scheckel
Paperback

Price: $24.95

Are you looking for creative ways to lower your energy costs, generate more of your own power, or become less reliant on the grid? Energy expert Paul Scheckel offers practical advice for taking matter…

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Are you looking for creative ways to lower your energy costs, generate more of your own power, or become less reliant on the grid? Energy expert Paul Scheckel offers practical advice for taking matters into your own hands. Understand the fundamentals of solar, wind, water and biofuel energy production as you make your home ready for renewables. Each chapter of The Homeowner's Energy Handbook provides a comprehensive discussion of renewable energy sources, along with "green guides" for building your own energy-saving (and energy-producing) equipment. Step-by-step instructions show you how to build a bicycle-powered generator, biodiesel processor, thermosiphon solar hot-water collector, biogas generator, smokeless wood-gas camp stove, and more. Whether you want to button up your house to be more energy-efficient, find deep energy savings or take your home entirely off the grid, this guide has the knowledge and skills you need to reduce your use, then produce!


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DIY FURNITURE

Christopher Stuart
Paperback

Price: $24.95

Featuring 30 designs by leading designer-makers from around the world, DIY Furniture shows you how to use simple techniques to make stunning designer furniture from scratch. Using the step-by-step gui…

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Featuring 30 designs by leading designer-makers from around the world, DIY Furniture shows you how to use simple techniques to make stunning designer furniture from scratch. Using the step-by-step guides, you can easily assemble all the projects from common materials that can be found at the local hardware store. Along with designs for seating and storage, the book also features projects for making your own bed, wardrobe, lighting and garden furniture. Each project features hand-drawn diagrams with short, easy-to-follow instructions on how to build the piece. Whether building from scratch or customizing existing designs, you can create unique designer pieces at a fraction of the normal cost with DIY Furniture. Brief biographies of all the featured designers are included at the end of the book.


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MAKING WORKING WOODEN LOCKS

Tim Detweiler
Paperback

Price: $21.95

This guide to creating fully functional, working locks from wood includes step-by-step instructions, color photos, measured drawings, and advice on wood selection, tools and finishing. Techniques for …

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This guide to creating fully functional, working locks from wood includes step-by-step instructions, color photos, measured drawings, and advice on wood selection, tools and finishing. Techniques for creating five different locks, including a combination lock, are also included. Here is a book for all woodworkers who enjoy making moving, mechanically oriented objects such as puzzles, games, gears and motors.


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THE ONLY DIY BOOK FOR ONE-OF-A-KIND PROJECT BUILDERS

Clarence D. Goosen
Paperback

Price: $26.95

Keep busy all year long! The Only Do-It-Yourself Book for One-of-a-Kind Project Builders features more than 25 do-it-yourself projects that you can modify to suit your needs and skills. This book cont…

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Keep busy all year long! The Only Do-It-Yourself Book for One-of-a-Kind Project Builders features more than 25 do-it-yourself projects that you can modify to suit your needs and skills. This book contains photos and complete how-to instructions for designing and building one-of-a-kind projects. Measured drawings, materials lists and step-by-step instructions for most projects are included in this easy-to-understand book. You'll also find articles that focus on learning skills such as welding, plumbing repairs, electrical repairs, shed construction and more.

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