• CABIN LESSONS

    Carpenter Spike Carlsen, his wife, and their recently blended family of five kids set out to build a cabin on the north shore of Lake Superior. Part building guide and part memoir, Cabin Lessons tells the funny, wry, and heartwarming story of their eventful journey -- from buying land on an eroding cliff to (finally) enjoying the hideaway of their dreams. Learning as they go, and learning about themselves and each other along the way, they find in the end that they’ve built a strong family as much as a sturdy cabin.

    Item: 7609

    Author: Spike Carlsen

    Format: Paperback

  • DISCOVER YOUR NUTRITIONAL STYLE

    Do you want to feel good again, have abundant energy, and finally take control of your own health? Wouldn't it be nice to effortlessly release excess weight and return to your natural vibrancy and glow? It's time you make the connection between what's on your plate and how you feel. Discover Your Nutritional Style shows you the way.

    Holli Thompson, CHHP, CNHP, gives you the information you need to understand how to nourish yourself in a way that's best for you, based on your individual needs and preferences. Learn what's right for you … and how what's right for you changes with the seasons and with your needs.

    Drawing on her years of experience as a certified holistic health coach, Thompson helps you discover what nutritional style (from healthy omnivore to flexible vegetarian to modern vegan) is ideal for your personal nutrition. Her flexible, seasonal approach to eating helps you modify your diet to support your health and lifestyle throughout the year.

    Thompson provides extensive discussions and valuable advice on how to discover your nutritional style. From there, she tells you all about foods to avoid, foods to choose, and the principles of holistic eating and personal care. In addition, Thompson provides clear, sensible advice for resetting your system and doing a safe, healthy and trouble-free cleanse. Dozens of delicious, easy-to-make recipes using seasonal ingredients round out the book.

    Item: 7520

    Author: Holli Thompson

    Format: Hardcover

  • DIY FURNITURE 2

    Featuring 30 new designs by leading designer-makers from around the world, DIY Furniture 2 builds on the international success of the previous title, showing you step-by-step how to make unique designer furniture.

    Including both conceptual objects and modern designs, the book showcases innovative processes using readily available materials commonly found at the local hardware store. Each project features diagrams with short, easy-to-follow instructions on how to build the piece.

    The projects range from novice to experienced, allowing the reader to start where they are comfortable and work toward more difficult projects as they gain knowledge, familiarity with tools, and confidence.

    The designs in this book will have you thinking about common materials in a whole new way!

    Item: 7182

    Author: Christopher Stuart

    Format: Paperback

  • GREEN BUILDING DECISION KIT - CD ONLY

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    The Green Building Decision Kit CD-ROM is the software that belongs to the Green Building Decision Kit. It's designed to educate and aid you with the decision making process of 'green' construction: residential or small commercial, new or remodeling.

    The Green Decision Matrix software provides a comparison of options in each area of the green building discussion based upon with user's input. The software begins with input regarding your priorities (i.e. costs, living style, embodied energy, environmental impacts, etc.) and uses these priorities during the 'weighting' process to provide a most favorable to least favorable list for each component.

    This CD-ROM, with or without the rest of the Green Building Decision Kit, is a helpful tool for keeping track of your priorities.

    Item: 4368

    Format: CD ROM

  • GREEN HOME BUILDING

    According to conventional wisdom, building a green home is an expensive endeavor. The standard approach treats green as an add-on, tacking "premium" products, finishes and equipment onto a traditional home design. As a result, many green home projects end up over budget or fail to achieve their environmental and performance goals.

    Green Home Building explodes the myth that green homes have to cost more. Using proven methods based on applied building science, authors Miki Cook and Doug Garrett show how to:

    • Lower base construction costs to provide funding for high performance upgrades
    • Achieve a net zero energy home, including "zero-ing" water, waste, carbon and associated costs within 15 years
    • Live affordably into the future, despite anticipated rising costs for fuel, water, materials, taxes and health care

    This comprehensive guide to building green on any budget defines the strategies that maximize the return on green investments. Written for anyone who has ever been swayed by the argument that the price tag limits how green a home can be, Green Home Building is a must-read for builders, contractors, architects, designers and homeowners.

    Item: 7436

    Author: Miki Cook & Doug Garrett

    Format: Paperback

  • HAND SPUN

    In her newest book, Hand Spun, art-yarn pioneer and Pluckyfluff creator Lexi Boeger offers yet another exciting collection of new and innovative spinning techniques. This well-rounded book also covers a handful of traditional styles for the spinner to master and then turn on their ear. The many uses of these beautiful one-of-a-kind yarns are demonstrated in Boeger's trademark, surprising, and inventive projects.

    • Learn the basics of fiber prep, from washing raw fleece to carding techniques.
    • Find out how to adapt basic spinning styles to create cutting-edge forms.
    • Be inspired by a stunning gallery of hand-spun yarns that combine various techniques shown in the book.
    • Get complete instructions for 20 fashion-forward, yet accessible, projects including chunky scarves, fabulous hats, a belt, a rug, boas, and more.
    Item: 6675

    Author: Lexi Boeger

    Format: Paperback

  • HANDMADE GATHERINGS

    From the décor, to the entertainment, on down to the recipes themselves, Handmade Gatherings presents inspired suggestions for thoughtful, flavorful, festive communal dining. Here you'll find 16 parties built around the rhythm of the seasons. Frosty winter fêtes, lush springtime soirées, sultry summer get-togethers, and crisp autumn affairs … it's all here! Food, décor, crafts, and more are part of each event, all collectively assembled and executed. Throw memorable gatherings with your loved ones, enjoy the food, connect with your community, and get caught up in the splendor of it all.

    Item: 7333

    Author: Ashley English

    Format: Hardcover

  • HANDMADE WALLS

    Can't afford to buy that amazing piece from your favorite gallery? Unoriginal, store-bought "art" leaving you ... uninspired? With Handmade Walls, you can finally grasp that creative look you've always wanted without spending a fortune or succumbing to that cookie-cutter feel. Inside this book, you will find 22 imaginative ideas that will encourage you to fill your home with handmade creations. From showcasing a family photograph in a farmhouse-inspired frame to an elegant, multifaceted mirror that lights up an entire room, each of these projects will become a stunning addition to any space.

    Perfect for anyone who has ever wanted to fill his or her walls and rooms with personality, Handmade Walls shows you how to use beautiful, budget-friendly art to turn your house into a home.

    Item: 7470

    Author: Jamin & Ashley Mills

    Format: Paperback

  • HOMES THAT HEAL

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    News about the rising numbers of childhood asthma, autism and cancers — as well as learning and behavior problems — is being linked to indoor air quality, the health effects of mold, and the overall quality of the buildings we inhabit. Homes that Heal addresses both of these developments, revealing that our own homes may be making us sick. Easy-to-read, solutions-oriented and humorous, this book is full of advice and stories that empower families to take back their health on a daily basis.

    Item: 2198

    Author: Athena Thompson

    Format: Paperback

  • HOUSING RECLAIMED

    Housing is a fundamental human right. For most of human history, our homes were built by hand from whatever local materials were available. However, since the Industrial Revolution, most housing has become little more than quickly constructed, mass-produced, uniform boxes. At the same time, the invention and standardization of the 30-year mortgage and our ever-increasing reliance on credit has come to mean that most of us never own our homes outright.

    Housing Reclaimed is a call to arms for nonconventional home builders. It examines how technological advances, design evolution and resourceful, out-of-the-box thinking about materials and efficiency can help us meet the challenge of building affordable, environmentally friendly, beautiful and unique homes. Focusing on the use of salvaged and reclaimed materials, this inspirational volume is packed with case studies of innovative projects including:

    • Phoenix Commotion — working together toward low-income home ownership through sweat equity and 100% recycled materials
    • HabeRae — revitalizing neighborhoods by creating urban infill using modern technology and sustainable and reclaimed materials
    • Builders of Hope — rescuing and rehabilitating whole houses slated for demolition

    These projects and others like them demonstrate that building one's own home does not have to be an unattainable dream. This beautifully illustrated guide is a must read for anyone interested in creating quality zero- or low-debt housing, reducing landfill waste and creating stronger communities.

    About the author
    Jessica Kellner is editor-in-chief of Mother Earth Living magazine (www.motherearthliving.com) and a passionate advocate of using architectural salvage to create aesthetically beautiful, low-cost housing.

    Recommended Product for Wiser Living: Today, more than ever before, our society is seeking ways to live more conscientiously. To help bring you the very best inspiration and information about greener, more sustainable lifestyles, MOTHER EARTH NEWS is recommending books and products to readers. For more than 40 years, MOTHER EARTH NEWS has been North America's "Original Guide to Living Wisely," creating books and magazines for people with a passion for self-reliance and a desire to live in harmony with nature.

    Item: 5298

    Author: Jessica Kellner

    Format: Paperback

  • HOW TO BUILD WITH GRID BEAM

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    How To Build With Grid Beam is a Mother Earth News book that will help you become familiar with the modular, reusable building system that is fast, easy, affordable and virtually goof-proof.

    Grid beam's modular pieces and bolt-together construction make the system fast and straightforward to work with. It has all the advantages of an industrial building system: standard, modular sizes; uniform materials; and interchangeable parts. Projects knock flat and are easy to transport. Since the pieces can be used over and over again, grid beam is easy both on your wallet and on the environment — the authors have been using some of their components for over 30 years.

    How to Build with Grid Beam includes hundreds of photos of real projects built over a 60-year period, showing the many uses of grid beam, from shelves for college students to projects involving alternative energy. The versatility of grid beam is inspiring, for beginners, more experienced do-it-yourselfers, and innovators who will develop their own designs. Even school-age children can use grid beam to build simple projects.

    About the Contributor(s):
    Phil Jergenson is an innovator who built the first grid beam vehicle.

    Richard Jergenson built his first grid beam project in 1977.

    Wilma Keppel is a writer and editor who is also a welder, carpenter and grid beam builder.

    Item: 3838

    Author: Phil & Richard Jergenson

    Format: Paperback

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