The techniques of cabin building described here are derived and updated from the American pioneers, a spirit Conrad Meinecke fully possessed. The cabins he outlines, from the simple framed tent and two-man squatter to the long house and five-room family cabin, are all built of natural building. "Your Cabin in the Woods" covers all aspects of cabin building: from where to build it and which direction to face it, to furnishings, plumbing, and outdoor equipment. The measured diagrams, floor plans, and cross-sections are clear ...
The techniques of cabin building described here are derived and updated from the American pioneers, a spirit Conrad Meinecke fully possessed. The cabins he outlines, from the simple framed tent and two-man squatter to the long house and five-room family cabin, are all built of natural building. "Your Cabin in the Woods" covers all aspects of cabin building: from where to build it and which direction to face it, to furnishings, plumbing, and outdoor equipment. The measured diagrams, floor plans, and cross-sections are clear, well detailed, and accompanied by directions. Meinecke explains the proper use of tools and how to avoid potential problems. Meinecke also elaborates on building fireplaces-from the simple outdoor campfire to the well-appointed indoor hearth. He provides detail about fires for heat and cooking, describing the use of such implements as the cooking reflector and the wash boiler. He even offers recipes. "Your Cabin in the Woods" is lively and conversational. It is as if Meinecke is talking with you around a campfire. Infused with an altruistic spirit, his philosophy is direct and homespun. He emphasizes communion with and respect for nature, and includes a section dispelling fears and myths about the elements, insects, and small animals. He sees nature as sacred and advocates a simple, contemplative life. What sets this book apart is its mix of practicality and philosophy. Even if you don't use the exact building plans presented in "Your Cabin in the Woods," you will come away with a deeper understanding of cabins. This will help you become a better builder, as well as give you a deeper appreciation of the pleasures that cabins offer. In these crowded and hyper-paced times, a simple cabin offers a nest away from the bustle and expense of the city and suburbs. Meinecke provides practical, affordable, and sane advice on how to make our own little heaven in the woods. At Echo Point Books & Media, we strive to publish books that readers tell others about again and again. If for some reason we failed and you don't like one of our books, we offer a 100% money back satisfaction guarantee. That is, for any new book you purchase from any physical or online bookstore, you have up to a year after your purchase to return a book for your purchase price (we simply ask you send us a receipt.) For details contact us at Sales@EchoPointBooks.com or call us at 802-257-6900.
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(This is a review of the 1945 edition) If you love the outdoors you should give this book a look. Its quaint outlook on life and irrepressible enthusiasm for cabins great and small are infectious. If you are good with your hands, all the better...by the middle of the book you will want to go out to the woods and begin building!
In addition to advice and instructions (with illustrations) on how to build various sizes and types of cabins, Meinecke gives suggestions, with maps, for entire layouts of multi-cabin areas. There are also plans for fireplaces, both in-cabin and outdoor, and recipes for preparing meals in the great outdoors.
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