How to Make Low Cost Building Blocks: Stabilized Soil

Cover, How to Make Low Cost Building Blocks: Stabilized SoilAuthor(s): Malcolm Davis

ISBN: 1853390860

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How to Make Low Cost Building Blocks: Stabilized Soil.. by Malcolm Davis. UK Imported

Soil testing instruction basic description for making Cinva Ram bricks, 36 pages, simple instructions, written for third world or non-English speaking readers, covers soil testing for clay, how to mix and prepare soils, well illustrated, softcover.

 

Encyclopedia of Timber Framing and Carpentry (Modern Carpenter Joiner and Cabinet Maker)

Encyclopedia of Timber Framing and Carpentry (Modern Carpenter Joiner and Cabinet Maker)
Author(s): G. Lister Sutcliffe (Editor)

Publisher: Cowles Magazine

ISBN: 0918678587

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Encyclopedia of Timber Framing and Carpentry (Modern Carpenter Joiner and Cabinet Maker) Reprint Edition Hardcover Publication date: July 1990

Back to Basics : How to Learn and Enjoy Traditional American Skills

Cover, Back to Basics : How to Learn and Enjoy Traditional American Skills

Publisher: Readers Digest

ISBN: 0895779390

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Back to Basics : How to Learn and Enjoy Traditional American Skills

Hardcover March 1997

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Voluntary simplicity has become a catch phrase for what seems to be a yearning for a simpler, more self-sufficient and economical way of living in the late 20th century. This book, first published in 1981 and recently updated, was probably many folks’ first in-depth exposure to the idea of a simpler life, making things by hand, and enjoying a stronger sense of control over personal budgets, home projects, and lifestyles. Hundreds of projects are listed, illustrated in step-by-step diagrams and instructions: growing and preserving your own food, converting trees to lumber and building a home from it, traditional crafts and homesteading skills, and having fun with recreational activities like camping, fishing, and folk dancing without spending a lot of money. This book will have you dreaming and planning from the first page! —

Synopsis
With so many urban and suburban dwellers moving toward simplifying their lives, Reader’s Digest has updated its popular Back to Basics series to provide the ultimate how-to book. It’s packed with hundreds of projects and illustrated step-by-step sequences to help you learn to live more self-sufficiently, with sections on shelter, alternative energy sources, growing and preserving food, home crafts, and even recreation. Includes over 2,000 photos, diagrams and drawings.

Living Spaces: Ecological Building and Design

Cover, Living Spaces: Ecological Building and DesignAuthor(s): L. Abraham and T. Fisher

ISBN: 3895089257
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Living Spaces: Ecological Building and Design adapted from Germany by L. Abraham. T., Fisher .

This dense, spectacular, full color edition covers everything including stone, clay, cob, timberframe, brick and other natural techniques. Discusses sustainability, the basics of design, materials, solar, thermal, acoustical, moisture, cost effectiveness, repair, energy efficiency, and so much more.

(Natural pigments from plants, water systems, recycling old doors, windows, modern electrical products, materials in bedding, insulation composting, fuel, and facade design. Over 480 pages with unique photos of European and other houses throughout, bibliography, resources, index.

(I especially liked the reed matting and clay daub photos indicating how very old styles can be used today (pgs 93-95). Hardbound, oversize,

Alternative Construction: Contemporary Natural Building Materials

Cover, Alternative Construction: Contemporary Natural Building Materials

Author(s): Lynne Elizabeth and Cassandra Adams

ISBN: 0471249513

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From adobe to straw bales, traditional building materials are being adapted to meet code-required standards for health and safety in contemporary buildings around the world. Not only are they cost effective and environmentally friendly, but, when used correctly, these natural alternatives match the strength and durability of many mainstream construction materials.

This guide to combining traditional natural materials and modern construction methods examines a broad range of traditional and modern natural construction methods, including straw-bale, light-clay, cob, adobe, rammed earth and pisé, earthbag, earth-sheltered, bamboo and hybrid systems. It also covers key ecological design principles, as well as current engineering and building code requirements.

Experts on each building system have contributed core chapters that explore the history, development, climatic appropriateness, environmental benefits, performance characteristics, construction techniques and structural design principles for each method. More than 200 visuals depict both construction processes and completed structures. An extensive resource guide shows where to go for further information, training and research.

In an increasingly resource-conscious era, alternative construction is truly an idea whose time has come. Whether you’re an architect, designer, student, or homeowner, this book will help you to combine indigenous building materials with modern construction systems and design standards to create low-impact, high-quality buildings that meet the highest levels of comfort, health and safety.

392 pages, 2000, Hardcover

The Timeless Way of Building

The Timeless Way of BuildingAuthor(s): Christopher Alexander

Publisher: Oxford Univ Press

ISBN: 0195024028

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The Timeless Way of Building

A breathtaking and profound book. It is amazing how a book that propounds revolutionary architectural theory has stirred up the computer software industry. This deeply philosophical book, which is very practical and rigorous, lays the foundation for developing pattern languages. The book is all about a common language that can be shared to build artifacts that are alive. It stresses that a design should always concentrate on the whole and not on assembling parts. It also shows the power of distributed processing, if you will, as against centralized processing. All the great principles have one thing in common. They are simple. And, after one realizes such a simple but profound principle, one can not stop wondering how one survived without its knowledge. This book gives that feeling. If you are involved in architecture of any sort- buildings, software, organization or even politics- this book is a must for you.

The Alternative Building Sourcebook

Author(s): Steve Chappell

Publisher: Fox Maple Press, Inc.

ISBN: 1889269018

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The Alternative Building Sourcebook Natural & Traditional Building resource guide.

A unique and highly recommended addition to personal, professional, and acedemic architectural reference book collections, The Alternative Building Sourcebook will prove to be an invaluable resource for student, neophyte and even experienced architects. Of special utility are the sections devoted to internet websites and email address, subject listings, and company index.–James A. Cox — Internet Bookwatch, September 1998

Over the years as a professional timber framer, Steve Chappell of Fox Maple School of Traditional Building (the people behind Joiners’ Quarterly magazine) has met a lot of people; no small number of them offering unusual and hard-to-find goods and services of value to those interested in natural and sustainable housing. Over 900 indexed entries interspersed with photos and short articles about traditional and natural building techniques fill 140 pages. It’s fun to go through the listings, taking mental notes; stumbling across answers to arcane bits of long-term wonderings; following up on leads; finding those magic contacts that never would have been found; and knowing that the big payoff will come six months down the road when a positive need to find hemp fiberboard, seagrass carpet, or a one-man sawmill with built-in edger without delay will arise.–Mark Piepkorn — The Last Straw Journal, issue#23, Fall 1998

The SOURCEBOOK is unique among green building guides in its exclusive focus on natural building methods, such as strawbale, clay infill, cob, thatch and timber framing. Useful information on associated products, services, and tools is also provided. For builders, architects, and lay people interested in natural building, The Alternative Building Sourcebook makes an excellent reference. — Environmental Building News, April 1998

This is not just another directory of green building materials. The result is a rich compilation of helpful businesses, rounded out with instructive essays, illustrations, and sidebars. Resource categories include suppliers, publications, schools, software, videos, and workshops and conferences. I’ll be using this book for a long time.–Carol Venolia — Building With Nature, Issue#20, March 1999

Paperback 144 pages

Timber-Frame Home: Design, Construction, Finishing

Timber-Frame Home: Design, Construction, FinishingAuthor(s): Tedd Benson

Publisher: Taunton Press

Hardcover: 234 pages

ISBN: 1561581291

ISBN-13: 978-1561581290

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Publication date: May 1997

Author, teacher, and master craftsman Tedd Benson shows readers how to plan a timber-frame home to meet their own needs and concerns. Tedd Benson can be seen on the PBS series This Old House. 97 color photographs and 140 drawings. –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. Synopsis: Built for modern lifestyles, today’s timber-frame homes feature open spaces, durable craftsmanship, and an accent on comfort. This book provides a comprehensive reference to timber-frame house design, written by one of the nation’s foremost builders of this type of house. 145 color photos. 130 drawings.

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This is a wonderful book about timber frames. As an architect i can say this book is perfect from every aspect. Complete and understandable for every kind of readers. It gives a lot of important design and technical information in a form of an artistic photo album.

Timber Frame Construction: All About Post-And-Beam Building

Timber Frame Construction: All About Post and Beam BuildingAuthor(s): Jack Sobon, Roger Schroeder

Publisher: Storey Books

Paperback: 208 pages

ISBN: 0882663658

ISBN-13: 978-0882663654

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“If you’ve ever dreamed about building with timbers, this book will convince you that this method is not only beautiful and practical, but often less expensive than “stick building.” Includes dozens of illustrations and photos.” – Countryside & Small Stock Journal

If you have only dreamed about the beauty of building with timbers, this book will open your eyes. It will convince you that this method is not only practical today for homes and other buildings, but often is less expensive than “stick building.”

Timber frame builder Jack Sobon and writer Roger Schroeder offer a book for builders as well as those wishing to have the work done for them. Here is practical how-to for both beginners and experienced carpenters who want to try this method. It offers:

The basics of timber framing.

How to design for strength and beauty.

How to combine modern tools and time-tested methods.

A starter project: How to build a 12 x 16 garden toolshed.

Dozens of illustrations and photos that make it all easy to understand.

Timber-Frame Houses (Fine Homebuilding’s Great Houses Series)

Timber-Frame Houses (Fine Homebuilding's Great Houses Series)Publisher: Taunton Press

Paperback: 160 pages

ISBN: 156158150X

ISBN-13: 978-1561581504

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Timber-Frame Houses (Fine Homebuilding’s Great Houses Series)

Paperback
Publication date: April 1996
Traditional methods and current innovations make timer-frame building more practical than ever. Top teachers and practitioners like Tedd Benson, Jack Sobon and George Nash describe remodels and reconstructions, houses modeled after old-world sytles, and inspiring new designs with open, modern floor plans. 207 color photos.

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A compilation of articles from the last ten years of Fine Homebuilding magazine, this attractive volume reflects the full-scale revival of the timber-framer’s craft as applied to house construction. It features master builders like Tedd Benson, Ed Levin, and George Nash and others who have successfully integrated modern approaches with traditional craft. More than half the 30 or so articles document the design and construction of specific houses, and the remainder survey the latest methods and materials. Included are such topics as milling timbers, cutting and forming various joints, hoisting impossibly heavy frame members, and working with stress-skin building panels and other product innovations. An important addition for any library serving designers, architects, or builders (professional and amateur alike).
– Bill Demo, Tompkins Cortland Community Coll., Dryden, N.Y.