A Carpenter’s Life as Told by Houses by Larry Haun

By Larry Haun

“… Larry Haun is as a lot a historian and thinker as he's a 60-year veteran chippie. Larry’s memoir will be both at domestic at the bookshelves of domestic development and structure lovers as someone on a religious journey.”
- Brian Pontolilo, Editor, wonderful Homebuilding Magazine
The unforgettable memoir of a mythical builder. You don’t need to be a chippie to understand this interesting booklet that Publishers Weekly calls, “a first individual timeline of twentieth century American residential structure… combining …two literary types: the memoir and the how-to book.”
A relocating tale of that position we name domestic. An early recommend for development lean and eco-friendly and an avid blogger, Larry Haun tells his certain tale by way of twelve houses – equipped over the past a hundred years. those are houses he is aware in detail, drawing the reader in with special descriptions and considerate observations.
“Just like all sturdy wood worker, Haun brings his personal inventive prospers to the activity of storytelling…. yet the place Haun’s precise character comes throughout is whilst he describes the development strategy for the various homes he has lived in and built—from his parent’s 1,000-sq. toes. wood-frame condo and the adobe and cob buildings of the Southwest to the mid-century pre-fabricated and tract homes, and the more moderen Habitat for Humanity houses he has donated his time to assist erect.”
Publishers Weekly, 6/13/2011
A satisfaction to learn. an excellent gift. This attractive memoir will entice someone who appreciates a well-told tale. A Carpenter’s existence As informed in homes explores our love of domestic – emotions so deeply rooted that they cross a ways past wooden and plaster and shingles. percentage the author’s deep connection to the flora and fauna, his longing for simplicity, and admire for humanity – and notice why he believes that much less is extra.

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Crafted together from clear, white pine orange crates. Nails sought and found around a burnt-down barn. Bent nails like stooped carpenters left drooping in the wind. No way to draw either upright. Both turning to rust and dust. Damn, damn, damn, damn. Finger split like the wooden handle dripping blood and pitch. Coloring the pine boxes like a chicken-poxed child. Forged hammer stayed behind. Teacher of yet another generation of nail-pounders. Leaving me to stoop, droop, and turn to rust and dust.

I didn’t have money to buy nails for my small projects. I used nails from the crates and also those I found looking through the ashes of an old barn that had burned down not far from where we lived. The nails had lost their temper in the fire so were not easy to drive without bending. I also had access to the city dump, where people threw their castoffs. Most everything was being recycled, but now and then I would find a treasure I could use, like a thrown-away alarm clock. I would tinker with the clocks and often get them running again.

Believe it or not, Nebraska is not just one big cornfield. With all the wetlands, it’s no surprise that this area is a stopover place for many migratory birds. The king of these birds, in my opinion, is the Sandhill crane, a tall, grayish bird with a red beret. The For centuries, thousands upon thousands of Sandhill cranes have been returning to the Sandhill country to rest before continuing their long yearly migration. 38 cranes come this way each spring and again in the fall. Often more than one-half million birds pass through in a season.

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