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THE CLASSIC HEWN-LOG HOME: A STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE TO BUILDING & RESTORING
Author: Charles McRaven
Publisher: WORKMAN PUBLISHING, Apr 2005
Covers everything from hewing the first log to laying the last chimney stone. 16-pg. full-color section, photos & illus t/out; 8.5x11 inches, 192 pgs.
* The classic volume on the sturdiest of pioneer building techniques
* Practical advice on every phase of building & restoring hewn-log homes
* Covers it all, from foundation to chimney with plumbing & chinking in-between
Nothing captures the romance of country life quite like a log cabin does -- trees cut from the thick woods of the wilderness; hewn by hand into squared-off logs; then stacked to create a sturdy shelter, a warm hearth, a welcoming home. Author Charles McRaven knows these traditional structures from the inside out, and from the outside in. He restored his first log house in 1946, at the age of eleven. Since then he has built & restored hewn-log houses all over the country, and is considered the nation's foremost authority on the topic.
McRaven covers everything from hewing the first log to laying the last chimney stone. Readers will first learn about the history & background of these houses. McRaven then dives deep into describing the details of hewn-log construction, beginning with site selection all the way through to the finishing steps such as plumbing & utilities. Clear, how-to line illustrations accompany the text throughtout. A full-color gallery of finished structures shows that, durable though they are, hewn-log houses are also warm, inviting, & artful homes.
WHAT THE EXPERTS ARE SAYING:
"There is no building which fits so naturally in a wild landscape as a good, old-fashioned log cabin. It looks as if it really belonged there." --D.C. Beard, Shacks & Shanties (1914)
"...the definitive guide for restoring, preserving, & building hewn-log structures." --K. Edward Lay, Professor Emeritus of Architecture, University of Virginia