Shelters, Shacks, and Shanties: The Classic Guide to Building Wilderness Shelters (Google eBook)
This excellent hands-on guide by one of the founders of the Boy Scouts of America contains a wealth of practical instruction and advice on how to build everything from a bark teepee and a tree-top house to a log cabin and a sod house. No professional architects are needed here; and knowing how to use an axe is more important than possessing carpentry skills.
More than 300 of the author's own illustrations and a clear, easy-to-follow text enable campers to create such lodgings as half-cave shelters, beaver mat huts, birch bark shacks, over-water camps, a Navajo hogan, and a pole house. Additional chapters provide information on how to use an axe, split and notch logs, make a fireplace, and even build appropriate gateways to log houses, game preserves, ranches, and other open areas.
An invaluable book for scouts, campers, hikers, and hunters of all ages, this guide and its fascinating collection of outdoor lore "still has intrinsic value," said Whole Earth Magazine, and will be of keen interest to any modern homesteader.
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Review: Shelters, Shacks & Shanties: And How to Build ThemUser Review - Mlt205 - Goodreads
I thought it was interesting how he mentions crowds and pollution and other problems of the cities repeatedly and we think of his time as the "good old days" before cities had these problems. Read full review
Review: Shelters, Shacks & Shanties: And How to Build ThemUser Review - Dav - Goodreads
Got it from the library and I'm going to buy my own copy of this. It is very well detailed and well illustrated reference on how to build pretty much every shelter humans have ever created, in the ... Read full review