Tilting: House Launching, Slide Hauling, Potato Trenching, and Other Tales from a Newfoundland Fishing Village

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Princeton Architectural Press, Sep 17, 2008 - Architecture - 243 pages
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There is an almost elemental appeal in the rural fishing villages of Nova Scotia, Maine, and Newfoundland. Their intimate connection to nature, to the land, water, and (often harsh) weather; their reliance on ingenuity, on-hand materials, and craftsmanship; and their values of thrift and endurance serve as inspiration and as touchstones for those of us caught up in the hubbub of modern life. Tilting, Newfoundland is a celebration of all these virtues and an eclectic documentation of the buildings, landscape, and lifestyle of this remote community on a small island far off the Canadian coast. Through photographs, firsthand historical anecdotes, and delicate pencil drawings, author Robert Mellin presents a personal account of Tilting's houses, outbuildings, furniture, tools, fences, and docks, and, in the process, the way of life of Tilting. Mellin describes how houses are built for mobility and then "launched," or moved; how houses are detailed and constructed; how cabbage houses are built out of overturned boats; and the difference between picket, paling, and riddle fences-with diagrams in case you want to build your own. Part journal, part sketchbook, part oral history, Tilting, Newfoundland is a treasure chest of a book that offers new discoveries with each reading, and a reminder of the simpler aspects of life and building.
 

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I'm a sucker for anything on a remote island. Fogo Island, Newfoundland, is home to Irish immigrants who fished for generations, until the cod were sucked away by factory fishing. But many remain on ... Read full review

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In this curious interlacing of surefooted, methodical academic study with folksy, Lake Woebegone-style anecdotes, Mellin (architecture, McGill Univ.) documents unvarnished rural life in the tiny ... Read full review

Contents

CONTENTS
OUTBUILDINGS AND WORK
135
FISHERY OUTBUILDINGS
155
NOTES
227
GLOSSARY OF LOCAL TERMS
235
BIBLIOGRAPHY
237
INDEX
239
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Robert Mellin is an associate professor at the School of Architecture at McGill University and a registered architect. He received the 2006 Paul E. Buchanan Award for excellence in fieldwork and interpretation from the Vernacular Architecture Forum.

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