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The rich Arts & Crafts heritage created by William Morris, Gustav Stickley, and Charles and Henry Greene is transforming cabin design.

Much like the original Arts & Crafts movement in the late 1800s that was a reaction against elaborate and mass-produced machine-made goods, today's log building world is turning away from the kit-manufactured cabin and toward handcrafted designs in the Arts & Crafts spirit to create homes that are ...

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Overview

The rich Arts & Crafts heritage created by William Morris, Gustav Stickley, and Charles and Henry Greene is transforming cabin design.

Much like the original Arts & Crafts movement in the late 1800s that was a reaction against elaborate and mass-produced machine-made goods, today's log building world is turning away from the kit-manufactured cabin and toward handcrafted designs in the Arts & Crafts spirit to create homes that are inspired by nature and built to last.

In her fifth book, author Robbin Obomsawin takes you on a tour of 25 home plans that relate to the natural environment, incorporate porches and windows, and are simple in design but showcase the natural materials from which they are made. These are cabins with open floor plans that encourage family life, a relationship with the ideals of simplicity, utility, and handcraftsmanship and illustrate Gustav Stickley's dream that "a home should give a sense of peace and comfort."

The Arts & Crafts Cabin is not just a décor but also a way of life where simplicity in itself can be sensational. Whether you are building a first home, desire a one-of-a-kind weekend retreat, or wish to transform an average home into one of rustic elegance or storybook charm, these pages are filled with helpful designs to punctuate any home's interior and exterior.

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Ottawa Citizen
Robbin Obomsawin is the mistress of small, startling homes that blend the beauty of timbers with conventional architecture."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781586854157
  • Publisher: Smith, Gibbs Publisher
  • Publication date: 4/5/2004
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Robbin Obomsawin is the construction manager and general contractor for Beaver Creek Log Homes. She combines over twenty years of log-joinery experience with her knowledge of conventional construction methods, and has served as vice president of the International Log Builder's Association for Handcrafters. She is the author of Small Log Homes, Log Cabin Classics, and The Arts & Crafts Cabin. She resides in upstate New York

Roger Wade is an architectural/interior photographer specializing in log and timber frame homes. Wade travels throughout the country photographing homes for architects, builders, interior designers, and timber frame and log home companies. he has contributed to many books and magazines, including Architectural Digest, Log Home Living, Log Home Design Ideas, Timber Frame Illustrated, and more. He lives in Swan Lake, Montana.

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Introduction

The old form and philosophy of the Arts & Crafts style is the inspiration for classic, timeless design that is making history once more and regaining the prominence and popularity it once enjoyed at the turn of the century. The Arts & Crafts form of design still speaks to us today and continues to influence a new generation of architecture and craftsmen.

Arts & Crafts Log Homes was created to share some of the new forms of construction that have become the perfect blend of handcrafted log joinery skills merged with the Arts & Crafts principles and philosophy of the modern-day craftsman. Pure simplicity and natural imperfections of raw logs are beautiful contrasts to other natural or man-made materials. The new hybrid style of Arts & Crafts creates an exterior punctuated by the warmth of log elements where logs breathe life into the home's structure, creating once again, over 100 years later, a new hybrid of Arts & Crafts architectural style that aesthetically blurs the line between indoors and out.

The traditional form of a handcrafted log artisan's skill lends itself well to the philosophy of the Craftsman-style home. The massive log columns, combined with beautifully and skillfully crafted round and square-log trusses or a combination of them both, highlight the home's form. The architectural accents of log elements add distinction and permanence to a home's frame. The structure's exterior façade of log elements can easily be mixed with wood shingles, rough-sawn boards, cedar clapboards, stonewalls, stucco walls, or a combination of many of these materials to give the home a depth of textures.

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Table of Contents

7 Acknowledgment

11 Introduction

15 The Arts & Crafts Movement of the 1800's

33 The New Age of Arts & Craft Design

55 Key Craftmen-Style Component's

143 Working with Design Professionals

156 ReSources

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  • Posted November 11, 2009

    Must have for Arts and Crafts house suggestions!!

    My family is looking at building a new house in the next year or so. I am very interested in Arts & Crafts/Craftsman style houses. This book has some wonderful pictures and examples of this style. The Arts and Crafts Cabin definitely gave me some inspiration as to what I would like my future house to look like and have in it. I highly recommend this for anyone that likes Arts & Crafts style homes.

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