Logs, Wind and Sun: Handcraft Your Own Log Home...Then Power It with Nature

Logs, Wind and Sun: Handcraft Your Own Log Home...Then Power It with Nature

by Rex A. Ewing, LaVonne Ewing
     
 
This book is the first to combine a time-honored building technique with state-of-the-art technology; the goal of which is to empower dreamers and doers to build a log home and live away from it all, or as we say, "off-the-grid". Besides providing a wealth of how-to, step-by-step instruction and over 300 photos / illustrations, the authors relate a number of personal

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This book is the first to combine a time-honored building technique with state-of-the-art technology; the goal of which is to empower dreamers and doers to build a log home and live away from it all, or as we say, "off-the-grid". Besides providing a wealth of how-to, step-by-step instruction and over 300 photos / illustrations, the authors relate a number of personal stories, anecdotes and insights. Readers definitely enjoy Rex's Maxims and LaVonne's Verities, as well as LaVonne's Logbooks that detail their 3-year adventure.

“LaVonne and I wrote this book with one idea in mind: to give others the hands-on guide we wished we’d had when we began our adventure of building with logs and living off-the-grid,” says co-author Rex A. Ewing. “Although we unabashedly relate a number of personal experiences—the good, the bad, the comical—Logs, Wind and Sun is certainly not a memoir. It’s an illustrated, dirt-under-your-fingernails guide to making dreams a reality.”

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Many people dream of getting back to nature and living self-sufficiently in a house built with their own hands. The Ewings show readers how to do just that in this account of how they built a log house and then powered it using sun and wind. For most people, this would be a monumental undertaking, and so it was for the Ewings. In one case, their logs were delivered a mile from their homesite, and they had to move them the rest of the way themselves. Using a combination of brains and hard work, they solved this problem and many others. The Ewings take a clear, step-by-step approach to log building-a project one obviously should not undertake without considerable building experience. Fully a third of the text is devoted to explaining how to run one's home completely off the power grid. Readers are offered a wealth of hard-to-find information about solar photovoltaic modules, wind generators, charge controllers, batteries, inverters-all fully explained in the Ewings' easygoing, pragmatic manner with an emphasis on safety (had this material been offered during the Y2K mania, the authors would have made a mint). This section makes their work stand out from other log-building books. Purchase where there is strong reader interest in building construction or in rural living. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780965809832
Publisher:
PixyJack Press, LLC
Publication date:
10/16/2002
Pages:
303
Product dimensions:
8.04(w) x 9.96(h) x 0.76(d)

What People are saying about this

Doug Pratt
There’s a wonderfully infectious ‘can-do’ attitude at work here, and the breadth of subjects covered is truly impressive...all written in a delightful, fun-loving style based on a wealth of real-life experience. Rex’s introduction to renewable energy is the best I’ve ever read. His experience-based explanations of what the hardware is, how it works, why you need it, and how it all goes together are simple, accurate, fun and well-illustrated. The energy chapters alone are worth owning this book.
— Real Goods Technical Editor
Steve Iwanicki
Logs, Wind and Sun is a great read. An inviting and compelling combination of vision, pluck, knowledge, experience, love and humor. Rex and LaVonne have re-ignited a passion in me, and just might do the same for you.
— erstwhile and future handcrafted home builder
Keith Alan Lasko
This is just the type of how-to book would-be owners/builders are seeking. You’ll want to hear how others have done it! Beautiful job and well-researched. This book will encourage others to consider building their own log home.
— Lasko School of Log Building
Gary Schroeder
It’s a great book for those planning to build a log home, or to understand the process. I found it easy reading, but very informative. I definitely recommend this book for your log building library.
— Schroeder Log Home Supply Inc.

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