The techniques of cabin building described here are derived and updated from the American pioneers, a spirit Conrad
Meinecke fully possessed. The cabins he outlines, from the simple framed tent and two-man squatter to the long house and
five-room family cabin, are all built of natural building.
Your Cabin in the Woods covers all aspects of cabin building: from where to build it and which direction to face
it, to furnishings, plumbing, and outdoor equipment. The measured diagrams, floor plans, and cross-sections are clear, well
detailed, and accompanied by directions. Meinecke explains the proper use of tools and how to avoid potential problems.
Meinecke also elaborates on building fireplaces-from the simple outdoor campfire to the well-appointed indoor hearth. He
provides detail about fires for heat and cooking, describing the use of such implements as the cooking reflector and the
wash boiler. He even offers recipes.
Your Cabin in the Woods is lively and conversational. It is as if Meinecke is talking with you around a campfire.
Infused with an altruistic spirit, his philosophy is direct and homespun. He emphasizes communion with and respect for
nature, and includes a section dispelling fears and myths about the elements, insects, and small animals. He sees nature as
sacred and advocates a simple,contemplative life. What sets this book apart is its mix of practicality and philosophy. Even
if you don't use the exact building plans presented in Your Cabin in the Woods, you will come away with a deeper
understanding of cabins. This will help you become a better builder, as well as give you a deeper appreciation of the
pleasures that cabins offer.
In these crowded and hyper-paced times, a simple cabin offers a nest away from the bustle and expense of the city and
suburbs. Meinecke provides practical, affordable, and sane advice on how to make our own little heaven in the woods.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Your Cabin in the Woods Although this book provides ample instruction on building cabins, it more significantly captures the spirit of living in nature. Meinecke arrests our attention with a conversational tone inviting us into the cozy atmosphere of the cabins described herein. The philosophy of simplicity, as Meinecke explains it in the context of the 1940s, is sincere and uninhibited by pretentiousness. Not only does Meinecke provide us with a life philosophy, but he also equips us with building plans. From his extensive experience in building cabins, Meinecke gives us a diverse sampling of floor plans along with practical suggestions for installing furniture, hearths, fire pits, and plumbing. He further anticipates potential complications and offers preemptive advice. He does not neglect the subject of cooking and explains the nitty-gritties about difference types of fire. A selection of tasty recipes is also included (My personal favorite: “The Hot-Dog, Bacon and Melted Cheese Dream” with a side of “Reflector Oven Biscuits”). Your Cabin in the Woods is also accented with folksy cabin-life sketches that add no small degree of charm to these rich pages. As Meinecke wrote this book over half a century ago, times certainly have changed. That said, the cost of supplies has risen and building codes have undergone many revisions since Meinecke put pen to paper. If you plan to follow some of his blueprints, make sure that they don’t violate any modern building rules. Regardless, Meinecke captures the timeless spirit of a simpler era and the sublimity of living in awe of nature. Your Cabin in the Woods is ideal any admirer of nature and simple living.