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A Carpenter’s Life As Told By Houses is an unforgettable memoir of a legendary builder Larry Haun. He began his building career on the Nebraska prairie, where at 17 he helped to build his first house. In 1950, he began framing in Albuquerque, N.M., and in 1951, he joined his older brother in a Los Angeles building boom that brought about rapid change in tools, materials, and building methods. Later, seeing a need for passing on production-framing techniques, Haun began teaching two nights a week at a community college–and stayed there for 20 years. He retired to Coos Bay, Ore., where he built houses for Habitat for Humanity, wheelchair ramps for poor people, and backpacked in the High Sierras, the Rockies, and the Andes. He is the author of Habitat For Humanity: How to Build a House, Homebuilding Basics: Carpentry, The Very Efficient Carpenter, and three companion videos on how to frame a house. Larry also kept a blog, A Carpenter’s View, where he wrote until a couple of weeks before his death at age 80 in October, 2011.
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Shop Class as Soulcraft is a powerful book that has helped define the #KeepCraftAlive movement. According to the New York Times, ” ‘Shop Class as Soulcraft’ is a beautiful little book about human excellence and the way it is undervalued in contemporary America. … Highly educated people with high-status jobs — investment bankers, professors, lawyers — often believe that they could do anything their less-educated brethren can, if only they put their minds to it, because cognitive ability is the only ability that counts. The truth is that some would not have the physical and cognitive ability to do skilled blue-collar work, and that others could do it only if they invested 20 years of their life in learning a trade.”
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