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A Carpenter's Life as Told by Houses


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Larry Haun began his building career on the Nebraska prairie, where at 17 he helped to build his first house. In 1951, he joined his older brother in a Los Angeles building boom that brought about rapid change in tools, materials and building methods. Retired now in Coos Bay, Ore., Haun builds houses for Habitat for Humanity and backpacks in the High Sierras, the Rockies and the Andes. He is the author of How to Build a House, with three companion videos on how to frame a house.


"If the best writers draw from their own experience, Larry Haun is as much a historian and philosopher as he is a 60-year veteran carpenter. Larry's memoir would be equally at home on the bookshelves of home building and architecture enthusiasts as anyone on a spiritual journey." -Brian Pontolilo, Managing Editor, "Fine Homebuilding Magazine"

If you are lucky in your life, you are fortunate to encounter people who are passionate about their lives. Joseph Campbell is quoted as saying; "People always say what we are looking for is a meaning for life...I don't think that's what we're looking for. I think what we're looking for is the experience of being alive." Larry Haun is very alive, and has shared with me his passion for building, his passion for community, and his passion to serve. All of us at Habitat have been blessed by Larry's energy, enthusiasm and commitment to his trade. Bert Green, Executive Director, Habitat for Humanity of Charlotte

--The New York Times

The late Haun-one of Fine Homebuilding's most popular writers-reflects on a long life through an exploration of the houses he lived in and built, in the audio edition of his fascinating memoir-cum-carpentry history. Narrator Patrick Lawler delivers a compelling performance, enriching the text with skillful modulations of emphasis, tone, and rhythm. Equally important, Lawler manages to downplay the author's various assertions about how people today are just not as good as they used to be-something that would certainly alienate younger listeners if mishandled by the narrator. An additional treat for listeners, Haun, who died last year at the age of 80, reads the book's introduction. An absolute must for carpentry and woodworking enthusiasts. A Taunton hardcover. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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