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[Cob] Re: New book on Natural buildingTom Gorman tom at honeychrome.com
Thu Feb 16 11:47:38 PST 2006
I'm about halfway through Building Green. Great photography and a good 'voice' to the writing. It's certainly less earthy and somewhat less enthusiastic about cob than The Hand Sculpted House but also might be coming from a perspective that is more realistic for most people. I don't come away from reading it with the revolutionary- gotta-change-my-life feeling I got from "Sculpted," but the perhaps more honest it's-gonna-be-a-lot-of-hard-work and you-might-have-to- compromise tone is balanced with many inspiring photos. I'm new to the list, but I get the impression from reading the archives that most here are thinking/planning/dreaming of building our own houses. The building that Building Green is specifically about the construction of is really an auxiliary 'guest house,' constructed next to one of the author's more conventionally constructed houses, so there is less about it being a full-time, permanently live-able space, but there are lots of interesting and informative sidebars throughout. I hope that it's glossy-ness and more 'mainstream' look and perspective is an indication that cob and the other alternative methods are making real inroads into construction consciousness. I personally love the earthy, sorta hippy-style of the Becky Bee book and 'Sculpted,' but I think some people who didn't have the kind of VW-bus, homemade clothes, carob and organic-garden early '70s childhood I did may shy away from the aesthetics of the presentation not give cob, etc. the attention it deserves and needs! Tom
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