Author: Henstridge, Jack
Publisher: Shelter Publications
Year Published: 1977
Condition Rating: Slight wear, may have creased spine, folded pages, good-condition ownership stickers
Summary: My objective in putting this book together is to provide anyone who is contemplating using this type of construction with an idea of what is involved. I have tried to put down on paper what we have learned by trail and error, and thus make it the sort of book I wish I'd had before I started. I hope you find it helpful.
The main reason that we have a low cost house is that very little "energy" was used in the production of the main building material. After all, how much oil and electricity does it take to grow a tree? Once you start to cut that tree into smooth lumber, you start using large amounts of "Manufactured Energy". This type of energy is very expensive.
We have been led to believe that we must have long straight boards and planks to build a house. This requires the cutting down and sawing up of long straight trees. As the demand for housing increases, the demand for this type of tree also increases and thus their numbers decrease. This means only one thing - their value must increase.
The trees that were not long and straight were usually knocked down and left in the woods to rot. Now they are being hauled out, chopped up into tiny pieces and made into "chipboard", "particle board", "flakeboard", etc. This process requires even larger amounts of manufactured energy - so the cost climbs even higher. Other contributing factors to the rising costs are the increased amounts of expensive machinery necessary and, of course, the additional labor required.
It all adds up to one big vicious circle. In all the confusion, we have lost sight of the original objective, which was to provide ourselves with a comfortable low-cost dwelling.
Bu using this method of construction, the benefits are twofold. First, we have a readily available, low-cost building material. The second and perhaps the most important, by removing dead trees, the diseased trees, the trees that have been blown down, and the crooked and crowded trees, we are giving the others a much better chance to grow long and straight. They can then be harvested only when absolutely necessary. Their numbers should increase.
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