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Build Your Own Log Cabin Paul and Karyn Pare ‘The log cabin is an American institution ‘of considerably long standing. It was, alter all, once the habitation of virtually all Americans, and even as it was being replaced by buildings of frame and brick and stone, no serious presidential candidate stood much of a political ‘chance unless he had been bom in one— fr eould say he had. All this has change cof course. And yet today, more and more people are returning.to their roots and are building and tiving in log cabins of their ‘own construction, Paul and Karyn Pfarr ‘are two such people. Despite their youth, the Pfarts have already built two log cabins, the secand ‘of whichis their present home. In the course of so doing, they have leaned just about everything about leg-cabin ‘welling, from how to handle an axe to how to raise a roof beam to how to construct a fireplace that will Keep you ‘warm yet not smoke you out to just about anything else a builder of a log eabin right want to know, And since they learneel allthis the hard way, they are abje to communicate it in @ manner that ‘anyone ean understand, Feom planning the basic cabin (and why it should face a certain way) to the site, foundation, basic construction, windows, doors, {ucnishings, and possible additions, the Pfarrs give simple and straightforwatd instructions, often advising the reader of Apparent shortcuts that won't work (and why). ustrating their book with photographs and line drawings, the Pfarrs present any would-be cabin builder with al the background necessary to its ‘construction —whether you're too pact to buy any of the materials and must cut or (continued on back fap) (continual feom frou flay) serounge them, or whether the bounty of the local lumberyard is at your disposal, Or anything in between Here, in sum, is the book that will show you how you can build, furnish, and live in your own log cabin, ‘The Prarrs hhave done so—ard so can you. About the Authors Paul and Karyn Pfatr grew up in Ohio and met while studying musi there. After Paul'e stint in the Army, they turned their attention to alternate life styles, specializing in primitive living, They built their ist log cabin in Kentucky, theie second—and present home—in Wisconsin. This is ther first book WINCHESTER PRESS 205 Fast 42nd Street New York, N.Y. 10017 Life “Book Reviews BUILD YOUR OWN LOG CABIN. by Past and Karyn Pfarr. 191 pases, tine drawings, photos by the authors, index, Ihara cover, (Winchester Press, N.Y.5 $12.50.) . Paul and Karyn Parr are modern young pioneers who opted to abandon a fast-paced wity existence t0 live close to the land in a cabin in the woods. Alone and at very low cost they have built them= selves two log cabirs, one in Kentuck and the second—their present home—i Wisconsin. In preparation for their ver- ‘ure they read all available books on the subject, but discovered as they proceeded. that great gaps in information existed. ‘Build Your Own Log Cabin s the natural result oftheir trial-and-error experience ‘They seem to have learned almost every- thing there is 10 know about building, furniching and living in a log-cabin hams, and have put it all together into this fas- inating book. It isa definitive and com- plete manual (perhaps laboriously so at times) a 191-page course in basic archi- tectuee, carpentry, woodsmanship, aod survival, It is almed at the novise—they ‘stress that you need no previous know- bow, no unusual strength. American ~ Taylor Memorial Public Library Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio Published by the Early American Soclety Painstakingly, the authors guide yOlt ‘through the beginning stages of -your plans, incorporating your particular nests and the imitations of your pocketbook, ‘The choice of buying some of your materials, ot using all natutal (or even scrounged) ones depends on. their. rela tive avallabiliy, your funds, your wishes, the time element, All the possibilities are laid out for your consideration. ‘Thirteen different floor plans are ithus- trated, ranging from a one-room 8" by 8° cabin for one person 10 a two-story 20" by 20° home that will house up (0 ten persons. The layouts all remind one ‘of a ship plan; not an inch goes wasted. ‘The designs are crude but extremely ive able, meeting the basic human needs of shelter, warmth, food preparation, stor age, The larger the eabin, naturally, the more “luxurious” te accoutrements. (leq an 8 by 12! room for one boasts J. an easy chair, bed, table, stool, and pantry!) AY October 1978 Choosing a site, selecting te right axe-size, finding suitable tres; tree-fll ing techniques, hewing, barking, notzhe ing, shinking—ihe woodstore in this ‘book will astound you. Terms lke pur- tins, puncheons, joists, hogshed roof will soon roll off your tongue, Necd mortar? There is a recipe for a “fairly 200d” one made from dirt, ashes, sat ‘and. water. Some advice on pegging: “always make the peg snug, especially ‘with green wood, ‘but don’t get too speedy or the article. . . may split on you." Directions are always very com= plete. Probiems you never dreamed of op up and are explained say. This is fo simplistic book or panacea for the {azy; itis a sophisticated approach that ‘wil bring you a permanent result. ‘A side benefit from reading this book is the fecling you get of the imeinsic worthiness of sach an effort. The Pfars* ‘healthy philosophy of Ufe and respect for all natural things is very evident ‘Their straightforward, practical approach 4s admirable; you seuse their spirituz ‘and ‘intellectual communion with the ‘outdoors as well, Build Your Own Log Cabi stouk hhave a broad appeal in today’s age © ‘uncertainty. Young people inthe Pfarrs situation, middle-agcrs discachanted wit! their lot, retired folks who have alway dreamed of “that homme in the woods" all can find encouragement and valuabt information. The possibilities are exci ‘ng. and the price isright.—AC wget