"If you're reading these words, it's because you're a dreamer. You dream of living where you don't, and doing things you've never done." Rex and LaVonne Ewing, authors of Logs, Wind and Sun ... Handcraft Your Own Log Home ... Then Power it with Nature, have written the book they searched for when building their dream home in the foothills of Colorado's Front Range.
The Ewings earned their
credentials the hard way, handcrafting their own log home with a
minimum of equipment, and installing solar and wind power that
supplies all the electricity they need to live and work
Logs, Wind and
Sun is both packed with useful information and enjoyable
to read, outlining practical topics from how to select a building
site that will maximize solar and wind power, to determining the
most energy-efficient ways to keep your home warm and your beer
cold. Somehow, the authors manage to make you believe that you,
too, can peel logs and do your own chinking and decorative
stonework - even if you've never so much as picked up a
Worksheets included in the back of the
book help you calculate everything from your electrical needs to
solar, battery and wire sizing.
The book is also
generously sprinkled with personal anecdotes and insights that
entertain and inspire as well as inform. "Every log has a
personality," the authors remark. "Treat it like a friend, but
study it like an adversary."
and Sun, by Rex and LaVonne Ewing, 304 pages, hardcover:
$28.95. PixyJack Press, Colo.
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