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Home Work:
Handbuilt Shelter

Sample Chapter:
Louie Frazier
Pages 2-3

Pages 4-5

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Home Work: Handbuilt Shelter

BUILDERS: Louie Frazier (pages 6-7)

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100-year-old classic 36" boatbuilder's bandsaw with two wooden wheels Garden cart with motorcycle wheels, tires, and bearings rides smoothly.
The Roy Fox under construction
Interior of shop, showing work benches. Stove made from 50-gallon oil drum with cast-iron barrel stove kit.
The Roy Fox under sail in Sausalito, California
This day Louie looked up at Pete at the other end and said, "Are we rolling, Bob?"
After losing two saunas to high river water, Louie built this one on a one-ton Toyota truck frame. A pickup truck plus a few people haul it back from the river in the winter, with Donna steering the front wheels from inside the sauna. Woodstove built from 50-gallon drum gets fed from outside (on other side). To cool off, you dive into cool, green water.
  When I visit Louie, I usually arrive at night and sleep out by the river. Then he shows up at sunrise and we take a sauna. The last time we saw a family of river otters swim through the pool and scuttle over the shallows - they didn't see us inside.
Stool legs made of a quartered fir sapling, stool legs arranged in the same orientation as when sapling was split (see drawing). Seat is piece of foam rubber, covered by piece of old Oriental carpet. Steel strap holds legs together at bottom.
Stool legs made of a quartered fir sapling, stool legs arranged in the same orientation as when sapling was split (see drawing). Seat is piece of foam rubber, covered by piece of old Oriental carpet. Steel strap holds legs together at bottom.
A model of Roy Fox with new cabin, under construction
toolbox

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Page 6 Text: Shop Talk Any builder would love Louie's shop. It's practical, but also bright, cheerful, and aesthetic. Lots of workbench space, an arc-welding setup, elegant old wooden-wheeled band saw, small kitchen, round bedroom attached, CD player, coffee, tequila . . .

Page 6 Text: Shop Talk Any builder would love Louie's shop. It's practical, but also bright, cheerful, and aesthetic. Lots of workbench space, an arc-welding setup, elegant old wooden-wheeled band saw, small kitchen, round bedroom attached, CD player, coffee, tequila . . .