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Home Work:
Handbuilt Shelter

Sample Chapter:
Louie Frazier
Pages 2-3

Pages 4-5

Pages 6-7

Home Work: Handbuilt Shelter

BUILDERS: Louie Frazier (pages 8-9)

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Pole house on 24 8"-by-8" redwood posts set in ground. Floor of house and decks are 2-by-4's on edge. Walls are redwood 2-by-10's that slide into slots cut by chainsaw in the 8"-by-8" posts. Rafters are curved and there's a wide overhang. Sleeping loft. Rafters are 2-by-12's cut to curved shape with chainsaw.
Kitchen is on left, with ladder to sleeping lofts at right. Bathtub was an abandoned horse trough in a neighbor's pasture.
Louie sitting at base of tower for cable crossing of river
(the only way to get across in winter)
Bosun's chair hung from snatch block, with wooden brake shoe. Snatch block locks in place on cable with shackle pin Louie crossing river. View looking down from platform before you take off. Ulp! Schematic cross section

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Page 8 Text: You could get to Louie's house across a little bridge in the summer. But in the winter when the river was high, you got there on a cable over the river. To demonstrate, we climbed up a steep flight of stairs to a platform about 25 feet off the ground. Louie hooked up a chair, had me sit in it and said to let go. After a first reaction of "no way!," I finally (shakingly) got rolling. It was fabulous. It felt safe and I zinged 500 feet across the river and came into a landing platform. (To get back you unhook the chair, climb up to another tower platform and go back on another cable.)

Page 9 Text: Louie's house is a success story of the '60s, owner-designed and built. It's an off-the-grid house, but with amenities. Hot water comes from a coil in the woodstove in winter, from solar heat in summer. In the '80s Louie installed a solar-powered electric system and in the '90s, hydroelectric power (as well as a DirectTV satellite dish).