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A Carpenter's Life As Told by Houses (Anglais) CD – Livre audio, 7 février 2012

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If the best writers draw from their own experience, Larry Haun is as much a historian and philosopher as he is a 60-year veteran carpenter. Larry's memoir would be equally at home on the bookshelves of home building and architecture enthusiasts as anyone on a spiritual journey. -Brian Pontolilo, Managing Editor, "Fine Homebuilding "Magazine

If you are lucky in your life, you are fortunate to encounter people who are passionate about their lives. Joseph Campbell is quoted as saying; 'People always say what we are looking for is a meaning for life...I don't think that's what we're looking for. I think what we're looking for is the experience of being alive.' Larry Haun is very alive, and has shared with me his passion for building, his passion for community, and his passion to serve. All of us at Habitat have been blessed by Larry's energy, enthusiasm and commitment to his trade. --Bert Green, Executive Director, Habitat for Humanity of Charlotte Drawing on a life spent building ho

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From one of Fine Homebuilding s best-loved authors, Larry Haun, comes a unique story that looks at American home building from the perspective of twelve houses he has known intimately. Part memoir, part cultural history, A Carpenter s Life as Told by Houses takes the listener house by house over an arc of 100 years. We learn about the sod house in Nebraska where his mother was born, the frame house of his childhood, the production houses he built in the San Fernando Valley and the Habitat for Humanity homes he devotes his time to now. It s an engaging listen from a veteran builder with a thoughtful awareness of what was intrinsic to home building in the past and the many ways it has evolved. Builders and history lovers will appreciate his deep connection to the natural world, yearning for simplicity, respect for humanity and evocative notion of what we mean by home.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 More than just a well-written history 7 septembre 2011
Par S. Winkler - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
"A Carpenter's Life" is a first-person account of both an evolution of dwellings told with intimate nuances that could only come from someone who lived through the times described and, most importantly, a witnessing of the loss of connection to the basic pulse of life that the speed and rush of modern times, with all its gadgetry and novelty, has so efficiently removed from our experience. And in the telling of the stories, there is healing. Larry's style of writing is basic, simple, and direct--it is not only a pleasure to read but it also connects powerfully with an earthy wisdom that feels welcoming to the soul. The stories contain in them the comforting voice of sanity that is too often missing in the world today, and they are potent. They have the potential to not only change how we see our world, but also how we might live in the world. This book is good medicine and a welcomed input into the stream of our busy lives. I cannot recommend it highly enough.

- Steve W, Portland, OR
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 An eloquently simple and gently introspective look at a life in the building trade 25 novembre 2011
Par Timothy J. Bazzett - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
I learned of Larry Haun's A CARPENTER'S LIFE from a piece about it in the Grand Rapids Press. While I would not normally read a book written by a contractor/carpenter, I was completely captivated by Larry's memoir of growing up poor on the cold plains of western Nebraska, his early efforts at making things, and then by his long and illustrious career out west building tract homes and raising a family. He turns it into a kind of history of home building from the 1940s forward, interspersed with tantalizing glimpses into his life, chosen profession and his personal brand of philosophy and environmentalism. I was especially interested in the too-short section about his time in the SeaBees and his tours in Newfoundland and Greenland in the Korean War era. A pacifist at heart, Larry nevertheless enjoyed his noncombatant years with the Navy and being able to use his skills as a carpenter during that time.

At the heart of this memoir, however, is Haun's gently introspective musings about how we've despoiled our planet and equally gentle urging that we do better. Here's an example -

"We are human beings and we know that we deserve more than we can ever get at a big box store, no matter if we go thee with a super-size shopping cart. They just don't sell what we really need. Happiness can't be bought. It is, as they say, 'an inside job'."

Haun is also apologetic for all he didn't know about how he may have contributed to messing up nature, telling of all the toxically treated building materials he quite unknowingly used during his long career as a builder. Indeed, he reckons that hisyears of handling lumber treated with arsenic and copper preservatives contributed to the cancer he first contracted several years ago.

Sadly, that cancer finally took Haun's life right around the time this book was published. And the frequent feelings of wonder and regret that he expresses here in such everyday and humble language suggests that he knew he was nearing the end of his life. Whether he did or not, A CARPENTER'S LIFE serves as a simple and eloquent eulogy to a creative and constructive life lived fully and well.

I'm passing this book along to a builder friend of mine who shares many of the same qualities of humility, thoughtfulness and generosity that Larry Haun exhibited, right down to donating countless hours to Habitat for Humanity. This is a fine book. I will recommend it highly.

- Tim Bazzett, author of the memoir BOOKLOVER
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 I'm not to good with reading something and understanding it 21 septembre 2016
Par jessie higa - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
I'm the type of person that I have to see something to be able to replicate it, I'm not to good with reading something and understanding it. Mr haun has a way with words that, I don't have any problem understanding the message he is trying to convey. Look up his videos on YouTube and you will understand what I mean.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 What a life....... 25 mars 2017
Par RW - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Great story so far.
A must for any carpenter home builder who likes some history.
Wish I could have met the man.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Hobbyist wife loves it 11 mai 2016
Par Listen to 311 - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
Bought this for myself but before I got going good my wife, who considers our 100 year old house her hobby, thumbed through then began reading and now she can't put it down. Luckily with the pace she's keeping up I shouldn't have to wait too long for my turn!
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