Whirling logs — Navajo hogan

In Spring 1973, Jack Fulton and I took off in my BMW 2002 for New Mexico to shoot photos for the upcoming book Shelter. On our way home, we ended up on a dirt road on a Navajo reservation in Arizona. We pulled into a market, and this hogan was sitting out in front of the store. I put my fisheye lens on the dirt floor and set the camera on self timer. That’s me and Jack standing in the doorway (and reflected in lens-bounce). This shows pretty clearly the ingenious method for framing hogan roofs, with succeeding layers of poles overlapping at 45° angles. They were then covered with soil (and probably bark underneath). This photo appears on page 35 of Shelter.

About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

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