Beautiful slide show. From Lew Lewandowski

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:

5 Responses to Barns!

  1. I have loved looking at Barns everywhere I've lived. Many more old barns then what they used to be. It says a lot about our country…that Americans are willing to let other countries grow their food and animals. like the song says……"used to be the hub of life." I'd like to learn this song….wonder where I can get the music and words. thanks for posting this one…it spoke to my heart.

  2. Yes, they all fall down but the story of their rising is where the real lessons stand.

    "Barn raising" was a foundation of American rural life for more than two hundreds years in this country.

    Can you imagine anything more solidifying, sustaining, and non-competitive for a community than devoted neighbors traveling for miles to volunteer their sweat and labor for days to build each others barns, which were private properties and businesses?

    BTW, barnwood is a prized commodity in every region of this country. It's used for indoor siding and furniture and more. Attractive to our sight and touch, it's one of the most real materials we can work with.

  3. I loved old barns that I collected book on them. and YES, I have lots and lots of barn wood in our "new round house". every where and in every room. beautiful wood. All my door jams. (yeah, never have to wash them)…ceilings in the rooms that come off the yurt part of the house…I look at these old barns falling down …and think, "now THAT would be some wonderful wood to build with!!!".

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