Timothy Clark
Roycroft Copper

new & notable books

book-iconThe past month has been a good one for those of us with a bit to spend on new books; of the various review copies I've received and the books I've bought and browsed, these are a few of the past month's highlights. I'm also including a few that won't see wide distribution until later this month or early November.

John Connell's Creating the Inspired House is a very general coffee-table picturebook engaged in discovering just what it is that makes a home inspired and inspiring, and how many folks succeed in building a home that reflects more than a little of its inhabitants.

Earl Adams and Heather Steinbach's Designing a Home with Wood is another in the two authors' series highlighting building materials. Profiling hundreds of uses of many varieties of wood as design and structural elements, the book is an excellent idea book for those trying to integrate the humanistic feeling that finished (or unfinished) wood can give even in a modern structure.

Bungalow Details: Exterior is the 3rd in Jane Powell's series on all things bungaloid (she's also written a great book on Linoleum); this time, she and co-atuhor Linda Svendsen focus on exterior details, from front doors and glass to shingle, lighting, exposed rafters, sleeping porches, pergolas, tile and all the other features that define the Arts & Crafts bungalow.

Well, not all of these books are within the purview of Hewn & Hammered, but I had to mention this one, as I have been a big fan of treehouses ever since I was small, and I spent well over an hour lost in this particular book. Nelson's other books on the subject are worth reading if this is a subject that is interesting to you.

Another a bit off-topic is Eiko Komatsu's fantastic and immense Built by Hand: Vernacular Buildings Around the World. It is an encyclopedia of the ways (in almost every part of the world) that people have found ways to build shelter from almost anything, anywhere, to varying degrees of success. There are some real examples of beauty and craftsmanship here, which is Komatsu and Steen's point; unlike modern mass-produced housing and civic architecture, a real home is built in a way that is "motviated by something larger than speed, efficiency and economic profit."