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Home of artist J. D. Harris in Eureka Springs, Arkansas

"…Two of the more remarkable things about the Harris's home and studio are that there are no blueprints other than a sketch on a piece of paper, and J.D. built most of it by himself, with little help.
'It's all in his head,' Cathy said. 'He just sketched it to show me what my new home would look like. Every cut and nail is in his head.'
   'It's all two-by-fours and one-by-twelves,' J.D. said. 'I can see this so clearly in my mind, and it stays. It doesn't just come and go.…'
   Others have constructed sloped roofs, J.D. said, but he came up with a way to do it without steaming the wood, which would be impossible for some of the lengths he's using in his roofs. He figured out a way to put two 2x4s together, put pressure on them and then nail the joints with nails at different angles so the planks hold their curvature.
   How did he get 40 feet in the air to do this?
   By building the walls from the ground up and making a hand- and foothold "ladder" out of pieces of 2x4 nailed to each vertical section. 'He hung upside down by his toes from these to do some of the work,' Cathy said. 'I couldn't watch.'"
Sent us by Fred W. Weisenborn


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