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Sun Sticks & Mud

This is a wonderful (self-published) book. We've been publishing books on building for 40 years, and have an extensive library of building books. There are about 25 books in the adobe/earth/cob category, and I'd put this book among the very top few.
   It's written and photographed by people who obviously love and understand the art and construction of earthen buildings in the U.S. southwest. There are 400 photos of homes, churches, barns, and commercial buildings, mostly in New Mexico, Texas, and Arizona, and I like the photographer's eye for authenticity.
    It's not meant to be a how-to book. It's historical (lots of great vintage buildings), practical (gives you ideas for design), and inspirational. I was surprised at the variety of design, and excellence of construction in this desert area.
   As they say, "Mud is the unifier."
   http://www.lasombrabooks.com/

5 comment s:

Anonymous said...

no doubt about the quality of its contents - but the picture on the cover is ugly, it doesn't make the book attractive !

Tiny Houses Hankerings said...

Sounds like an interesting book. As anonymous said, the book cover is not a selling point.

Steph said...

This looks sounds lovely though I am also interested in a how-to. Can anyone point in the direction of good how-to books or websites on adobe construction?

Thank you

Lloyd Kahn said...

Steph,
Kelly Hart's website: http://www.greenhomebuilding.com/

BK & BA (authors of Sun Sticks and Mud) said...

vis a vis the cover...it's just a picture of mud. You gotta get your hands on this cover and feel the suedey heavy matte...anyway the book just won the gold medal for architecture from the Independent Publishers (IPPY) and is one of nine finalists in Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Awards.

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