Driftwood Shacks: Anonymous Architecture Along the California Coast (Hardcover)

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Appreciate the artistic beauty of driftwood shacks and other beachcombing wonders with this unique hardcover book of photography.

Beach life is amazing, and perhaps nothing captures the quirky nature of those drawn to a place where ocean meets sand like driftwood shacks. The unique and whimsical structures are constructed by anonymous builders. They're shaped by whatever materials are lying nearby and are ephemeral--short-lived victims of wind, waves, and high tides.

Lloyd Kahn has spent many years hiking and camping along Northern California beaches. As an author and expert on building, he has always been fascinated by driftwood shacks. At first, he simply studied and admired them, but he soon began photographing them. Driftwood Shacks compiles his favorites from over the years. It features 60 structures, as well as the following:

  • Sculptures, seaweed, and sunsets
  • Birds, sea lions, sea otters, and whalebones
  • Anglers, surfers, sea caves, and beach art
  • A section on the Lost Coast

Driftwood Shacks is a coffe-table book for beachcombers and beach lovers everywhere, all of whom share a deep, emotional connection to the ocean and its surroundings.

About the Author

Lloyd Kahn started building more than 50 years ago and has lived in a self-built home ever since. If he'd been able to buy a wonderful, old, good-feeling house, he might have never started building. But it was always cheaper to build than to buy, and by building himself, he could design what he wanted and use materials that he wanted to live with.Lloyd set off to learn the art of building in 1960. He liked the whole process immensely. Ideally he'd have worked with a master carpenter long enough to learn the basics, but there was never time. He learned from friends and books and by blundering his way into a process that required a certain amount of competence. His perspective was that of a novice, a homeowner, rather than a pro. As he learned, he felt that he could tell others how to build--or at least get them started on the path to creating their own homes.Through the years, he's personally gone from post and beam to geodesic domes to stud-frame construction. It's been a constant learning process, and this has led him into investigating many methods of construction. For five years in the late '60s to early '70s, he built geodesic domes. He got into book publishing by producing Domebook One in 1970 and Domebook 2 in 1971.He gave up on domes (as homes) and published his company's namesake Shelter in 1973. Since then, Shelter Publications has produced books on a variety of subjects and returned to its roots with Home Work in 2004, The Barefoot Architect and Builders of the Pacific Coast in 2008, Tiny Homes in 2012, and more.Building is Lloyd's favorite subject. Even in this day and age, building a house with one's own hands can save a ton of money and--if you follow it through--you can get what you want in a home.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780936070803
ISBN-10: 0936070803
Publisher: Shelter Publications
Publication Date: March 12th, 2019
Pages: 160
Language: English