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Author Carlsen, Spike, 1952- author.

Title Cabin lessons : a nail-by-nail tale : building our dream cottage from 2x4s, blisters, and love / Spike Carlsen.

Publication Info. North Adams, MA : Storey Publishing, [2015]
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 95th Street Adult Nonfiction  690.8092 CAR    AVAILABLE
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Description 223 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references.
Summary "Carpenter Spike Carlsen, his wife, and their recently blended family of five kids set out to build a cabin on the north shore of Lake Superior. Part building guide and part memoir, Cabin Lessons tells the funny, wry, and heartwarming story of their eventful journey--from buying land on an eroding cliff to (finally) enjoying the hideaway of their dreams. Learning as they go, and learning about themselves and each other along the way, they find in the end that they've built a strong family as much as a sturdy cabin"--From publisher's website.
Contents Wanted: Difficult piece of land : if you can't find a perfect piece of land, buy an imperfect piece and make it perfect -- Designing small : you can't buy happiness by the square foot -- The rules : when you build, build with hands, head, and heart -- Paperwork and earthworks : Mensh tracht, Gott lacht (man plans, God laughs) -- A solid foundation : when you dig a hole, be smarter than the shovel -- Kat : wife, lifesaver, carpenter : when you marry, you marry the whole person, not just the parts above the waterline; you get both the silk sails and the barnacles -- The bones of the cabin : destiny can throw down a pretty sparse trail of popcorn for you to follow -- The drive : if all the difficulties were known at the outset of a long journey, most of us would never start out at all -- Buying cabin parts : keep an open mind--you never know what might crawl in -- Skin of the cabin and mid-life blahs : beauty is only plywood deep -- A Superior lake (some Superior towns) : when you get caught with your pants down, run like hell -- Wood, wire, pipe, and drywall : the quandary with life is you're halfway through before you realize it's a do-it-yourself project -- Family matters : life is a fluid, not a solid. it changes; be ready for it -- Finishing touches : when it's 90 percent finished, it's finished -- Troubles in paradise : mistakes are the dues you pay for living a full life -- Settling in, grooving out : there's more to life than increasing its speed -- Afterword.
Subject Carlsen, Spike, 1952-
Carlsen, Spike, 1952- -- Family.
Carlsen, Spike, 1952- -- Philosophy.
Log cabins -- Superior, Lake, Region -- Design and construction.
Vacation homes -- Superior, Lake, Region -- Design and construction.
House construction -- Philosophy.
Carpenters -- Superior, Lake, Region -- Biography.
Stepfamilies -- Superior, Lake, Region -- Biography.
Superior, Lake, Region -- Biography.
Genre Memoirs.
ISBN 9781612125671 (paparback : alkaline paper)
1612125670 (paparback : alkaline paper)
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