"Shelters, Shacks, and Shanties"
I recently found Dan Carter Beard's classic: Shelters, Shacks, and Shanties. This profusely illustrated book gives clear and easy to follow directions on how to build over fifty shelters, shacks and shanties, ranging from the most primitive shelters to a fully equipped log cabin. You will find it an invaluable guide in constructing temporary or permanent shelters. This would also be a great resource for the boy scouts in your family. In fact, Dan Carter Beard was one of the founders of the Boy Scouts Of America.
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