At one time or another, most of us have thought of chucking it all in and living a simple life in a cabin by a lake. The dream is pleasant, but reality soon rears its head and we move to Plan B, which is to determine if we can afford a part-time rustic retreat for battery recharging in between bouts of money earning.

Whether you are in the Plan A or Plan B stage of the process, you will enjoy this book. It offers you a range of alternatives. Starting with scribed-log construction as the method that produces the best-quality structure, it goes on to show construction techniques for less complex structures that are more easily built by a beginner or someone with a time limitation. It is wholly practical, including a good selection of floor plans as well as plans for rustic furniture.

Whether or not you ever live the dream, this book will, at minimum, provide more to dream about and may just give you the confidence to build that cabin.

Smyth-sewn softcover, 6" × 9", 120 pages. First published in the 1940s; reprinted in 2005 as part of our Classic Reprint Series.

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