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Shelters, Shacks, and Shanties


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By Daniel C. Beard
Illustrated by the Author
270 pages 5" x 8" Trade paperback
$14.95 1992 ISBN-10: 0-936070-13-7
ISBN-13: 978-0-936070-13-1

Daniel C. Beard, one of the founders of the Boy Scouts of America, wrote and illustrated numerous books on the outdoors, including The American Boy's Handy Book, a classic best-seller with over 300,000 copies in print.

Shelters, Shacks, and Shanties was written and illustrated by Beard in 1914. It has 338 pen and ink drawings, along with instructions for a wide range of shelters, from the simplest and most basic — structures built with nothing but a hatchet — to gradually more elaborate constructions using an axe. It’s addressed to “boys of all ages” and is of special interest to homesteaders or anyone else thinking about putting a simple roof overhead.

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  • Sod Houses
  • Log Cabins
  • Over-Water camps
  • Railroad Tie Shacks
  • Navaho Hogans


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