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Simple Shelters: Tents, Tipis, Yurts, Domes and Other Ancient Homes [Paperback]

Jonathan Horning
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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Wooden Books (22 Oct 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904263674
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904263678
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 15.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 130,539 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply sustainable 6 Mar 2011
By Lucy M
Format:Paperback
This is a beautiful little book with alot of integrity. Printed on recycled paper and written in accessible language, it gives a brief but interesting tour of simple shelters from around the world. The drawings are intricate but simple to understand and probably detailed enough to have a go at building one of the shelters yourself. The narrative is chatty and informative, and it feels like you're flicking through an enthusiast's sketchbook.

This would be a lovely pocket-sized gift or source of inspiration for anyone with an interest in sustainability, construction, architecture, design or simple living... or for the person who dreams of building a garden hideaway. A little gem.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait to try some. 21 July 2011
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Bought this as I work with children outside and thought there may be a few shelters we could try to build. Well, there are more than a few and I can't wait to try them; it gives good instructions as well as the history behind them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely little book 20 Jun 2011
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I dithered about buying this book as it did not have the "look inside" feature but finally took a chance on the strength of the one review. I am not disappointed. It is a lovely little book. Excellent sketches and text. Clearly created with love.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Too small 23 Nov 2012
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its just too small.should have been printed on a larger format ie;A4. the diagrams are hard to make out but.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Too Small! 22 Sep 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book reviews named typologies eg Tipis, Yurts etc, with a brief description of each typology and annotated drawings on the facing pages.
The drawings have been printed to such a small scale that I cannot read their detail ( I have normal eyesight for a middle aged person). Similarly the annotations are so small that I cannot read them. It is clear that a huge amount of work has been put into this small book. So I'm disappointed not to be able to read it. I suppose I could invest in a magnifying glass. But the question remains; having put together such an interesting study, did the author shy away from really sharing his project, or was he simply let down by the printers?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, but the font is way, way too small 22 Dec 2012
Format:Paperback
4 Stars for content
0 Stars for readability.

Definately an interesting little book, but the font size is just too small on many of the pages making it difficult to read. The appendix showing details of selected domes includes data on sizes, sadly once again this detail is virtually unreadable due to the very small font sizes. Would have been so much more interesting in an A5 sized book, author and printer please take note.
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