I am currently working on two titles that will be distributed through Handprint Press. The first is tentatively called “Build Your Own Masonry Heater : A Plan Set for a Simple Russian Stove”. As the name suggests, it is a do-it-yourself guide for those interested in building themself something that will effectively heat a small home, shop, or garage. To the right, you see a section view of this basic masonry heater. As I write – in the middle of January – I am finishing the first full draft and sending it out to a handfull of people for review and editing. This booklet should be ready by the middle of February and will be distributed here and through Firespeaking Natural Building and Masonry Heaters.
The other book that I am working on is about How To Build a Barrel Oven. A barrel oven is a very exciting kind of wood-fired oven that is cheap to build, easy to use, and very efficient in its consumption of wood. A barrel oven can easily be be the basis for a small-to-medium-scale bakery or related cottage industry. I am hoping to have the draft for this book done by March and will plan to launch it by mid-summer.
I write because I am passionate about what I do, believe in it strongly, and believe the information I write is important and can be useful to others. I hope that providing this information can increase people’s choices and ability to make beautiful, functional things for their lives. But this writing is only really a ripple that emanates from my experiences as a builder, a mason, a farmer, and a member of a family and of various communities. You can find out more about what I do at Firespeaking Natural Building and Masonry Heaters.