A MEDITATION AND GUIDE TO BUILDING A HANDMADE HOUSE WITH LOCAL MATERIALS
“The Roundhouse isn’t just another book about sustainable building, nor is this a book just for builders. This is a book about the co-creation of culture and the divine gifts that we have forgotten about, passed down to us through our ancestors to house humanity.”
The story of The Roundhouse includes an illustrated and detailed guide to building a very inexpensive and ecologically sustainable cob-stackwall-earthship by hand using natural local materials. A hundred-mile house. However, unlike any other how-to construction text, The Roundhouse takes us on a journey into the lost art of building. Through the story of the Roundhouse’s design Steven Martyn (M.A. in traditional land use, and life-long builder of over 50 years) guides us to a foundational and sacred understanding of what building is. By relating aspects of the roundhouse’s construction to bush huts, pit houses, log houses, timberframes and cob structures Steven brings us from the archaic to the historic heights of architecture. This book shows us how the sacredness of a building can not only be married into every aspect of the location, design and structure, but how the building process itself can act as a threshold of initiation; as a right of passage into adulthood.
ISBN softcover: 9781775331346