I’m starting to build a little collection of helpful how-to and diy books, and I’ve realized it’s hard to pick because there’s so much out there! Any favorites out there? I’m mostly looking for natural building guides (I’m building a cob house w timber frame), woodworking, alt energy...happy to take any and all suggestions. Thanks!
Welcome to bookworm territory.
I have been collecting and reading for 50 years and still finding them.
There are too many tio start, which does not sound very helpful, BUT, there is a good publisher you could start with.
New Society publishers. publisher They are doing a range called "sustainabe building essentials" which covers an extensive range of building methods.
Natural plasters, rainwater, design, building science, hempcrete, composting toilets, RMH [rocket mass heaters], light straw,
rammed earth, earth bag, cordwood, strawbale etc its a huge list
John Daley Bendigo, Australia
The Enemy of progress is the hope of a perfect plan
Serious Strawbale by Paul Lacinski
Earthbag Building by Kaki Hunter
Earth Sheltered Houses by Rob Roy The Humanure Handbook by Joseph Jenkins
The Cobweb by Ianto Evans and Michael Smith
The Hand Sculpted House by Ianto Evans and Linda Smiley
Build Your own Earthen Oven by Kiko Denzer
Build Your Own Barrel Oven by Max Edleson
Earth Render by James Henderson
The Cob builders handbook by Becky Bee
Tadelakt by Michael Ochs