House Born of Mud, A Builder's Story

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This is a story of the struggle to create beauty. A novice may find it useful in building an adobe house--how to mix the mud, how to grade a pipeline, how to tell a two-by-six from a one-by-ten: such details abound. But above all, it tells of a man's triumph over every obstacle to achieve something delightful. When the author undertook to build a home for his family in the spring of 1964, he had no building experience and very little concept of what he faced. Aside from the obduracy of the materials he had to work with, he would encounter vexing conflicts with the subcontractors and workers that he hired. As both boss and laborer, he knew neither how to lead them nor to be one of them. He simply believed he could do it. And he did, learning as he went. And the dwelling that rose by their efforts achieved a splendor that no one could have foreseen.

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Poet and author of Spell, River Riding Writing, In Words Dive, Minutes Toward Night, and Anniversary Wings, the last two also from Sunstone Press, William N. Gates grew up in Ohio and went to school in the East, but always felt the lure of the Southwest. He and his wife live and work in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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''The author's easy way of writing--simple, clear, and self-effacing--belies the chore of building an adobe. For example, 'Don't hurry, don't strain, just dig the shovel in, pull it back, lift, swing...' He and his wife undertook the project in 1962 on 17 acres southwest of Santa Fe. They drew up plans and began building. This book is the story of that process, each step of the way. The book is more than a how-to, though many building tips do show up. Mostly it's a building memoir and long passages ensue that paint a picture of the decisions and toil involved. Instead of making the adobe bricks, they bought 20,000. They chose weathered boards over new lumber, and enlisted helpers with names like Sixto, Fonifacio and Sam. Building an adobe house is a common story in New Mexico, but this one is personalized.'' ----Cindy Bellinger, ''Book Chat,'' Enchantment

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