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Builders of the Pacific Coast


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Builders of the Pacific Coast

“...a lovely masterpiece”

Kevin Kelly,
founding Executive Editor, Wired magazine

“On every page is something shocking and delightful. A boat with legs. A roof like a leaf. A caravan with eyes. A split-cedar woodshed shaped like a bird. Stair rails so sinuous and snakey they might come to life and grab you. Sculpted earth walls. Round windows and arched doors. Roofs curved like seagull wings. …and then there are the builders themselves. There hasn’t been a cast of characters this colorful since Ken Kesey packed up his Underwood.…”

Mike Litchfield
West Marin Citizen, Pt. Reyes Station, Calif

“Lloyd Kahn has likely done more to bring the work of natural builders into public consciousness than just about anyone in recent times. Countless times in recent years I have been told by owner-builders, designers, architects, and pioneers of the natural building movement that one of Lloyd’s books inspired their projects.”

Jack Stephens,
Natural Building Network

“What a fabulously inspiring piece of art! Truly amazing !”

Sim Van der Ryn, former California State Architect

“Wild, woodsy, whimsical. And profoundly West Coast. These are homes that bring to mind tree houses for grown-ups — with recognizable boughs, trunks and timbers incorporated in utterly original ways and perched as close to nature as possible.”

Katherine Dedyna
Vancouver Sun

“Seeing the beauty and harmony that graces every page of Builders of the Pacific Coast brought something immensely calming into our home and hearth, a kind of heart-opening grace and a groundedness. I am deeply grateful for that. We shall cherish this book to the end of our days.”

John Grissim
author, Pure Stoke

“Thanks to Lloyd Kahn’s book, the pioneering spirit embodied in these homes nestling on the fringe of civilization is going to rebound against the Pacific and return homeward to inspire new generations of selfbuilders.”

Simon Fairlie
The Land,

“A wonderful collection of imagination and possibility.…”

Steven Leckart

“…these sun-glowing, grinning craftspeople…have clearly looked, selected, waited, and then placed all this twisted, left-over sea-beaten driftwood with such exquisitely precise casualness that allows these miraculous enclosures to achieve a higher state of architectural life because they never lose the original nature of their ingredients - timber, stone, grass.”

Peter Nabokov
Professor of World Arts, Cultures & American Indian Studies, UCLA

“Kahn's three books overlap, play off one another, and diverge in a way that mirrors the varied yet coherent nature of the structures they document. Each also represents the spirit of the times…”

Jacoba Charles
Point Reyes Light

“This collection of unique and progressive designs creates a template for a future filled with forward-thinking, organic architecture.…”

Kolin Lymworth
“Kolin’s Book of the Week”
Banyen Books, Vancouver, BC

“…this is a beautiful and grand step in your further exploration that began with Shelter. It is fun, inspiring, enriching, and a joy. I would call it your masterpiece but I know the road is still out there, the camera still works, the truck still runs…and your curiosity will push you out there again.”

George Young
George Young Books (and Lloyd’s friend)

“… a beautiful visual hymn to the creative builder.”

Jack Fulton
photographer (and Lloyd’s friend)