There is an almost elemental appeal in the rural fishing villages
of Nova Scotia, Maine, and Newfoundland. Their intimate connection
to nature, to the land, water, and (often harsh) weather; their
reliance on ingenuity, on-hand materials, and craftsmanship; and
their values of thrift and endurance serve as inspiration and as
touchstones for those of us caught up in the hubbub of modern life.
Tilting, Newfoundland is a celebration of all these virtues and
an eclectic documentation of the buildings, landscape, and
lifestyle of this remote community on a small island far off the
Canadian coast. Through photographs, firsthand historical
anecdotes, and delicate pencil drawings, author Robert Mellin
presents a personal account of Tilting's houses, outbuildings,
furniture, tools, fences, and docks, and, in the process, the way
of life of Tilting. Mellin describes how houses are built for
mobility and then "launched," or moved; how houses are detailed and
constructed; how cabbage houses are built out of overturned boats;
and the difference between picket, paling, and riddle fences-with
diagrams in case you want to build your own.
Part journal, part sketchbook, part oral history, Tilting,
Newfoundland is a treasure chest of a book that offers new
discoveries with each reading, and a reminder of the simpler
aspects of life and building.
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