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Tilting - House Launching, Slide Hauling, Potato Trenching, And Other Tales From a Newfoundland Village by Robert Mellin Tilting - House Launching, Slide Hauling, Potato Trenching, And Other Tales From a Newfoundland Village
by Robert Mellin


Price: CDN$39.95
ISBN 1-56898-383-2
hard cover (alk. paper)
243 pp
Color/B/W photos


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Book Description
There is an almost elemental Tappeal in the rural fishing villages of the eastern seaboard-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 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 anecdotes, and delicate pencil drawings, 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 is stored in buildings made 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 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.

About the Author
Robert Mellin teaches at the School of Architecture, McGill University. A practicing architect, he was elected to membership in the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 2003. His love of the North and Newfoundland in particulr led him to purchase a house in Tilting and become involved with heritage conservation there.


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