Open Source Manufacturing Bibliography

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A collection of general resources selected by Eric Hunting.

This is a companion page to the directory of Open Source Manufacturing Tools


Selection by Kevin Carson:

  1. Plowboy Interview," Mother Earth News, March-April 1974: Ralph Borsodi discusses comparative efficiency of household vs. factory production
  2. Robert Williams, "Bologna and Emilia Romagna: A Model of Economic Democracy," paper presented to the annual meeting of the Canadian Economics Association, University of Calgary. May/June 2002.
  3. Jed, "Capitalists vs. Entrepreneurs," Anomalous Presumptions, February 26, 2007.
  4. Charles Johnson, "Dump the rentiers off your back," Rad Geek People's Daily, May 29, 2008: Extremely valuable when read together with Jed. On lower entry costs when many small units of capital can be aggregated with low transaction costs
  5. Jonathan Rowe, "Entrepreneurs of Cooperation," Yes!, Spring 2006: On direct production for barter during Depression


  1. Craig DeLancey, "Openshot," Analog, December 2006, pp. 64-74. Fictional depiction of open-source moon mission



Books in with favourable arguments and material for distributing production, selected by Kevin Carson:

  1. Paul Hawken, Amory Lovins, and L. Hunter Lovins, Natural Capitalism: Creating the Next Industrial Revolution (Boston, New

York, London: Little, Brown and Company, 1999): Chapter on lean production relevant to networked local economies

  1. Michael H. Shuman, The Small-Mart Revolution: How Local Businesses are Beating the Global Competition (San Francisco: Barrett-Koehler Publications, Inc., 2006, 2007).
  2. Colin Ward, Anarchy in Action (London: Freedom Press, 1982): Material on community workshops
  3. Karl Hess, Community Technology (New York, Cambridge, Hagerstown, Philadelphia, San Francisco, London, Mexico City, Sao Paulo, Sydney: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1979), pp. 96-98. Material on community workshops
  4. Keith Paton, The Right to Work or the Fight to Live? (Stoke-on-Trent, 1972). Material on community workshops
  5. Ralph Borsodi, Flight From the City: On small-scale electrical machinery for household production
  6. Lewis Mumford, Technics and Civilization. Ditto, under heading of "neotechnic phase"


Selected by Eric Hunting:

  • Bolo`Bolo - P.M.
  • Cohousing - Kathryn McCamant and Charles Durrett
  • How to Survive Without a Salary: Learning How to Live the Conserver Lifestyle - Charles Long
  • The Velvet Monkeywrench - John Muir and Peter Aschwanden
  • How To Keep Your Volkswagen Alive - Muir, Gregg, and Aschwanden
  • The Septic System Owner's Manual - Kahn, Allen, Jones, and Aschwanden
  • How To Make Your Own Living Structures - Ken Isaacs
  • The Box Beam Sourcebook - Richard Jergensen
  • Nomadic Furniture 1 & 2 - Hennessey and Papanek
  • High-Tech: The Industrial Style and Source Book For the Home - Joan Kron and Suzanne Slesin
  • Original Whole Earth Catalog, Special 30th Anniversary Issue - Peter Warshall and Stewart Brand
  • Foxfire 1, 2, and 3 - Eliot Wigginton
  • The Findhorn Garden - The Findhorn Community and William Irwin Thompson
  • Permaculture One and Two - Bill Mollison , David Holmgren
  • Permaculture: Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability - David Holmgren
  • The Owner-Built Home - Ken Kern
  • The Timeless Way of Building - Christopher Alexander
  • Ceramic Houses and Earth Architecture: How to Build Your Own - Nader Khalili
  • Emergency Sandbag Shelter - Nader Khalili
  • Building With Earth - Paulina Wojciechowska
  • Earth Construction Handbook: The Building Material Earth in Modern Architecture - Gernot Minke
  • Home Work: Handbuilt Shelter - Lloyd Kahn
  • Earth Building and the Cob Revival: A Reader - The Cob Cottage Company
  • The Cob Builders Handbook - Becky Bee
  • The Craft of Modular Post & Beam: Building log and timber homes affordably - James Mitchell
  • Low-Cost Pole Building Construction - Ralph Wolfe
  • Measure and Construction of the Japanese House - Heino Engel
  • Japanese Homes and Their Surroundings - Edward S. Morse
  • Independent Builder: Designing & Building a House Your Own Way (Real Goods Independent Living Books) - Sam Clark
  • Growing Clean Water : Nature's Solution to Water Pollution - John D. Wolverton and B. C. Wolverton
  • How to Grow Fresh Air: 50 House Plants that Purify Your Home or Office - B. C. Wolverton
  • Application of vascular aquatic plants for pollution removal, energy and food production in a biological system

(NASA technical memorandum) - B. C Wolverton

  • Aquatic plant/microbial filters for treating septic tank effluent - B. C Wolverton
  • Aquatic plants for ph adjustment and removal of toxic chemicals and dissolved minerals from water supplies - B. C Wolverton
  • Envisioning Information - Edward R. Tufte
  • The Visual Display of Quantitative Information, 2nd edition - Edward R. Tufte
  • Visual Explanations: Images and Quantities, Evidence and Narrative - Edward R. Tufte
  • Structure in Nature is a Strategy for Design - Peter Pearce
  • Fab: The Coming Revolution on Your Desktop--from Personal Computers to Personal Fabrication - Neil Gershenfeld
  • Shaping Things - Bruce Sterling
  • Design Like You Give a Damn - Architecture for Humanity, Kate Stohr, and Cameron Sinclair
  • Worldchanging: A User's Guide for the 21st Century - Alex Steffen, Al Gore, and Stephan Sagmeister


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