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Not that Paladin Press needs recommendations of any of their books from me, but yesterday I had a chance to do some reading. Early yesterday morning, the oral surgeon took the top back molar from my maxillary sinus, and sent me home to recover with Percocet. I really needed the Percocet, but it struck me as unsafe to take it and then be less than alert with the four horses I need to care for in the extreme heat. I took a little bit of ibuprofen and decided to catch up on some reading.
One of the books I read yesterday was E.J. Bohan's Barbed Wire, Barricades and Bunkers: The Free Citizen's Guide to Fortifying the Home Retreat. On our own farm we have controlled access by installing gates, placing hidden camera monitoring equipment, and planting additional blackberry bushes in natural regions in which trespassers might inadvertently cross to our property.. We do have a section of deep woods which has some barbed wire which predates our ownership here. It never ceases to amaze me at how the deer so gracefully jump over the barbed wire, and what a pain in the neck it is to human beings who might wish to traverse it. However, this book would have been an excellent guide to planning access control on any rural property, farm and even some suburban homes. Bohan discusses at length, the use of barbed wire and barbed wire fencing alternatives. He moves on to the uses of bollards. That tall round post painted yellow between the parking lot and the store is one type of bollard. He also explains gabions which are another type of access control barrier. He then includes a chapter on revetments, which are protective walls. There is a lengthy chapter on bunkers. This is very valuable because it discusses the differing types of bunkers for lots of different purposes including as storm shelters. I think my favorite was the concrete pillbox bunker. This book is an excellent resource for anyone remotely interested in such subjects. Seeing drawings and directions for what is possible in terms of access control and protection of a property you own is exceedingly helpful in that you are less likely to overspend and make costly mistakes, especially on a subject in which not a great deal is authoritatively written.
This book was published on the first day of this year, and is therefore up-to date.
E.J. Bohan is also the author of another book entitled, Living on the Edge: A Family's Journey to Self Sufficiency.
You can buy this book by going to Barbed Wire, Barricades and Bunker's at Amazon
It has been voted as "One of the best books of the year thus far" by Amazon. The author is a musician, an animal lover and says he is often shamed into helping his wife on their orchard and rural property. He has been a frequent article contributor to Backwoods Home Magazine.