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Tiny Homes Book in Final Stages

Detritus of about a year's work as we start our 4th and final printout of all pages, this time on high-quality proofing paper. Rick has sent a selection of photos to our new Hong Kong printers (Paramount) to begin the process of insuring we get the colors right. In our usual seat-of-pants book production process, we'll now turn to working on a cover, and me to probably several more rewrites of the intro. (I'm still figuring out just what we've got here.) Each time I look at it I get more excited.

California Dreamin

First, the sun is out and it's morning. We've had two months of fog, maybe clearing in the afternoon. But now with the slightly harsher colors of fall in the air, it's a sunny morning and the blackberries are ripening. Second, the entire California coast is surf city right now. Big south swell. Third, bi-coastal exchange: we are actually getting theNew York Times delivered in our driveway on this dirt road. A miracle! What a relief from the San Francisco Chronicle.

Moon and Mountain

Here's Mt. Tamalpais with the 2-days-from-new moon from a parking lot near Sushi-Ko in Larkspur Wednesday night.

Killer Baja Off-Road 4x4 GMC Motorhome For Sale



From Lew Lewandowski

You're Gonna Miss Me- Lulu and the Lampshades

Sent us by Richard Jones

Recycled Living on 20 Remote Acres in Maine

Great article in today's New York Times by Joyce Wadler. Photos by Trent Bell.
"…Mr. Fleming and Ms. Wurst are a couple with a talent for living and for furnishing a home stylishly on a budget. Their annual income these days is about $17,000, now that Ms. Wurst has stopped teaching to spend more time with their son, and Mr. Fleming is concentrating on his artwork and home-furnishings business, Designs Adrift.
They decorated their home for just under $4,000, and the furnishings in their living room came to $828: that includes the priciest item, a $150 sofa from the Brimfield, Mass., antiques market, slipcovered in an antique linen sheet; mirrors created out of discounted glass remnants for which Mr. Fleming made driftwood frames; and the plant stand, the small grass rug, the ottoman and the shelves.
Ms. Wurst’s favorite shopping site: a parked trailer at the Phippsburg dump.…"

Godzilla's Feeling Mellow

From yesterday's Bolinas Hearsay News. Original source unknown.

Traditional Woodworking With Hand Tools Only

This came in last week:
I'm a longtime fan of your books (and more recently, your blog) and wanted to let you know about my current project, as you are partly to thank. Largely because of discovering Shelter in the early 90s, I've had a deep interest in traditional woodworking. Combined with with Eric Sloane and Roy Underhill, my appreciation for the older, time-tested styles has been maturing all this time. We moved out to Coastal Oregon a couple years ago, and I've been delighted to find some examples (few and far between as they are) of "Sheltery" structures, and have tried my hand at making some small ones (chicken coops and the like). I dream of building a small off-grid cabin on our house and spend hours late at night tinkering with the design... it started as a cluster of drydocked VW Vanagon campers, but as my woodworking skills improved, I am thinking more and more Gypsy Vardo. But I digress!
I wanted to let you know about a project I have going on, which I hope you will enjoy. I want to preface it by saying that I am NOT seeking backing or contributions (I have met my goal) so with that out of the way, let me tell you a little about it.

Andy Couturier reading from A Different Kind of Luxury in Pt. Reyes Station Sept. 8

Author and photographer Andy Couturier will discuss his new book profiling people living simple, sustainable, extraordinary lives in rural Japan, A Different Kind of Luxury: Japanese Lessons in Simple Living and Inner Abundance. This book lets readers feel the flavor and texture of the lives of farmers, artists, philosophers, and craftspeople who’ve chosen lives of reduced consumption and increased satisfaction. Andy will read from his book and show slides from these artists' ways of life.
Thursday, September 8 - 7:00pm, Point Reyes Presbyterian Church, Pt. Reyes Station, Calif.
Read more about Andy Couturier's book: http://adifferentkindofluxury.blogspot.com/

Grinding The Crack, An Exhilarating Wingsuit Flight Video by Jeb Corliss

From Laughing Squid this morning:

"Extreme BASE jumper and wingsuit pilot, Jeb Corliss, has created a new video of his exhilarating wingsuit flight called Grinding the Crack using multiple cameras for the ultimate viewing experience. His top speed in this particular flight was an amazing 122 mph. Kids, don’t try this at home: Corliss has over 12 years experience with 1000 base jumps in 16 countries on 5 continents."

100 years of East London style in 100 seconds

Posted by Mark Frauenfelder on BoingBoing this morning:

"To announce the grand opening of Westfield Stratford City, which will soon be “the largest urban shopping centre in Europe”, Westfield created this fun short film, 100 YEARS / STYLE / EAST LONDON. The film, directed by Jake Lunt with The Viral Factory, amazingly gives the run-down of 100 years of East London fashion, dance and music in just 100 seconds."
From Laughing Squid, great website

‘Smart Collar’ in the Works to Manage Wildlife Better

Yeah, right…This is fucking horrible:
FORT COLLINS, Colo. — The collar of the wild is coming.
Kirk Johnson for The New York Times Aug 29 2011 Photo: Mathew Staver
"Lisa Wolfe, a veterinarian at Colorado Parks and Wildlife, fed and monitored Rascal on Monday as he walked on the treadmill. And in the same way that the smartphone changed human communications, what might be called the “smart collar” — measuring things that people never could before about how animals move and eat and live their lives — could fundamentally transform how wild populations are managed, and imagined, biologists and wildlife managers say.

Cae Mabon - An Eco-Retreat Centre in North Wales

"…There was a lot of chainsaw work involved in notching and grooving the logs so they fitted together perfectly to keep the wind and rain out. Putting together the corbelled roof – continuously crossing the angles to gradually bring the roof towards the centre and cover the space – was a fascinating process. Later we covered the roof with ‘biscuits’ of straw to take out the steps and to add insulation. Then we added a rubber pond liner and a special felt to protect the pondliner. And finally we put up the turf, taken from the meadows of Cae Mabon.…"
Discovered by Lew Lewandowski

Moon to Moon Blog: Chilled Out, Lazy, Bohemian Interiors

"Hey Welcome to Moon to Moon. I use this blog as a place to store pictures I have found. I am currently a student nurse and use this blog as an escapism. Never a fan of the 'contemporary' un-lived-in look, I love to collect and hoard.…"


Steens Doing Mud Plaster Workshops in Finland, Denmark

This morning I got an email from straw bale experts Bill and Athena Steen, who are in Denmark and Finland doing clay plaster workshops. "Friland (Denmark) is a big story, a mortgage free community with lots of experimental and alternative building happening. Too much to write about, but a visit to their website will tell more: http://www.dr.dk/dr2/friland.…"

Plaster carving by Athena and workshop participants

Old house with reed roof in Feldballe, Denmark

More photos of their trip at: http://www.caneloproject.com/clay-plaster-workshop-in-denmark/#more-1545

King of the road: The value of a vintage travel trailer

In the San Francisco Chronicle this morning:
"…We bought our trailer sight unseen for $600 off of Craigslist in December from a construction worker named Shawn, who lives in southern Washington state.…But in our journey to purchase and restore a relic-on-wheels from the mid-20th century, we entered another world of nostalgia and old-fashioned craftsmanship. We also, I've found out, joined up with a long American tradition of camper life, one that began flourishing with the automobile boom of the 1920s, and which embodies some deeply held American ideals, from the freedom of the road, to self-sufficiency, to the paradoxical use of technology to get back to nature.…
Article and photo by Rob Baedeker


Navajo Rugs

Years ago I wanted to do a poster on navajo rugs, and did this rough layout. Never did the poster, but it's been on the wall in the office ever since.

Fire Lookout Tower in Nebraska

Halsey Nebraska National Forest fire lookout tower.