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Wonderful Little Book of Shelter Drawings

This is an exquisite little book! The drawings are outstanding, and consistent. A primer on simple construction in a very small package. I just ordered 3 more copies. It's made me check out (and order) other books by Wooden Books, Ltd., a wonderful collection.

Go Barack!

Jeez, I hope he makes it this time around. In spite of unfulfilled promises and broken dreams. The alternative is just so dark and scary.

The National Heirloom Exposition, Santa Rosa, Calif., Sept. 11,12,13

"The National Heirloom Exposition is a not-for-profit event centered around the pure food movement, heirloom vegetables, and anti-GMO activism. Our first annual event held mid-September, 2011, in Santa Rosa, California, drew more than 10,000 people from around the country and beyond. With more than 70 speakers and 250 natural food vendors, the event was the largest gathering in pure food history! The Heirloom Expo has gained incredible interest among home growers, farmers, school groups and the general public–so much so that it is being called the “World’s Fair” of the heirloom industry!
We are happy to announce that the dates for next year’s event have already been set for September 11, 12, and 13th, 2012 at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa, California.…" http://www.theheirloomexpo.com/
1350 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa.
Drawing above shows 2 Golden Seabright bantams, the main birds of our current flock.

Certified Passive House in Wisconsin

"Hi Lloyd, Sonya Newenhouse recently built the second certified Passive House in Wisconsin, so I went to have a look and gave her a copy of your book. It's a charming house and it was great to learn how to build to the Passive House standard. It's a very livable design, 25 feet square on two stories, with 3 bedrooms, and an attached stuga, or cabin that functions as a 3-season porch and storage, including root cellar.… It feels old and new simultaneously, a mix of modern techniques and classic layout.
   It was fun to chat with you in Grand Marais in May!
Steve Hansen - Creating Sustainable Cities"

Mini Barn Raising in Amagansett, New York Sept 15

Saturday, September 15
Rain date: September 16

2:00 PM

Amagansett Historical Association
Corner of TR. 27 and Windmill Lane
Amagansett, New York

Volunteers of all ages welcome to raise beams and hammer in pegs.
No experience necessary.
Rrefreshments, art exhibit in Carriage House.

Jay-Z, Beyonce: Bonnie & Clyde

"…But today, I got my thoroughest girl wit me…"

A Day in the Life of a Fire Lookout

"The video documents the (usually) very peaceful life of a fire lookout in the Gardner Lookout on the East Peak of Mt. Tamalpais in Marin County, California. I've been a Marin County Fire Department volunteer lookout for two years and deeply love the mountain and the peace it brings to us here in the Bay Area. Perhaps this 6-minute video will convey some of the emotions I feel when sitting on her peak. - Gary Yost"
Sent us by Mike W

Shelter-inspired Yurt in Colorado

"Lloyd- twenty years ago today, my wife gave me a copy of Shelter for my birthday... I'm sending the results back to you. It's not tiny, but man has it been fun.  - Tracy Lightsey"
There are a ton of photos here.

Dangers of Tiny Homes

Message on our answering machine a few days ago:
"Dear Shelter,
I went to a party yesterday and all the people there wanted to read the book I had and wouldn't let me have it back. They chased me around the room and the deck and the swimming pool and I couldn't get away from the crowd 'cause all they wanted to do was read your book. So I was wondering if you could send me some small books.…
Jackie Johnson, Dover, Delaware"
Reprinted with Jackie's permission

Tea House in Santa Cruz Built of Recycled Wood

More from Molecule Tiny Homes in Santa Cruz. These guys do nice work!

Surfing By The Light of the Silvery Moon

Well, not exactly. The skateboarders (see below) told me they'd been going mat-surfing by moonlight (like the Hook in Santa Cruz w. no one else out). They were going out last night, so I and suited up and got into the water at 8, about 15 minutes after sunset. The guys were out, two mats and a board. You could see OK for maybe 45 minutes, until you couldn't make out the horizon. Moon not up yet. Small waves, kind of sloppy rides, but it was kind of exquisite and unique, being in the ocean as light faded, paddling the quarter-mile back to the take-out point guided by the beach house lights. In all these years, I never thought of going out at sunset.
   It made me think of swimming one night in the cove at aquatic Park in San Francisco. In the '90s, I belonged to the the South End Rowing Club and would swim in the cove about once a week. I decided to try swimming one night. As soon as I got into the water, I felt this exhilaration, maybe it was a feeling of independence. This was unique. No one knew I was there; I was on my own and I was comfortable. The lights of Ghirardelli Square sparkled on the water. I could see the Buena Vista Café, all lit up. Yesss!
    Got back to the club, took a sauna, and was I wired! Natural high.

480 sq.ft. Inlaw Home Palo Alto (sans land): $180K

"This modular net zero energy home was designed as a model of sustainability. New Avenue Inc. partnered with the DOE and the cities of Palo Alto and San Jose to create this home and it will be open to the public until April 2013. Anyone can visit the home and experience what a well designed in-law unit or backyard cottage feels like. New Avenue Inc., will move the home to your backyard or land after the city's education program ends. New Avenue will manage the engineering, permitting and financing of this home for you. The majority of homes in California have the right to put this in their own backyard."
From Tiny House Talk blog. Click here.
Check out the builders: http://www.newavenuehomes.com/

New Tiny Home On Wheels For Sale in Santa Cruz,California

"We have for sale a beautiful, tiny house. Built this year, all new construction. This tiny house is 8' 6" wide by 20' long by 13' 5" high. Including the porch and lofts it is approximately 260 square feet. It has has two sleeping lofts, one 8' by 6', and one 8' by 3'. The house is built on a new 12,000 lbs rated trailer, and can be towed anywhere. The house features a full kitchen, including three burner range and oven, and a full bathroom with shower and tub. A fold down 4' by 8' deck, on demand water heater, double paned windows, and full insulation round out the house. Vaulted knotty pine ceilings with ceiling fan and overhead light brightens the whole house. Tough Pergo floors complement the living space. The house has all the necessary conveniences of a much larger house, despite its small size. Other amenities like fold down "Murphy" style bed on the ground level with convertible fold up writing desk, and washer dryer hookups are available if desired. RV style utility hookups make this house a breeze to set up or move. Convenience of mobility with the comfort of a traditional home. Own a new home for the price of a car. Asking $48,000. Contact moleculehomes@gmail.com."

Skateboarding on Wood Scraps

Spotted this great driftwood skateboard today. Here is, l-r, Sean Hellfritsch, Ryan Hett (driftwood board). Later I shot pic of them skating down pretty steep hill with their buddy Nick Alves on a carved-up snowboard. Witty.

2 Songs by Roscoe Holcomb

Discovered this at Ratman's website: http://dontshaveyourtwat.blogspot.com/

Deer On Beach on Foggy Morning

This was at Drake's Beach early one foggy morning. I'd walked to the end of the beach and when I started back, I saw that these deer had come down an arroyo. From a pretty long distance away, they spotted me and turned to face me, ears splayed out like sonar detectors to pick up sounds. At this point I was maybe 200 yards away from them, and they scurried back up the arroyo.

Tiny Texas Houses: Monthly House Spotlight for August 2012

This is Brad Kittel, who shot the cover photo for Tiny Homes, displaying his latest creations -- all recycled materials.

Lead Pencil Sculpture and Philosophy

"Many artists have used pencils to create works of art – but Dalton Ghetti creates miniature masterpieces on the tips of pencils.
Dalton, who works as a carpenter, has been making his tiny graphite works for about 25 years.…"

Click here.
From Bob Kahn