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Danny MacAskill Rips San Francisco on His Bike

"Danny MacAskill hits the streets of San Francisco and while the title may suggest some sort of adversarial relationship, Danny glides through the hilly terrain with a familiarity and effortless grace that would lead you to believe he’s lived there all his life. Launching off sidewalks and balancing along rails, he moves with uncanny precision. Danny also talks a little bit about his methodology when it comes to identifying and perfecting new tricks. So sit back and let the maestro of urban trials do his thing."
Check out all the cool things at this website (where this originated): http://www.aetherapparel.com/blog/
Sent us by Gary Gunder

1971 Motor Home Conversion - $1800 (Vassar, MI))

Craigs List, 09-27-2012:

"1971 AM GENERAL POSTAL VAN -- JEEP 6 CYL ENGINE -- AUTO TRANSMISSION -- OLDER MOTOR HOME CONVERSION -- RUNS AND DRIVES. -- NEEDS BRAKE WORK -- THE VEHICLE HAS BEEN SITTING  -- $1800.00 -- NO EMAILS PLEASE $1800.00 -- 989 823 8484 "

Thanks to Gill

Hundred-year-old Cyclist Rides 100 km

"LYON, FRANCE (AP) French cyclist Robert Marchand has ridden 100 kilometers (62 miles) in 4 hours, 17 minutes and 27 seconds. Doesn't sound fast? Consider this: Marchand is 100 years old.
   Setting off on his Trek racing bike around noon at a track in Lyon, Marchand covered the distance at an average pace of 23.3 kph (14.5 mph) - not far off the 24.251 kph pace he kept up to set the world hour record for his age group in Switzerland last February.…" http://shltr.net/100yr100k

Robin Wood Makes Wooden Bowls With Hand Tools in UK

San Franciscans Divide Over Pint-Size Apartments

"This city of sprawling Victorian homes and expansive harbor views has erupted into a fight over itty-bitty apartments. On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors had been scheduled to vote on proposed legislation to change the building code to lower the minimum size for apartments, allowing developers to build so-called micro-units as small as 220 square feet But amid a fierce debate over housing set off by the micro-apartment proposal, lawmakers chose to postpone the vote until November.
   'We have a housing affordability crisis here; rents are through the roof,” said Scott Wiener, the city supervisor who introduced the legislation and who says tiny apartments will help provide affordable housing to single people, students and the elderly. While the city’s affordable housing advocates agree that there is a crisis, many feel the micro-apartments will only exacerbate the problem by catering to the young, high-tech set, further driving up rental prices.…
   …The average rent for a studio apartment in the city is $2,126, an increase of 22 percent since 2008, according to RealFacts, a company that tracks apartment rental data in cities across the country.…"
New York Times article 9/26/12 by Malia Wollan: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/27/us/micro-unit-apartment-proposal-divides-san-francisco.html

Música y Café de Brumoso Mañana

El Camino by Elizabeth Cook: http://grooveshark.com/#!/search?q=elizabeth+cook

Just unearthed this exquisite little cup with dragon motif, and this is my first cup of espresso in it. The cup would give Lovejoy a flutter. Got my crema working after all these years. Malabar Gold green beans (from: http://coffeeproject.com/), roasted weekly or so.

Camping, National Parks, Rangers, Drake's Bay Oyster Co.

It may have occurred to readers of my post on backpacking that I was on federal parkland, and I didn't say anything about getting camping permits. Here's my attitude and policy about the National Park Service, its regulations, its stewardship, and its rangers:
  I have never got a permit for camping in the national park and I have never camped in one of the designated park camping sites, which are scorched-earth and military looking. I and my natural-world-loving friends camp in places that are not visible to hikers or rangers, and we are immaculate about camp sites, leaving everything as originally found.
   A couple of years ago, scoping out the territory for this hike, I was talking to a ranger in the North Beach parking lot; he was in his SUV, I was in my Tacoma, and we were parked driver side-to-driver side, windows rolled down. He was the best type ranger—one who has the job because of a love of plants and animals and seashore and mountains. We were on the same page, so I told him about my forthcoming trip circumambulating the park, and then I said, “And I'm not getting any stinking permits.” He looked at me for a minute, then put his hand over the park service badge on his sleeve, and said, “You didn't hear this from me, but you'll be fine as long as you stay far from where a ranger can drive a vehicle."

I Believe I can Fly ( Flight of the Frenchies )


From Richard Jones

Go to the post page…

"Downsizing from a 1,500-square-foot house to a tiny 168-square-foot dwelling in Floyd, Virginia, Hari Berzins says she loves the freedom when it comes to tiny living. 'We live larger on our 3-acre hillside," she said. "We have more time to enjoy each other, tend to our large garden and cultivate a supportive community.…'"
Click here.
Thanks to rj and David Ouimet

Treehouse Builder Busted in Germany - Looking to Move to Canada

"Hey folks from Shelter publications, My name is marco, i live in the middle of the biggest woods from germany and i write you out of different motivations. First of all i wanted to thank you for inspiration and motivation , it really made it easier, to see so many people allready living what i dreamed for myself. Secondly- I just read your new book "tiny homes" and saw that you looking for more houses two make a second book. Heres my story hope you´ll like it.
   Four years ago i felt like there should be something constant in my life, after two years of living out of my backpack- during exploring europe by foot, bike, bus, canoe and sailing boat.  My grandma owns a nice piece of land, two miles away from the next village, and its a nice place to be. There are drinking water sources, two little lakes and a little stream running threw, where we used to build hoovers and canoes when we were children.... I made some drawings, organized wood and started right away with no experience- just learning by doing it. I could get nice insulated, wooden windows for free, i found an old woodstove and i made the shingles for my roof from a tree of my place. The only things i had to buy were the Hemp insulation, screws etc, some special wood, an oven flue... I payed less than 1500 Euros. All in all it took me about six months to build that thing and it made me happier than anything before.

Trees Win Again

From Godfrey Stephens

Wood Cove at Beach


The Crossing Not Made

My backpack trip was actually a lot juicier than it sounds from what I've written.
O lord, what to do with all this "content?"
Getting across the water  was a big deal for me. Been plotting (and blabbing to all who would listen) for years, I'm gonna stash a surfboard and paddle my pack across…blah blah…
   My friend Billy had given me one of those (9') blue soft surfboards in a dumpster, so the morning before I left, I drove to the beach and, using my little 2-wheeled surf trailer, towed it 2-1/2 miles along the sand to the end of the spit, where I hid it in the sword grass.
   In one of my oh so many cases of the reality being different from the vision, it was hairy out there that afternoon. Then wind was 30-35 mph, would be head-on in crossing the channel. There was a 6' high tide, so the channel was maxxed out in width. The wind as whipping trails of sand on the dunes. The ocean was looking harsh. By 6PM, the wind hadn't lessened. I made a mature decision. I'd be low in the water, wind slowing my progress AND getting pack wet. Plus if I did make it across, I'd be freezing, didn't have a towel, nightfall coming. Houston, we have a problem.

Island in Time

For about 5 years I've been obsessed with the idea of walking around the entire Pt. Reyes Peninsula. It's really an island, in that the San Andreas Fault runs along its eastern side, from Tomales bay down to the Bolinas Lagoon. In 13 million years, geologists say, it will separate along the fault (since this piece of land is moving slowly north).
  I live at the southern end (bottom right here) and the idea was to go on foot from my home and circle the island. I figured it would take a week, with a backpack. My alternate goal was to get to the Pt. Reyes lighthouse, which is the leftmost piece of land shown on this map.
   Before leaving I took a surfboard and stashed it at the end of Limantour beach, the rightmost thin yellow strip on the map, so I could get across the mouth of Drake's Estero, the inland body of water shown (surrounded by red) here.
   Long story short, I didn't make the circumambulation, but in 4 days I did get to the lighthouse, ready to drop from exhaustion (or more likely dehydration), but thrilled to have made it that far.
   I'm going to try something different here: I'll write up the trip and put the photos in a Picasa album, which you can watch as a slide show. To see pics now, click here. For the rest of the writeup, click on
"Read More" below.

Red Shouldered Hawk In Yard

He was so intent on the quail scurrying around in the underbrush (where he couldn't get at them), that he let me get pretty close.

I'm A Fool To Care

This came on the '50s Sirius radio station just now and I was sure it was Fats Domino. it's Joe Barry in 1961 doing a cover of the Les Paul and Mary Ford song from 1954. And sure enough, Fats recorded it in 1964.
Wikipedia describes Joe Barry: "Joe Barry (Joseph Barrios…Cut Off, Louisiana…1939-2004) was an American swamp pop singer active on the early rock and roll scene. Barry started recording locally in 1958, and…in 1961…released…"I'm a Fool to Care"…It hit #15 on the U.S. Black Singles chart and #24 on the Billboard Hot 100…and sold over one million records by 1968, earning a belated gold disc.…"
   I love the way Joe pronounces "care." What a fine bit of singing!
   Click below for the 3 songs:
-Joe Barry, 1961
-Fats Domino, 1964
-Les Paul and Mary Ford, 1954

 

Old Log Buildings Being Rebuilt in Iowa

Paul Cutting takes apart and rebuilds old log cabins in Decorah  Iowa. Check out these wonderful buildings: http://cuttingp.wix.com/paul-cutting#!portfolio/c1hww

Scary Steep Downhill San Francisco Street

Late August coming into San Francisco early in the morning. I sometimes take first-time visitors to the city on this route. It feel like you're dropping off the edge of a cliff. That's my truck hood in the foreground. (This is one of the streets parallel with Union.)

86-year-old German Gymnast on the Parallel Bars

"Take a look at Johanna Quaas performing on the parallel bars. At 86, she does a handstand with her head beneath the level of her hands and elegantly throws her legs over the bars. In order to become a famous gymnast, it took Johanna more than 50 years of training."
From Russian website http://www.ageofhappiness.com/ (Discovered this because they just wrote that they want to interview me on skateboarding.)

Red Nichols and his Five Pennies - Margie (1928)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zWqk-bC4WCY
From Lew Lewandsowski

Wild Huts in the UK

"100 Wild Huts is an experimental challenge I’ve set myself to build 100 small survival shelters on any piece of ground that harbours enough natural resources for the build. I intend to sleep rough in each shelter for one night and blog about the experiences. I intend to experiment with the huts form, structure and materiality in the hope that in due course this site will become a useful resource for budding adventurers and outdoor enthusiasts alike! - Kevin Langan"
http://100wildhuts.blogspot.com.au/
Sent us by Anonymous

Treehouse For Birds (And One Human)

"(The) Japan-based design firm Nendo has created a treehouse for one person and 78 birds. Dubbed the ‘Bird Apartment,’ the treehouse was designed for Ando Momofuku Center—a facility located in a forest in Komoro City of Japan’s mountainous Nagano Prefecture, devoted to promoting and increasing access to nature activities.
   One side of the Bird Apartment features 78 nesting spaces for birds. On other side, visitors can get a unique bird-watching experience by climbing up and into the treehouse using the ladder, and peeping into the birds’ apartments through tiny holes from inside the treehouse."
http://shltr.net/TSViT7
Sent us by Alan Whittle, Element Detailing

Apparently Lloyd has moved to BC

 My friend Michael McNamara, who lives on Hornby Island, sent me this and said that he and Sally didn't know I'd moved to Hornby and would I like to come over for dinner. Joking.
   I think the confusion might be that I covered my favorite builder, Lloyd House, in the Tiny Homes book. Lloyd lives in a converted van on Hornby.
   I mean, if I did move somewhere, Hornby would be at the top of the list, but I'm still here in NorCal, living in a house I built 40 years ago.

Article here.

Harmony Farm Supply and National Heirloom Expo

We had a great day yesterday. North into farmland, to Sebastapol and the Harmony Farm Supply, what a great place. Good tools, good additives, seeds, irrigation, etc. No foul chemical smells. Knowledgeable staff.
   Then to the National Heirloom Expo in Santa Rosa. Unique event. Yesterday was the last of 3 days (Tues-Wed-Thurs). Tons of different heirloom fruits, vegetables, cheeses, on and on… goats, sheep, cows, turkeys and a huge display of bantam chickens. Food booths (and samples) up the kazoo. It's a very together farming, gardening, food preparation and preservation show. Real food and respect-for-earth concepts and practices have come a long way in the last 25 years -- progress. I'm going to this for sure next year, and we'll probably get a booth and sell building books. Our kinda people.
   Back through Petaluma and Heritage Salvage, huge amount of recycled lumber, including some stunning old barn timbers.
  Got a lot of good pics yesterday, no time to do anything other than this with 3 of them:
This was on back road between Petaluma and Sebastapol.

Real tomatoes

Bantam Silver Spangled Hamburg
raised by Janelle Thope


Cabin in Swedish Countryside

"Cabin near Tärnasjö Lake, Laponia, Sweden. Submitted by Markus Hjärne."
http://freecabinporn.com/page/3

Publisher Heading Into Non-electronic World

I'm taking off next week on what I plan to be a 7-8 day backpacking trip in local territory. I haven't done seriously backpacking for decades, so not sure how it will turn out, but it's a trip I've been thinking about for years. Got a 2-1/2 lb tent, titanium pots, beautiful Western Mountaineering sleeping bag, freeze-dried food…equipment I couldn't have dreamed of back in the 60s with Kelty pack and lots of poundage in Tuolomne Meadows and Big Sur forays.
   I'll be away from electronics, not to mention electricity, for a week. Paul Wingate used to talk about going to a remote cabin in the woods and getting away from "the 60-cycle hum."
   I've put up posts so there should be one a day while I'm gone. A friend asked yesterday, will you be taking pictures. Ha!

Fisherman Survives Day at Sea in Crate

"A 19-year-old fisherman was rescued off the coast of Alaska Saturday after spending more than 24 hours adrift in a 4-by-4 foot plastic fish crate.…" Click here.

Eagle Owl Coming In For Dinner

Date: Wed, 12 Sep 2012

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post (on owl—see post below).

Lloyd,
Here is an Eagle Owl coming at you at 1000 per second http://www.dogwork.com/owfo8/
Joe

Lightnin' Hopkins

Song: Rock Me Baby

Album: "Lightnin' Hopkins"

Demise of a Barn Owl

Friends of mine on the coast have a large garden and goats. Two nights ago they found this little barn owl dead in the goat yard. They're pretty sure it was the work of a Great Horned Owl, a much larger (and territorial) owl. A raccoon got at it last night, and someone had taken the wings, and they were going to bury the remains. So I grabbed it. Look at those claws!
These are beautiful creatures, with a white face mask outlined with a heart-shaped ring of dark feathers (lower part of which you see here). I'm going to render the skull (boiling to remove flesh, immerse in ammonia for 10 days, clean some more, then in strong (35%) hydrogen peroxide to whiten).

Drawing of Sampan

From Godfrey Stephens this morning:
"Ahoy Lloyd
Here is a great Little drawing i found of a Sampan
Literally meaning
THREE PLANKS
the general name for these small Junks
found in China everywhere in the Olden times.
amiGuf "
Godfrey's 12' San Francisco Pelican junk-rigged sailboat with cabin, sliding Lexan roof, tiny wood stove, painted, carved, decorated—-just finished and launched—will appear in our next book, Wheels & Water. Godfrey is about to set sail in British Columbia waters this Fall and I'm sure he'll send me 100s of photos and 1000s of words, all for me to distill into 2 pages. This is a gorgeous little boat!

Tiny Log Cabin on Water in South Carolina $180K

"The property is stunning, secluded, woodsy and has a serene, calm feeling to it. Gently sloping lot. The cabin has an old time charm for the owner who wants to enjoy their weekend without the every day comforts in today’s newer homes. The cabin is a log cabin – fishing cabin built from Kentucky Cypress with wood burning fireplace, wood stove and 2 out buildings for storage. Dock can be extended out towards center of cove for another 10 – 12 feet…"
Click here.

Using a Computer Before Bed Can Disrupt Sleep

"THE FACTS In today’s gadget-obsessed world, sleep experts often say that for a better night’s rest, Americans should click the “off” buttons on their smartphones and tablets before tucking in for the night. Electronic devices stimulate brain activity, they say, disrupting your ability to drift off to sleep. But according to the National Sleep Foundation, more than 90 percent of Americans regularly use a computer or electronic device of some kind in the hour before bed.
Increasingly, researchers are finding that artificial light from some devices at night may tinker with brain chemicals that promote sleep. Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute showed that exposure to light from computer tablets significantly lowered levels of the hormone melatonin, which regulates our internal clocks and plays a role in the sleep cycle.

Tiny Monk's Retreat by Dylan Hartley in the UK

"This tranquil monastic retreat is known as St Mellangell’s cell at the Monastery of St Antony & St Cuthbert, Gatten, Shropshire.
   Over the last 15 years, Dylan has worked on a number of projects at the monastery. Recently we have completed refurbishment of the chapter house as a guest kitchen, refectory and bathroom facility.
   The pictures of St Mellangell’s cell – completed some years ago under the instructions of the monk in residence – are of particular interest. Materials used were collected from demolition building projects though the cell was clad with douglas fir. The cell has a reclaimed maple floor." http://dylanhartley.com/2011/02/monastic-retreat-stiperstones-shropshire/
From Ian Price

Raindrops Keep Fallin On My Bricks

Just a few drops last week in our rain-challenged state. I was surprised when I checked my rain figures that we had 24" last year, but 41" the year before. I'm hoping we get more rain this year. The early drops of rain like this are heavenly…the smell…the most wonderful example of this is rain in the Baja California desert. When the rain comes, it's in big quantities. You can almost watch the desert bloom, and it's ambrosial.

Camera Reminiscences

On Mondays I get to be by myself in the office (studio) and when I get the biz part of the day over with, I get the caffeine and music going and see where it leads. This morning started out gloomy chilly foggy, but around 10 the sun broke through, and I started looking through my photos. I have one or more cameras with me at practically all times and I can't begin to comprehend the 10s of 1000s of images I have. One of these days…
   My first photo, taken with a Kodak Baby Brownie when I was 12, was of Puddles the hippo at the San Francisco Zoo. Next when I went on a 3-month motorscooter (Lambretta) trip through Europe in 1957 was a Rolleicord (cheap version of Rolliflex). I spent 2 years in the USAF in '58-'60 as editor of a base newspaper (Sembach AFB, near Kaiserslautern, Germany) and the secret service had a Leica they weren't using and let me borrow it. (There's just something unique about those black and whites.)
   Next in the early '60s I got a Nikon 35mm, then a Nikkor. I shot '60s culture, and always, buildings. Then along came the Olympus OM-1. It was 50% smaller than the Nikons, with equal lens quality, and I ended up with a full arsenal of OM-1s and lenses.

Japanese Forest House by Brian Schulz, Northern Oregon Coast

This is just a lovely project; click here.
From Ian Price

Wheels & Water Book Is, Er, Rolling

Each book is a different experience. With Tiny Homes, I gathered material for about a year, then started putting it together. With this book, I'm doing layout as material comes in, and have about 20 pages done. Each day is exciting. Such good stuff! Working title: Wheels & Water: Tiny Homes On the Move
   If you know of a housebus, housetruck, trailer, camper, houseboat, sailboat, tugboat, other nomadic unit being lived in, email us at: photos@shelterpub.com. There's still time (and space).

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.
http://www.woodenbooks.com/browse/index.php

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

http://grooveshark.com/#!/search/digest?q=beyonce+jay-z
"…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
Wow!!

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

Tiny Homes On Wheels Can Move

"…One of the most interesting parts about living in a tiny home on wheels is that you can move to a new location relatively easy. That’s what Carrie and Shane decided to do recently.…"
Click here.