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Canyon Hopping/Rock Balancing

Last week Art Ludwig was in my area doing a talk at a local Permaculture center. Art has written the definitive books on greywater and water storage. He lives in Santa Barbara near a water-filled canyon. He and I share a love of canyons, pools, waterfalls, and the Great Outdoors. We went for a hike down a local canyon to the beach and it was a beautiful day. Art doesn't wear shoes and it made me feel old and stiff to watch him bounding down the canyon, hopping from rock to rock in bare feet. He'd never said anything to me about balancing rocks, but that's just what he did as we descended to the beach. The canyon was full of water, a number of cascading waterfalls:




If you live in the country, I recommend his books: Create An Oasis With Greywater and Water Storage: Tanks, Cisterns, Aquifers, and Ponds
Info at his website here

Suspended Spherical Tree Houses


Latest to go into our forthcoming book Builders of the Pacific Coast. Wood spheres are made of two laminations of wood strips over laminated wood frames. The outside is then finished and covered with clear fiberglass.

The "Spherical Tree House" concept borrows heavily from sailboat construction and rigging practice. It’s a marriage of tree house and sailboat technology. Wooden spheres are built much like a cedar strip canoe or kayak. Suspension points are similar to the chain plate attachments on a sailboat. Stairways hang from a tree much like a sailboats shrouds hang from the mast.

Built by Tom Chudleigh.

Bike Wheel Sculpture in San Rafael, Calif.