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Shack Near Point Arena

I've started shooting a lot of photos of very small buildings for what may very well be our next book: tiny houses.

Book Signing in Arcata

It was advertised pretty well and there was a full house at Northtown Books in Arcata last night.


Also, Northtown Books had our poster and three of our building books in the window.


I did my slide show from Builders of the Pacific Coast and talked about my travels shooting the book's photos. There were about a dozen high school kids there and they had never seen stuff like this before. I continue to get amazing feedback from people, about being inspired by our building books. It's really gratifying.
A couple of discoveries in Arcata: The Finnish Country Sauna at 5th & J, a wonderful sauna facility with a lot of good carpentry/Los Bagels, clean, cheerful bakery with good latte and excellent baked goods/The North Coast Journal is a mighty fine little free newspaper with good writing and imaginative layout.

Nighttime Eureka

I did my first slide show of the trip Wednesday night at the Four-Eyed Frog bookstore in the coastal town of Gualala. Yesterday I headed north for my next appearance in Arcata, the cool coastal town that's home to Humboldt State College. I can hardly go 5 miles down the road without stopping to shoot photos. The older I get, the more interesting I find the world. It looks like our next building book will be on tiny houses, and I'm shooting lots of small farm buildings for prototypes of practical small-scale construction.
I stayed in Eureka last night, catching up on email and downloading photos via a good Wi-Fi connection at a Best Western motel. Here are a few pics from last night:

A great hometown brewpub. I had two pints of Downtown Brown ale and a huge Chinese chicken salad for $16.


Across the street from the pub; perspective on this 2-shot panorama is a little whacked, but you get the idea.


Billboard on 4th Street. Note: know thy grower. There's a lot of chemicalized mota out there.

My Dome in Life Magazine

In a previous life, I built geodesic domes, and my dome was featured in Life in the early '70s, so I did a search in the newly-available Life archives for "domes," and found it:


I was also the publisher of Domebook 2, the countercultural bible of domebuilding, but after 5 years of dome building and dome living, I concluded that domes didn't work as homes, and were in fact, a poorer and less practical way of enclosing space as compared to rectilinear construction. I took Domebook 2 out of print (and went out and shot photos for our book Shelter). I kept getting so many inquiries as to why I gave up on domes that I published a newsprint booklet titled Refried Domes, to answer all the questions. If you're a dome fan and wonder why in the world I gave up on such an exciting concept, please don't write me, but go to the link above and read everything on our website about domes.

Life Magazine Photo Archives Going Online — 10 Million Photos!!

Hail to the Internet! For me this is thrilling news, having been a Life magazine fan for many years. From the Guardian (UK), dated Nov 19 '08:
One of the biggest photo collections in the world that ranges from the 1880s through to the seminal moments of the 20th century and on into the present day was made available to the public online yesterday. The bulk of the archive is from Life magazine, the premier platform for photojournalists in the 20th century. About 10 million images will eventually be available, from Marilyn Monroe and JFK to Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. About 97% of the pictures have never been seen before.
Google announced yesterday it had done a deal with Life to put their pictures online. Also available is work from other archives, much of it collected by the former Time publisher Henry Luce. The collection includes the entire works of Life photographers Alfred Eisenstaedt, Gjon Mili and Nina Leen. Also available are: the Zapruder film of the Kennedy assassination; Dahlstrom glass plates of New York from the 1880s; and Hugo Jaeger Nazi-era Germany 1937-1944... About 20% of the collection went online yesterday.

http://images.google.com/hosted/life

Louie's Sailboat in the Water

After many years, Louie's sailboat, the Roy Fox, is in the water in the harbor just south of Fort Bragg. Junk-rigged sail. Louie just finished building the cabin and outfitting it for travel on the high seas. Framing is white oak; planking is lapstrake old-growth clear Douglas Fir attached with copper rivets. Deck is teak over marine plywood. It's immaculate. Louie plans to sell it eventually. As we motored out of the harbor, another sailor on the dock called out, "Beautiful!"
Louie is going to sail it for a while, maybe down the coast to Mexico, then put it up for sale.


Louie and Lloyd at the gas station in Pt. Arena; photo at right makes you wonder about buying a used boat from this man.

Roadside Pix

These were shot in the early morning on my way up Highway One to visit my friend Louie in Pt. Arena. I've shot photos of this little shed numerous times. To me the proportions are perfect:


Turkey buzzards sunning themselves just south of Jenner:

More From Green Festival in San Francisco

Teardrop Trailer

Here's a cool little trailer that was in the parking lot for exhibitors this morning.


I just went online and found plans for making one of these at http://www.desertteardrops.com/


A little web research yielded that these have been around for well over half a century and::
Teardrops get their name from their aerodynamic shape, intended to make them easier to tow, although not all of them are teardrop-shaped. One trait they have in common, however, is their size: generally they are no more than 12 feet long and no wider or taller than 6 feet. Inside, there is room for a 54-inch by 78-inch mattress, just about right for two adults. Most teardrops have two side doors and a rear hatch that opens to reveal a camp kitchen or pantry. From: the New York Times

Green Festival 2008 San Francisco

It's been a warm weekend. Huge crowds here at the festival. We're selling a lot of books. We've given out over 700 copies of our new catalog of books and so far about 120 copies of our new 4-color poster of Builders of the Pacific Coast.