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Chicken Coops Made With (Mostly) Recycled Wood For Sale

At Toby's Feed Barn in Pt. Reyes Station, Calif.

Surfer on Huge Wave in Portugal


"HONOLULU (AP) — Dude, that was the gnarliest wave ever. Guinness World Records says so.
The record-keeping agency is acknowledging a 44-year-old Hawaii pro surfer for catching a 78-foot wave off the coast of Portugal, saying the November run beats a 2008 record by more than 1 foot.
Big-wave surfer Garrett McNamara of Haleiwa, on Oahu's North Shore, told The Associated Press that the ride of his life was a fluke.
He said he originally didn't want to attempt the waves that day after wiping out numerous times on even bigger swells in the same spot, above an undersea canyon known as one of the biggest wave-generators on the planet.

Sculptures From Old Farm Machinery

Date: Sat, 28 Apr 2012

Hi Lloyd,
Been enjoying the from BC! Thought this picture of my sister Rachaels' latest sculpture might interest you. As you can see, it's made from parts of old machinery, mostly farm stuff. There reporting's an album of some of her work on this link;
http://shltr.net/IDzume

Regards, Vic Long

Mr. Sharkey's Housetruck

"When I am asked 'What will the inside of your new bus look like?', I always reply 'Just like the inside of my housetruck, only bigger.' For most people this is answer enough, but for those of you in Netland who are curious, I provide this photo essay to spark your imagination.
Inside, the living space is decidedly non-automotive. In planning the interior, I toured motor homes, travel trailers and yachts, and found the latter to be most appealing, although the end result would never be considered "nautical". "Early Twentieth Century Studio Apartment" would be the most accurate description. Nearly all of the furniture, fittings and fixtures are collectables. Wood, brass, natural fabrics and leather predominate. Use of plastics is almost non-existent. A Vermont Castings 'Intrepid' wood stove keeps away the winter chill, and multiple skylights illuminate my daily activities.…"
http://www.mrsharkey.com/busbarn/sharkey/sharkey.htm

Private Island With Two Small Cabins For Sale in Maine - $229,000

http://shltr.net/Ld3Xcj

Beach House on Sled in New Zealand

"…Sitting on the beach of New Zealand’s Coromandel Peninsula, this tiny house was designed to be removable out of necessity. Being in the beach’s coastal erosion zone, it is a requirement that all dwellings be removable. It can be towed anywhere on the site it rests and onto a barge to be floated away if necessary.…"
http://shltr.net/JshUUR

Back Home


I love being in other parts of the world, but I hate getting there. The indignity of airport security, the air in airplanes; the stress level.
   Left: the Bay Area as we approached the airport
  I almost feel like kissing the ground when I get back to San Francisco (have in fact, on occasion). The smells of the ocean, of my own home. And wouldn't the moon be spectacular as I got to town…

Mama's in the alley and she's got no shoes…

When I was in Duluth, my friends Peter and Cindy were playing a (vinyl) collection of Bob Dylan titled "biograph." It has versions of a lot of songs I'd never heard. I ordered it the next day, and am playing it now. If you're a Dylan fan, check it out.
  I think in future ages, Dylan will be recognized as a poet on the level of Chaucer. When I really listen to some of those lyrics, even these many years later, I'm stunned.

Whimsical Playhouse

"Arthur Millican Jr., a former Disney artisan, typically works at a much smaller scale building tiny houses for fairies and gnomes, but this super sized fairy house has been scaled up and is ready for play!"
http://bit.ly/J9zXNX

Master Masons of Duluth (Close-up)



Shed Roof Framework

This was by the side of the road on Hwy. 61. It's a good visual example for a novice builder of the framing of the simplest of stud-frame buildings: the shed roof. Looks like 2x4 studs, 2x6 rafters. Also looks like the builder is part-way through blocking the rafters.
  I'm in Duluth in a hotel room at the Fitger (150-year-old) Brewery/Inn, looking out at the foggy (and cold) waters of Lake Superior, getting ready to head back home this afternoon. I'm looking through the hundreds of photos I've shot in this somewhat remote corner of the USA. What to do with all this "content?"

Deadhead SUV in Minnesota

Carpenter's Carryall Truck

This is the working vehicle of builder Bryan Kufus of Vadnais Heights, MN. It's a 2003 Ford F350 he bought used from Home Depot. The body is a customized unit, built by Alum-line in Iowa. There's a heavy-duty sliding section in the back and multiple cabinets on each side, containing just about all the tools (+ caulks, glues, etc.) that any carpenter would want. Details will be in our next book on road vehicles and boats.

Mark Hansen - Prolific Builder

Mark is one of the original founders of the North House Folk School, and yesterday afternoon I hung out with him  in his shop, wood fire burning in stove. A working shop is a great place to hang out. There were spiffy models of boats and canoes hanging all over. Mark seems to be able to design and build just about anything (including 26 birchbark canoes, mostly in North House classes).
   I wanted to see photos of a number of mobile things he's built. Since he doesn't use a computer, I downloaded 381 photos from his camera and suddenly I have a passel of well-designed and well-crafted things for our next book, Wheels and Water: van, sailboat, shed, tent-in-snow, yurt, toboggan…
  I'd been noticing these little carved figures and asked him where they came from. Well, he carved them. More to come from Mark…

Slide Show Last Night at North House Folk School


Well, I was nervous. I was, ulp, the featured speaker of a 3-day symposium on sustainability and to tell the truth, I'm more comfortable with a lower profile. Plus this was a bunch of competent people. By the time the room filled up, there were 100 people, and I'd say that just about every one of them could build and/or grow and/or create wonderful objects with their very own hands.
   Plus the the MacAir, as it is mysteriously wont to do, was not speaking to the Epson projector (in a language the Epson could understand). I was sweating it. Helpless with the complexities of the digital world. (Doing slide shows with a Carousel projector back in the day was way less risky. Slides in slots. I could see them, etc.)
  We finally got rolling, with some tech advice from the crowd. "Hit option-command-escape." Well OK.
It was the 12th slideshow I've done now, and people all over the country seem to be interested in tiny homes. I told them something that has occurred to me lately,that it's not necessary for everyone to live in a tiny home. The message here is to go in the direction of smaller. Rather than larger.
   I'm doing a talk at noon today on communication, how I get pics and info into regular books, e-books, newsletters, and blog posts. Methods, materials, techniques. Photography and interviews and email communication. Then back to Duluth and home sweet home Monday. What a great trip this has been!