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Victorian House Rebuilt in Eureka, Calif.

The original building built in the 1880s, in San Francisco, was destroyed by fire in the earthquake of 1906. In 1978, Mark Carter found the plans and decided to recreate the building in Eureka. See here for details.

Tiny Building Workshop Mendocino Coast July 14


40 AcresFor Sale in Washington

"Hilltop property with 360 degree views overlooking the fertile Okanogan Valley in north central WA only 9 miles from Lake Osoyoos and the Canadian Border. Perfect property for small community, farming, off-grid living with over 350 days of sun per year. mild winters, two towns 12 miles away…"
Details here

Jonny Briggs' Timber Construction in UK


Hi Lloyd,
Just thought a few pictures of some bridges I've made in Scotland. Still getting loads of inspiration from your books!
Jonny Briggs
Check out Jonny's timber framing work at:
http://jonnybriggsjoinery.wordpress.com

Mendo to Arcata


Now in the Lost Coast Brewery in Eureka, good burger, great draft ale, Ecuador playing France on TV…left Mendo around 10 AM, swam in the South Fork of the Eel River, was stunned by old growth redwoods…you just have to be there, to see them…words, photos can't convey the beauty, the power, of these majestic beings…hugging redwoods isn't lame at all…On my way to Arcata…

Redwood Mill in Cloverdale, Calif.


The Redwood Empire sawmill is where you turn off from Highway101 (north of Cloverdale) on Highway 128 to Boonville.

On the Road in Mendo

A great crowd at Gallery Bookshop in Mendocino last night for my Tiny Homes on the Move slideshow. In addition to the 50 or so mobile homes I showed, we talked about farming, building methods and materials, the '60s*, and building codes. I looked at the roomful of people -- we were all on the same page -- causing me to reflect on who are these people, who are "we?"
   Dwell magazine, bless its sterile heart, is the completely other side of the picture and, due to its popularity, I would guess our group is in the minority -- kind of like the book lovers in Fahrenhei 451. I've been trying to define the characteristics of our group. We believe in doing things with our own hands…natural materials…craftsmanship…working kitchens…solar heated water…colorful interiors…Feng shui…gardens, chickens, foraging. One of these days I'll write something about who we are. In the meantime, heh-heh, check out http://www.theshelterblog.com; this is the kind of stuff we like.
*I said to someone recently, "Well, the '60s happened in the '70s -- no actually, the '60s happened in the '60s and the '70s -- and she said, "The '60s are still happening." In many cases, being rediscovered.

From Yale to Investment Banking to Farming

"Roy Skeen is a 32-year-old farmer with a degree in history from Yale University.
   When he graduated in 2004, he moved to New York to work in investment banking, but he found the work unfulfilling.
    After a trip to the Caribbean, he discovered his true calling: farming.…"
Story by Laura Moss here.
Sent in by Anonymous, who wrote us: …"yet more young folks turning to farming..good stuff…"

Wilson Pickett - Don't Fight It

Don't Fight It by Wilson Pickett on Grooveshark
A great album: http://grooveshark.com/#!/album/The+Best+Of+Wilson+Pickett/380576

Trippin in a Teardrop/Coastal Dogs

"...we are out road tripping across the country in our tiny teardrop trailer home!"

http://coastdogs.tumblr.com

From fowlgallery, Arcata, Calif.

Barn North of Pt. Arena Yesterday


TINY HOMES ON THE MOVE Slideshow Tonight Mendocino, Tomorrow Night, Arcata

I'm on the road this week:
Tonight: Gallery Bookshop, 319 Kasten St., Mendocino, Calif
Tomorrow night: Northtown Books, 957 H. St., Arcata, Calif.
I've got the slide show down now, by the 4th one it was going smoothly.
Will also be signing books.
Jeez, I feel like Bill Maher at the end of his show: "This Saturday I'll be at the Town Hall in Duluth…"

Hobbit House to be Knocked Down in Wales

"Lloyd; thought of you, when I came across this article online
My comment: this imaginative and hard working couple, Charlie and Megan, are practicing the solution to our housing crisis, by building their own home, cheaply and in a sustainable way, using traditional strategies. obviously, the only reason they didn't apply for "planning permission" is that they couldn't afford the tax. governments need to be helping young families with generous housing subsidies, not considering it another opportunity for a cash grab. sincerely, hope reason will win out and the Pembrokeshire Council will save face, by taking advantage of the Welsh Government "One Planet Development Policy" guidelines, to make it possible for the couple to keep their traditional family croft. all the best with your creative adventures in 2014.
happy trails, Stephen McPhail"

Hot Rod in Petaluma/The Bayonets - Whatcha Got

"You got a big car in the parking lot…":

Living Roof Chicken Coop, Good Crop of Corn

Looks like the corn will just make it knee high by the 4th of July…a really good start for this cool a climate…

Jay's Customized Trailer

Last night I had a great crowd at Builders Booksource in Berkeley for a presentation on Tiny Homes on the Move. Two tiny homes were parked outside: Rick Auerbach's pickup truck road rig, and Jay Marlette's copper-roofed trailer, as shown here:
"Lloyd…As requested, here are some pics of the trailer. I made this trailer after I made the decision to drop my crazy mortgage and devote less time working and more time with my family and to enjoy projects like this one. So far we've taken it to Kanab Utah, Burning Man, Grass Valley, and other little trips. Its a 1976 Scamp and I went with a Vardo theme. The roof is wood, fiberglass, and copper anodized aluminum. The roof was designed to house a solar panel, a canopy and to function as a bike rack for two long cargo bikes. Friends and artists helped a lot with this.
-Jay"

Summer Springs Ranch Cabin, Idaho


www.adventure-journal.com:2013:07:weekend-cabin-feature-summit-springs-ranch-idaho:
This was posted today on our brand new blog. Click here: http://www.theshelterblog.com/

Creek Pool On Hot Day

Hot afternoon yesterday, I hiked along trails, down canyon to this secret (and deep) pool. Water maybe 50-52 degrees. (Sure ain't the tropics.)

Kayaks, Fishing, Clams, Crabs, Winds

Tuesday I drove up to Petaluma to look at a fishing kayak.* The hills have changed from green to dried-out golden, almost white in the bright sun. Lots of growth due to late rains, grasses waving in the afternoon wind…Speaking of which, we've had a week of early morning low tides, but also winds. Took my kayak across a local bay a few days ago, the wind was coming up. I thought about turning back, but it started dying down.
 No luck getting horsenecks, but I got a mess of cockles plus 2 nice rock crabs; good way to spend the morning…steamed cockles last night, but they wouldn't open after 15 minutes steaming, tough little fuckers, and steaming them this long made them tough…gotta figure this out, these aren't the compliant commercial clams you can buy…seaweed was thick on the beach, so loaded my truck up, it's getting rinsed and added to compost pile…just ordered a rod and spinning reel for stripers…my ongoing food-from-sea endeavors sure are fun, plus with the kayak, I'm getting a workout…
I'm sure I've mentioned it before, but check out http://www.monkeyfacenews.com/, Kirk Lombard's writings on fishing the Pacific Coast. Just found this video, go to 3:22 to see him catching a mess of herring to great music and with ayuda from a fellow fisherman…I'm goin' fishin too…
*I'm pretty well settled on a 12' Tarpon 120 by Wilderness Systems. It's another world from my 20-year-old 12' Scrambler by Ocean Kayak (which I'm gonna sell cheap). Having such a great boat will be an incentive to get out there often…also getting a sail (Wind Paddle Scout Sail) -- minimal, will only go downwind…

When you go your way and I go mine

Every so often Dylan just knocks me out. Jeez what a song. If you happen to be, uh, of this era, you know every nuance of this song. The harmonica. Every few years I get out Blonde on Blonde and revel in it. Well, I see you got your brand new leopard-skin pill-box hat…Where did this all come from? It stands up after all this time. A fine way to start this foggysunny morning…
Most Likely You Go Your Way and I'll Go Mine by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

Solar Powered Tricycle


Solar and foot-powered vehicle. Pedal and stay in shape or use solar energy to power little motor. Expensive, but spiffy design.
More info here.

From David McClellan on Cortez Island, BC via Godfrey Stephens

Driftwood Shack, Seaweed



After about 20 years of running in the hills and on The Mountain, I've gone back to the beach. I can understand dolphins returning to the water from the land…each "workout" now an adventure…I'm shifting most of the building and gardening stuff on this blog over to:
http://www.theshelterblog.com/
and here I'll do more reporting on what I see out there in the universe…

I'm Doing Slide Show/Book Signing for Tiny Homes On the Move This Thursday (June 19th) in Berkeley

Here is an email this morning from Builders Booksource in Berkeley:

Tiny Homes on the Move, This Thursday! At 5:00 pm we will have a couple of Tiny Homes parked in front of the Store!
   Come check them out, have an early dinner or snack, and be ready for an entertaining evening!
Thursday, June 19th. 7 - 9 pm. Tiny Homes on the Move; Wheels and Water. With Lloyd Kahn. Pics, Presentation, Book Signing!
   There is room for a few more "Tiny Homes," don't be shy, if YOU are interested in showing off, give GEORGE a call: (510.845.6874). See you Thursday!
Builders Booksource,1817 4th St, Berkeley, CA 94710

The Shelter Blog (theshelterblog.com) is Alive!


Rick Gordon has built it and we've been tinkering with it for a few months, and finally it feels ready to go. Whereas my blog is all over the place, The Shelter Blog will focus on homes, building, carpentry, gardening, farming, foraging, fishing, homesteading and the home arts. Check it out here:
http://www.theshelterblog.com

Note: it's theshelterblog.com, not shelterblog.com. You need the article the.

I'm really excited by this. It's as important — maybe in the long run more so — than one of our books. We have no competition here, since we have feedback from our 40 years publishing books on the subject of shelter. Plus we can share brand-new incoming photos and stories rather than wait years to get same into a book. It'll be complimentary to our books.

We guarantee at least one new post per day, hope to get multiple posts daily as we get rolling.

Break Down the Door

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tI6YkmcUo7s

Organic agriculture attracts a new generation of farmers


By 9 a.m., Jack Motter had been planting peas for hours.
   He pushed a two-wheeled contraption that deposited a seed every few inches along neat rows at Ellwood Canyon Farms, just outside Santa Barbara. As clouds gathered overhead, he picked up the pace to avoid losing days of work to the fall rain.
   Timing can mean the difference between profit and loss for the 4-year-old farm.
   Motter and his business partner, Jeff Kramer, are part of a growing crop of farmers — many of them young — choosing to produce food without pesticides and synthetic fertilizers. As consumers demand more fresh and local food grown with minimal environmental effects, a new generation has taken up organic farming.
   The two Brawley, Calif., natives, both 30, have learned that small-scale agriculture is neither easy nor lucrative. Their days on the 15-acre farm start at dawn and end with exhaustion.
'There's nothing romantic about it,' Kramer said. 'It's hard work and long hours for little pay.…'
Click here for rest of article.
Written by Ricardo Lopez
Sent us by Anonymous

Publisher Rolls Kayak With iPhone and Sony Cybershot Camera Aboard


I put my iPhone and pocket camera in my backpack , and took my kayak down to the wharf -- going to shoot pix. I looked for a waterproof bag, but didn't have one --  well, I have never tipped over a kayak other than in surf, so no prob. Well prob!
   Lowering myself into it off the wharf, I rolled neatly over. Felt like slow motion -- I can't believe this is happening. So, trashed iPhone and I'm pretty sure the same with the camera. They say it's not as much a problem with the water as it is with the salt. Closed barn door by buying waterproof pouch yesterday.
   I had a really hard time getting out of the water. Couldn't pull myself up onto the wharf, which was pretty high above the water, ended up cutting my knees on barnacles, finally swung Tarzan-like hand-over-hand on the bottom of the gangplank over to the seawall and climbed out. Bleeding legs (but they cleaned up nicely). Upper body strength half what it was 20 years ago. Harumph!
   On Game of Thrones a few nights ago, Maester Aemon says, "Old age is a wonderful source of ironies, if nothing else."



Do You Remember Rock & Roll Radio?

Ramones by Rock and Roll Radio on Grooveshark

Alphabet Insanity!


"…oozing out oodles of onomatopoeias…"
Sheesh!
This is a stunning complex poem.
From Evan Kahn

PS My Mom was born on Friday the 13th, and she said that it's actually a happy day. A bit of research shows that it's a western superstition that it's unlucky, that other cultures consider it a lucky day.


Bridge Houses Around the World


Hey Lloyd,
Loving the New York pics. My husband found this gallery of Bridge Houses on a Russian language website, thought you might enjoy!
Click here.
~Elaine, Pittsburgh, PA

City Street Art by JR


"JR is a French artist who exhibits his work in what he describes as “the biggest art gallery in the world”, the urban landscape.The highly private artist mounts enormous black-and-white photos, often without official permission, on to buildings in some of the world’s biggest cities."
Click here.
Google search here.
From Elizabeth Kirkland

I Pulled Into Nazareth…


This was, from start to finish, a great trip. I had biz class ticket due to frequent flier miles and it was a Boeing 757-200, a great model plane, the biz class seat reclined so you could lie flat + an individual monitor for each seat (for all seats in the plane) and maybe 50 movies plus TV programs to choose from. I watched "Tim's Vermeer," a documentary about an incredible guy who had a theory about Vermeer's use of a camera obscura…Staying in the Village was fantastic. It's still a village, albeit inhabited I would guess mostly by richos. You can get into very quiet cul-de-sacs, lots of leafy trees, tons of restaurants…speaking of which here's where I ate. Often as not these were places I'd sussed out by walking by:
-Buvette, 42 Grove, French bistro, unique, stylish, also pretty well known
-Taverna, 63 Bedford, Greek food, genius chef. Great Feng-shui due to eye-level mirrors all around room…BTW, around the corner was Nakazawa Sushi, no window menu, obviously expensive, filled with smug looking youngish people; ah, to have a salary of 300K/year…
-Yerba Buena, 23 Avenue A, East Village, chef from Mexico City, Latina fusion
-Ivan Ramen Slurp Shop, Gotham West Market, 611 11th Ave. Good, inexpensive. Another place in this complex has over 400 types of beer, which you casn buy and take to the Slurp Shop.
-Mo Mo Sushi in Bushwick, totally excellent. Unusual.
-Gastromarket, 315 10th Ave (near Highline), cask conditioned beer and great food

Photos From NYC & Brooklyn

If I had time, I do a photo booklet on each trip. The week I just spent on the east coast was particularly rich. But there are other pressing matters to attend to (running a publishing business, fixing a blown-out well, catching up on homestead maintenance), so the best I can do right now at this throw out some random photographs. I'm also going to try to recap the week soon. Such fun!



New Line of Car-top Tents

"The Lodgepole is one of three new car-top tents from Treeline Outdoors…"

http://gearjunkie.com/2014-treeline-outdoors-car-top-tents
From Kevin Kelly

Books Suspended in Midair

I shot this last week in the Chelsea district in NYC. The books appear to be floating in the air. It's done by almost-invisible nylon fishing line, attached to each book by drilling through the book, threading the line through, and having a tiny knot on the end of the line. Spiffy design.

Aesop is a hair care/skin care shop on 9th Ave.

Tiny House Movement Coming to Minnesota

"The “tiny house’ movement is catching on in communities around the country, including Seattle, New York and even Madison, Wisconsin. And now Brainerd is moving in that direction as well.
The Brainerd City Council on Monday approved the idea of allowing very small houses to be built on some small vacant lots in the city, the Brainerd Dispatch reports. The council asked for some changes in the proposed ordinance, and it will consider final approval of the measure next month.
Tiny houses – typically 400 square feet or less – are being promoted as a way to provide less expensive and more energy-efficient housing.  The smallest of the tiny houses are often built on trailers, so they can be easily moved from one location to another.…"
Click here.
Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Graffiti in Bushwick, Surf at Rockaway


I took the subway out to Bushwick yesterday. I'd read that it's the new Williamsburg, but it's not nearly as gentrified and cute. A lot of the area is still industrial, graffiti (huge murals) abounds, the art is edgy, sidewalk vendors have interesting objects, many unique. Then I caught the train out to Rockaway Beach, where the surf happened to be about as good as it gets on the east coast. Took a lot of photos, here are a couple. Gotta get to JFK for the flight home.