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4-wheel Drive Van

Not sure what make this is. On the side it said "Intercooler Turbo 2800." Have never seen one of these in the U.S.
Note: See all the comments; it's a Mitsubishi Delica.

Old Farm Building

Kwagiu'l Totem in Duncan, BC, by Richard Hunt

Duncan (just south of Nanaimo) is another pretty good-feeling town. For one thing, the town has commissioned a bunch of authentic First Nations art. This one was carved by Richard Hunt, son of famed carver Henry Hunt.
The 3 animals represented here are (from the top): frog, bear, beaver.
The art of First Nations tribes is still very much alive in Canada.

Abandoned Home Near Ladysmith, BC

I'm always drawn to abandoned buildings. If the foundation isn't rotten, you're halfway there. If the foundation is rotten (as it looks here), it's a question of  whether the framing is sound enough to merit jacking it up and pouring a new foundation.
I'm here at the Vancouver airport, with a few hours to kill, thus these posts…

Photos from Ladysmith Yesterday

A few photos yesterday in Ladysmith, a nice little town south of Nanaimo on the east coast of Vancouver Island. Cumberland is another such nearby town. There are houses for sale for under 200K. Old mining towns. Small homes built for workers that have the appeal and aesthetics of simplicity. (The below isn't one of those homes, it just seemed seemed like a unique doorway cut into the corner of a sort of cube.)

Boats in Deep Bay, Vancouver Island Today

Nice wooden sign

Helicopter Skiing and First Nations Respect

Once it starts, hit the full screen icon (to left of "Vimeo") and crank up the sound.
From Godfrey Stephens

Lloyd & Ilona

This little girl came up to me at my Vancouver book presentation and started jumping up and down: "I'm getting a bunk bed, I'm getting a bunk bed !" Her folks were fixing up a trailer for all of them to live in. I gave her a mini book, which she's holding up here. Thanks to her mom, Dee McLaughlin, for the photo.

Godfrey's Art

Godfrey wasn't home when I got there yesterday so I roamed around and shot photos in his studio. The green bench is distorted here by the photo collage, but the carving looks true.

A book on Godfrey's art will be out in the next few months, edited and published by his niece Gurdeep. I'll announce details when I learn them.

Cruising With Godfrey/56' Wooden Sailboat

Victoria, BC - Today we went out to a secluded harbor and visited Godfrey's friend Cos. Cos is deeply into building, his current project a 58' long wooden sailboat. It's a galleass type sailboat, this one based on a 1926 design for a Danish North Sea vessel. Show below is the keel,  9" thick, 17" deep, and 44'-4" long, cut from one Douglas Fir. Also a couple of tools I like, one new, one old. The Prazi beam cutter attaches to circular saw and allows you to cut curves and odd shapes easily. Cos and I are on the same page when it comes to little planes. This the same model that I use more than any other plane, but this one was an antique, burnished by many carpenters' palms…

Paper Mache Airplane at South Terminal, Vancouver Airport

It's hanging from ceiling, it's maybe 8' long, 6' wingspan. A cartoon in 3D.

Photos in Victoria Yesterday

Big Crowd in Vancouver Monday, Street Art & Godfrey's Art in Victoria Yesterday

300 people showed up for my slide show/book signing at the Vancouver Public Library Monday night, and they had to turn others away due to fire marshal regulations. It was the biggest and best crowd I've ever had. Lively discussion, total rapport. I signed a ton of books.
Vancouver is a 10-star city (along with San Francisco, Hong Kong, and -- Victoria.
I made the 20-minute flight from Vancouver to Victoria in a Beechcraft 20-seater, had to duck to get through aisle to seat/only one other passenger, into Victoria in rain, picked up Mazda-2 rental car, drove in to Victoria, spotted spectacular street art, started shooting pics.
Visited Anián off-the-grid clothing/surfboard/venue conglomeration of little buildings, solar-powered complex. More to come on this tuned-in micro-village later.
The sculpture is by Godfrey Stephens (who I'm about to go visit) and is at Swan's Hotel & Brew Pub.

Early Morning CBC Radio Show

Got up at 5:45 this morning, caught cab to CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corp.) Newsroom for my 10 minutes of early morning fame. Host was Rick Cluff who, among other things, was vastly amused by the mini-version of Tiny Homes On the Move. The newsroom was exciting. Big Time.

I said to him before we went on air that the internet sure hasn't destroyed radio and he heartily agreed.

Good vibes everywhere I go in Canada. A lot of Canadian builders know me from Builders of the Pacific Coast. I point out to people it's a book by an American about Canadians. How often does that happen?

A Magic Vancouver Morning

It's a glittering Sunday morning in Vancouver. I SO lucked out in the hotel department. The 901 Beach Hotel, I found on internet, sounded good, turned out to be a few hundred yards from the water in this section of Vancouver (West End, Yaletown, Gastown) that is almost an island; 90% of the perimeter of this area water-surrounded. Totally kayakable (and SUP-able).
Yesterday afternoon I took a ferry across to Granville Island, a thriving public market, 100s of vendors, great food, fruit, nuts, wine, oysters, crabs, smoked salmon, craft beers, art, music, restaurants,food stalls, outdoor wear, kayaks -- crowded, lots of tourists, yes, but vital and fun nonetheless. Going back with grown-up camera today.

PLUS a block away is The Tartine Bakery, with as-good-as-it-gets lattes, muffins, bread, and wi-fi.
I had dinner last night with my friend Vic Marks at his farm a half hour south of V. Turns out he's a car nut: 1939 Studebaker pickup truck, possibly the most beautiful p/up truck I've ever seen. A sleek low black Jaguar. A purple 1930s Cord (810/812),  forchrissake's -- immaculate, I couldn't believe I was seeing a Cord in person. Will put up pics when I get chance -- you car nuts are gonna love these vehicles.
PLUS let's hear it for Ploom stealth!

Article in Vancouver Sun on Tiny Homes On The Move


I'm here in Vancouver. It's a spectacularly beautiful city, especially today, bright after yesterday's rain, the water sparkling, everyone out.
Doing an interview at 7 AM Monday on CBC's "Early Edition" program, then a presentation Monday night at The Vancouver Public Library…details here.

Uber 4X4 Toyota Truck

Last night spotted this tough truck. Up higher off ground than anything I've seen. That's Dan Capshaw of Mill Valley, Calif. His truck is a1985 Toyota with a steel and wood flat bed, a GM 4.3 liter V-6 motor. The shocks are huge.

For Native San Franciscans

I just sent this out to my high school friends:
A couple of things:

1. A friend told me to check out the Camera Obscura at the Cliff House, which I'd never done. It's a small building down below the restaurant, with a rotating lens that gives you a moving 360° panorama of the beach and Seal Rocks. Also, in the Cliff House, on the left side of the bar, there's a large monitor with photos of early San Francisco, including Sutro Baths, the original (and spectacular) Cliff House circa 1900, and Playland at the Beach*. You can get a beer and watch the procession of old photos.
2. Last week I got a book titled The Barbary Coast: An Informal History of the San Francisco Underworld by Herbert Asbury. I didn't realize how lawless and violent San Francisco was in its early days. It was like Deadwood, the TV series.
Here are a few other books (I know there are hundreds) on San Francisco:

News From The Mother Earth News Fair in Pennsylvania Last Weekend

Air travel bonanza: I got 3 seats, so am sitting by the window, watching the sunrise illuminate the wings of this (United) A320 on my way home from Pittsburgh. A few things about flying:
1. I've lightened up and will never check a bag in again. I keep my Osprey roll-on slim enough to avoid cram-job in overhead bin.
2. I pay about $30 for preferred boarding, which lessens the cattle car routine.
3. I really like United these days. They've got a lot of things (including website) together; flight crews are friendly and helpful.
I wandered the Fair yesterday and found lots of useful tools and info, talked to a lot of people, many of whom knew (and had utilized) our building books.
Garden Tools A vendor was selling Italian garden tools; I bought a mattock, a machete (way different from Collins machetes), and a pair of fine pruning shears. http://www.growerstools.com/
Wood Stove with Oven I've been looking for a wood stove with visible fire window + an oven, and found one, which I'm pretty sure I'll order: "The Vermont Bun Baker," a high quality stove built in Australia, and encased in soapstone: http://www.vermontwoodstove.com

Mother Earth News Fair in Pennsylvania

Some random pics from the Fair yesterday. It's an absolutely wonderful event. I'm finding a ton of interesting things here. For anyone interested in building, farming, homesteading, doing stuff for selves, there are countless items, ideas, demonstrations, lots of speakers on a variety of subjects.
I had 2-300 people at my Tiny Homes on the Move event yesterday. Biggest crowd I've ever had, and we had fun. They were with me or rather, they were with the builders/owners of these nomadic homes. A lotta rapport.