Rapport has been wonderful lately. 45 years of doing these building books; there's a thread through these books and people who've read them. A tribe of us interested in a certain kind of shelter, warm, inviting, full of life, the antithesis of the Dwell magazine aesthetic.
"…all rooms ought to look as if they were lived in, and to have, so to say, a friendly welcome for the incomer."
And working with our own hands.
Shot a lot of photos of mostly small homes in Napa. After dinner, store owners Naomi and Eric and I and a bunch of their friends headed up into the hills and had a marvelous meal prepared by master chef (and carpenter and musician) Steve Hutchinson. Wine flowed, 2 of the guys worked for wineries, it was a real treat. After everyone left, Steve and I got in the hot tub, yes, with glasses of wine, yes a hot tub in Napa, snark away, Californians in their hot tubs, etc. It started to rain -- hard -- and here we were at 2200 feet on a mountain, in hot water in the pouring-down rain.