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Godfrey at Work on a Mermaid

This was after about half an hour with his tiny electric Stihl chain saw and Bruno's large chisel and small adze. Wonderful art -- carvings and paintings -- have flowed from him all his life. I met him on the beach in Yelapa (south of Puerto Vallarta) in 1963, and he came back with us to Mill Valley in my 1960 VW bus (see a full account of him in Builders of the Pacific Coast). Ironic that the world does not know of him. I saw a painting of a sort of skull-like head by artist Jean-Michel Basquiat that was bought by a Japanese internet billionaire for over 100 million $ last week. Godfrey's art is better than this. Go figure.
Paintings: http://www.godfreysart.com/godfreysart/Welcome/Pages/Paintings_%26_Drawings.html
Carvings: http://www.godfreysart.com/godfreysart/Welcome/Pages/Carvings_and_Sculpture.html#grid

Lloyd and Bruno

Godfrey and I drove out to visit and spend the night with Bruno and Mecea. I hadn't seen Bruno for 3 years. We had a shot of homemade calvados, then red wine with dinner of barbecued salmon with rice, yams, salad, piece of chocolate for desert. I slept on Bruno's boat, Godfrey slept in the van. The next morning Godfrey took his mini Stihl electric chainsaw and Bruno's small adze and large chisel and roughed out a mermaid on a log.

Bruno's wheelbarrow barbecue. Filets of salmon on grill, alder wood for flavor

One of Bruno' raised beds, made out of shakes, driven into ground and capped with piece of rope

This Blog, My "Tour," My Next Book, Blah Blah Blah…

I don't spend nearly as much time on this blog as I used to, because:
-I need to devote time to books
-I'm doing Instagram, which I like a lot, and each Instagram post gets put on the blog (and Twitter) automatically. The trouble is they look a bit weird, with hash tags, and too-large type. For which I apologize.
-I wish I had the time to do blog posts like I did a few years ago, but I need to focus on projects that bring in income. I told Stewart Brand a few months ago that I'd done over 5,000 posts, with no corresponding income and he said, what took you so long to figure that out?

Guess what just came on the radio (playing at this moment)? "I'm so tired, Lord, of bein broke all the time," by Canned Heat. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xU209vIy0KI  Cosmic timing, eh?

My "Tour" I'm writing this from Courtenay, a (real) town I like a lot on Vancouver Island. I'm in the early stages of a tour of bookstore appearances with my new book. I just did the Community Hall on Hornby Island; the place was packed -- young and old kindred spirits. Before I left, I did Mollusk Surf Shop in San Francisco and started by showing a few old scratchy B&W photos from surfing in Santa Cruz in the'50s, before wet suits and polyurethane foam, it was so much fun! Beer, cider, great music. Standing room only, some people couldn't get in. A couple of angels made it possible.

Dates:
-Thursday (tomorrow): Russell Books, 734 Fort St, Victoria, 7 PM
-Tuesday, May 23, 7PM, Vancouver Public Library, Main Branch, 350 West Georgia St, Vancouver
-Thursday, May 25, 7:30 PM, McNally Robinson Books, 1120 Grant Ave, Winnipeg
-Saturday, May 27, Toronto: 11 AM, the Public Library at Parkdale; 2 PM, The Public Library, Danforth/Coxwell
-Thursday,June 1, Spoonbill and Sugartown in Brooklyn, 7PM

I've booked 6 flights for this sojourn. Sheesh! Booked into AirBnB places in Vancouver and Toronto to avoid high hotel bills.

New book: I'm working on a book on the '60s. Someone told me a few weeks ago that it's been 50 years since the "Summer of Love," and there are a bunch of exhibits, articles, a lot of attention on the era, and most all that I read or see about it doesn't correlate with what I saw happen. So I'm writing about  it from my own perspective, with my own photos. I grew up in San Francisco, went to high school in the Haight Ashbury district, and was 10 years older than the group (baby boomers) that caused it all to happen. I dropped out of the insurance business in 1965, partly because I felt I had more in common with young people than I did with my own generation. I'm not sure if it will come together as a book, but I'm following my modus operandi of: If you don't know what to do -- start. We'll see.

Other books "The Half Acre Homestead," a scrapbook on barns, a book on Baja, possibly a wild book on building by a French friend of mine…
Print-on-demand or short run books  A lot of things that don't require a major book. The first one will be a 48-page book: Driftwood Shacks: Anonymous Architecture of the California Coast. In past years I  put together a bunch of handmade, hand-lettered sort of scrapbooks on trips: roaming through the southwest deserts, LA, NYC (both visually rich), Southeast Asia, the Greek island Lesbos (on a motor scooter)…I'll see if it makes sense to do limited editions.

I feel like' I'm just getting rolling.

I love it here in Canada. So many wonderful people + a bunch of true and lifelong friends. I told Michael the other day it feels like a "separated at birth" situation, it's all so familiar and friendly and tuned into my sensibilities.

#kwakwakwa (formerly) #kwakiutl salmon mask by Henry Hunt in #courtenay & District Museum, a wonderful place. I asked about the flock of swifts that came down in their chimney last night and was told they took off this morning.

#daihatsu 4x4 mini diesel van in #Cumberland. Comox Valley Delica Auto Imports specializes in 4c4 diesel vans. They have 8-10 Delicas, in various configurations. #delica #mitsubishi #4x4 #off-road Comoxvalleydelica@shawbiz.ca

California threatens to shut down book signings and therefore small booksellers

http://blog.pacificlegal.org/california-threatens-shut-small-booksellers/

Check out the video in this article. Our book SMALL HOMES is face-up on counter. I did presentation on the book at Book Passage 10 days ago.

From Rick Gordon

Boss-gabled #queeneanne #home in #cumberland #bc #canada with fish scale shingles

#art in #cumberland, #vancouverisland, #bc

California Today: A Housing Fix That’s Close to Home

In today's New York Times, article by Mike McPhaite; photo by Sasha Moravec

At left: 264-square-foot accessory dwelling unit in Livermore that was designed by Avava Systems, a Bay Area startup. Avava Systems

http://nyti.ms/2rnuLB3 

In case you can't access the entire article, here it is. This is IMPORTANT! Can it be that officials are doing something relevant for affordable housing? Small Homes!

One fix to California’s housing crisis could be in our own backyards.
A growing movement of urban planners is pushing policies that would spur homeowners in hot housing markets like San Francisco and Los Angeles to create “granny flats” on their properties.