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Showing posts with label design. Show all posts
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Tuesday Morning Fish Fry

Blog Posts I just did 2 posts for our new blog -- they'll be up within a week -- http://www.theshelterblog.com/, as I transition to a different blogging mode. Not as much stuff as this (although I can't resist blabbing now and then). More material on building, the home arts, gardening, farming. Especially building.
I feel like I have a lot to communicate with builders after all these years of non-academic study of carpentry and other methods of construction.
Back in the saddle with this new blog.
Coming off 5 years of building domes, I set about to learn the most practical methods of building homes, small buildings, and barns. It can be so simple.
Sample future posts:
•Drawings of 5 tiny homes (including every stick of wood in framing (from Shelter)
•Barns of my acquaintance
•Timber Framing
•Master Builders of the Middle Ages
•Architecture: architects need to know that the definition of architecture is "…the art and science of building." Building.
Dwell magazine: occasional comments on this paragon of soulless living
•Rad Rigs: More tiny homes on wheels
I'm really excited to be shifting to this mode. I have something like 70,000 photos, both film and digital, to draw from.
Today's New York Times has a terrific science section, including a stunning photo of the moon by the Lunar Orbiter V, and an article about a combo robot/man diving suit that will be used to explore a Roman ship believed to have sunk in the 1st century BC, and which carried "…the Antikythera Mechanism, a mechanical device for predicting celestial movement."
Serena was just superb on Saturday. Power and grace. Beautiful.
Surfing Without Catching Waves Went out on my 10' Haut Surftek board the other day, too many surfers for me, just got a couple of krappy rides in the foam. Then a few days later could not get out through 6' surf with my surf mat BUT as I get older I settle for just being in the ocean AND I'm gonna get waves -- going to Kauai in November with surf mat and fins.
Over & Out I'm leaving tomorrow for Pittsburgh, then to Seven Springs, PA to do a presentation Friday,  Sept 12 at the Mother Earth News Fair. Anyone know if Pittsburgh is worth exploring?
Photo: grapes at Louie's
I've Got You Under My Skin by Diana Krall on Grooveshark

Casey Neistat's Wildly Functional Studio

Kevin Kelly sent  this, along with the note: "I love this guy's work place."

Sokol Blosser Winery's Underground Wine Storage Units

"…The Sokol Blosser Winery's gentle slopes face south and east to capture the earliest rays of the sun, the well-drained clay-loam soil gives the vines just enough vigor, and the temperate climate is ideal for cool-weather Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris grapes. Because Sokol Blosser looks at their vineyard as a small ecosystem, they farm the land organically and seek biodiversity at all levels, from microbes in the soil and insects in the wildflowers to native birds, which control the insect populations.

New Fiat 500 L

Saw this last week in San Francisco. Nice design. Looks solid, like the Mini Cooper.

The Shelter Blog and Lloyd's Blog

I'm changing the nature of this blog. I (we—Shelter Publications) are going to focus on building, carpentry, homes, gardening, and the like on our brand-new -- ta-daa:
http://www.theshelterblog.com
   It's been up for a couple of months now, and its look and function have been steadily improved by Mac Wizard Rick Gordon. Evan's doing most of the posting (I'm funneling my posts through him), Lew is starting at 3 posts a week, and we're encouraging builders to send us photos and descriptions of their latest creations.
   We hope to build this up so it's a player in digiworld —we're aiming for some major readership. We don't think there is any blog or website out there with the type content we are generating. Think of all the buildings and builders in our books—now coming out daily.store appearances (a slide show and book signing for Tiny Homes on the Move), and getting such good vibes. It feels like we're a tribe. We're interested in the same things—doing stuff for ourselves (as much as possible), having a warm, attractive, natural-as-possible handcrafted home, growing some of our own food…
   Remember, it's "theshelterblog," not "shelterblog." The "the" is necessary to get to the right place. This blog—my own—will continue to follow my idiosyncratic path through life. Wherever I go, I'm taking you, the reader, along with me, riding shotgun. It gives me an extra incentive to explore, to search, to inquire, to shoot photos—if I can come back and tell others about it.

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

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.

Man makes camphor wood tricycle for grandchildren in China

"Wei Guirong rides the camphor wood tricycle he made. The eyes of the wood man in front of the car can glitter. (Xinhua/Tang Fenglin)"
Click here.
From Anonymous

Maker Faire, San Mateo 2014

Fun! Tons of kids (There's a "Lost Children" booth. I did one presentation on Tiny Homes on the Move yesterday, doing another at 3:30 today on Center Stage…Kevin Kelly talked to a packed crowd about his book Cool Tools yesterday…Two pics at Faire: flame-spouting monster (consumes a lotta propane), motorized skateboard, The Boosted, cost, ulp, $2K…I'm staying at a motel in Millbrae, found great breakfast place this morning across the street, Millbrae Pancake House…Will try to post more pics…some time…

Off For 3-Day Weekend…

 Took off early Friday morning/driving along the coast, The Hives punkin it up with "Go Right Ahead" on radio:
"Our god is a sinner, our king is a con
The room’s about to crumble as I burst into song…"
…Then The Dave Clark Five in a surprising rocker, "Wild Weekend," part of great selection by British DJ Michael Des Barres' rock n roll program on Little Steve's Underground Garage on Sirius Radio…the new span on the Bay Bridge is such a disaster, a horse's ass of a design; the towers look like bad special effects (compare to Golden Gate Bridge towers)…The western span of the Bay Bridge (the old one, at left) is elegant by comparison…
Graffiti at Ocean Beach, San Francisco
On my way to The Maker Faire in San Mateo…

I'm Doing 2 Presentations on Tiny Homes on the Move at the Maker Faire in San Mateo This Weekend

This thing is huge -- 50,000 people. And fun! Surprising to me because I'm hardly nerd-oriented. There's a wide range of things going on here, from ultra-geeky to downhome funk. This'll be the 4th time I've gone and I always have a great time. It's savvy, friendly, interesting, and very well run. I wander all over the large fairgrounds with my camera. It's great for kids, all kinds of robots wandering around, ingenious mobile vehicles, 3D printing (hot right now), the "HomeGrown Village" hall for gardening, homesteading, building, food preservation, etc.
   I'm doing 2 presentations on Tiny Homes On The Move:
    -Saturday May 17th, 3:30 PM on the Maker Square Stage in the Homegrown Village
    -Sunday May 18th, 3:00 PM on the Center Stage. Click here.

-Kevin Kelly will be talking about his best-seller Cool Tools at 1:30 PM Saturday on The Center Stage.
-Snowboarder Mike Basich (our star builder in Tiny Homes) will be talking about his remote mountain homestead and homemade ski lift at 2:30 Sunday on The Center Stage (just before me).
One thing: traffic is heavy. Check out the Faire's suggestions. You can bring a bike and park a mile or two away. General Faire info here.
Finally: Lew and Evan will be manning a Shelter Publications booth in one of the maker halls on how we make books. They'll be giving away free copies of the Tiny Homes on the Move mini-book and selling copies of the full-size book for $20 apiece (cheaper than Amazon).

Walking Home — Tiny Home

"WALKING HOUSE is a modular dwelling system that enables persons to live a peaceful nomadic life, moving slowly through the landscape or cityscape with minimal impact on the environment. It collects energy from its surroundings using solar cells and small windmills. There is a system for collecting rain water and a system for solar heated hot water.…"

Well if you say so. Looks like it would be right at home in Dwell magazine. A reminder: I put up stuff I find interesting, not that I necessarily like. The story behind this one is weird.
Click here.
From Luke Griswold-Tergis

Tiny House, Tiny Boat All-in-one

"Too bad you're not working on a new book because this could be in it."
  Luke Griswold-Tergis
Click here.

Small Art Studio Covered in Mosaics

"Dear Lloyd,

My husband and I have been devoted followers of his blog and books for years. We opened Freedonia Mercantile & Design in 2009, partly due to your inspiration. I just thought this might be of some interest. We use reclaimed materials when possible and specialize in ferrocement and mosaic work. We live with our son in a 1920's 700sqft bungalow in Atlanta, Georgia. We hope you enjoy this recent client project of ours. This is a 10x10 art studio. For more pics and information go to www.vivefreedonia.com (a constant project to update/ improve website, so check back often.) Thank you for all you inspiration over the years!
Sloane Robinson Cheatham"
Click here.


Pietro Belluschi tiny house: Famous architect and son design teahouses in Portland


"Architect Pietro Belluschi was internationally celebrated during his lifetime for designing skyscrapers, churches with steeples that pierced the clouds and glass-walled homes perched on top of hills. Few people know, however, that the man who shaped Portland’s towering skyline outfitted a tiny teahouse in the backyard of his last residence..."
Click here.

A California Couple Built This Portable Tiny House For $30,000


"Last year, 31-year-old Alek Lisefski was inspired to try to live a simpler, more sustainable lifestyle. So the Web designer built a tiny house for himself, his girlfriend Anjali, and their dog, Anya, on an 8-by-12-foot flatbed trailer..."
Click here.

Photos From Bay Area Perambulations Today





From top down:
-Elegant steep gable house on 28th Ave near Balboa in SF. How come you never see anything this cool in Dwell Magazine?
-House frame in Vallejo, hip roof, nice little understated dormer. You can learn a lot just studying this nicely-proportioned frame.
-If you remember when skateboards were like this, you are pretty old. In the 40s we used to take apart clamp-on-to-yr.-shoe skates and nail them on a piece of wood. This is in the window at The Purple Skunk Skate on Geary Blvd. in SF.
-Ducati on street in SF. I like seeing the frame, as with the house in Vallejo.
-Bambi Airstream, obviously a new one, Novato
Boy, I love getting out and around, shooting pics.