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Tiny Home For Sale in Idaho

237 sq. ft., Sagle Idaho

"… Wood floors, custom trim, doors, cabinets, glazed walls, insulated floors and ceilings. Fully wired and plumbed. Electric heat. $39,500 not including fixtures, (shower, sink, toilet, fridge, kitchen sink). Can be transported to any location to be placed on a foundation of your choice. Fixtures…$2-4000)" From Tiny House Listings here

Homeowners' Civil Disobedience in China

"After decades of rapid urbanisation which have seen old districts of Chinese cities razed to the ground to make way for new developments, a recent change in the law means that authorities are unable to demolish homes without the owner's formal consent.
   Luo Baogen and his wife are the latest examples of a new trend in Chinese civil disobedience, the refuseniks who won't make way for new construction projects: dubbed "nail householders" because they are like the nails which are hard to remove from planks of wood. http://shltr.net/househighhway
Sent by Evan Kahn

SunRay Kelley in New York Times

The Times did a huge article on SunRay today, almost two full color pages (here). Article by Michael Tortorello, Check the slide show, photos by Randy Harris. SunRay is one of the featured buiders in Builders of the Pacific Coast; we did 26 pages on him in 2008. I got interviewed extensively for this article.
"Give a man a couple of acres and a week in the woods, and he’ll start to plan his castle. It is an unusual soul, however, who proceeds to build 7 houses, 10 ponds, a hermit’s hut, a 17-foot-tall maple-wood Jesus and a yoga studio whose sculptured pink doorway resembles (with frank anatomical accuracy) the female genitalia.
   The lord of this manor is a 60-year-old barefoot maverick named SunRay Kelley. And his fantastical hand-hewn compound lies at the end of a dirt road that bears his grandfather’s name, in the foothills of the Cascade Range, north of Seattle. The best way to discover SunRay Kelley’s work (picture a hippie Taliesin) is to make a pilgrimage.
   One repeat visitor is the writer and founder of'Shelter Publications, Lloyd Kahn, whose definitive book on 1970s vernacular architecture, Shelter, is a touchstone for Mr. Kelley’s style. “It was kind of an odyssey,” Mr. Kahn said in a phone call from his own D.I.Y. home in Bolinas, Calif. “He’s really an artist. He doesn’t deal with the details of the real world all that engagingly.…' " (In the interview, I'm sure I said something like "realistically," not …"engagingly.")

Gathering, Preparing Wild Foods

Great website for food foraging. Preparing and eating plantain, primitive breads, salting fish, curing olives… http://www.urbanoutdoorskills.com/

Foxy Lady

Went off on my weekly coastal run last night. The  (full) moon had just come over the horizon, and after getting lost and cold last week, I had gloves, a warm hat, and a flashlight and windbreaker in my Camelbak carrier. Closing barn door after… A big storm front moved in and pretty soon, the moon was blocked. Unlike last week, I knew exactly where I was and retraced my route from last Tuesday and saw where I'd taken a wrong turn. Kind of like when I was a diver on the high school swimming team, did a full gainer, and hit the board with both knees. My coach made me go right back and do the dive again. OK the 2nd time.
   On the path back down, salamanders were out in force. They're kind of like dumb, happy mini dinosaurs, taking their time—clomp, clomp, clomp. Nobody wants to eat them; I imagine they'd taste like mush. When I got back to the pub, here was this beautiful little fox on the lawn. Healthy coat, bushy tail, constant awareness.

100 years Old and Going Strong

"…Gisèle just turned 100 years old and looks back at a fascinating life. As a child living in the USA she played with Punka-indian friends, eccentric uncles and aunts dominated everyday life at the Austrian family castle, she made numerous paint glass windows for churches, ships, and monasteries. She provided shelter to Jewish Germans during WWII, befriended great artists and writers like Max Beckmann, Adriaan Roland Holst, and Aldous Huxley. For years she lived and worked in Greece, but returned to her canal house in Amsterdam Castrum Peregrini, where she still resides today. Living the life of an artist, Gisèle is a woman of imagination.… http://shltr.net/giselevw
Thanks to Stephanie for this.

Two Great Books on Wild Foods

Nature's Garden & The Foragers Harvest by Samuel Thayer
Kevin Kelly recently sent me an email about these books, reviewed on his Cool Tools (here), and I just got them, and they are the best I've seen. From Kevin:
"…They are AMAZING. This guy knows his stuff. And he is a great teacher. He does not include any plant unless he has gathered and eaten it at least 50 times! So he shows the plant in all of its life cycle from seedling, to mature, to seeding, and in great detail of how to find it, and how to harvest it -- not just a few plants but enough for a meal. And the common lookalikes and their stages. And what not to do while harvesting. There's tons and tons of photos of his process. His chapter on acorns is magestic -- born out of years and years of making meal from dozens and dozens of varieties in dozens of different species in dozens of different states. And he is pretty picky about laying out what tastes good based not on one try but dozens and dozens of tries. He has two volumes; because these are based on his own first-hand knowledge, they are biased to the midwest. (If he cites any second hand knowledge beyond his own he humbly gives a full citation of the source.) Nature's Garden is a bit broader in geography, but really you want both volumes. They are similar with no overlap of plants, but each contains his general orientation, so can stand alone. He is to wild food plants what David Auroa is to mushrooms. I believe he knows more than Euell Gibbons did. I've spent evenings the past week reading it till late at night. He has completely re-invigorated my interest in wild greens."

Friendly Taxidermy

Paper mache hunting trophies made in Devon, UK, by artist Rob Mason: http://friendlytaxidermy.com/

Free Furs From the Roadside

It's funny that the word weasel is derogatory, because look at this beautiful little creature (found on the road by my friend Brendan). A few weeks ago I skinned him, plus a beautiful fox with bushy tail, stretched and salted the hides, and a week later sent them off to Bucks County Fur in Quakertown, Pennsylvania, to be tanned. They'll come back via UPS in about 2 months, soft and pliable.
   I now have 3 bobcats, 3 foxes, a bunch of squirrels, 2-3 raccoons, 2 weasels, and 2 skunks, one dappled deer (faun) skin. Maybe time for a coat.
   What strikes me is that these beautiful furs are obtainable anywhere in the country and mostly going to waste. I remember when I found a still-warm bobcat on the road at 6AM a few years ago. It was just stunning. The big paws! The soft fleecy white fur of the belly! No way was I not going to pick it up. Plus there are the skulls to render, which are fascinating.

iPhone Panorama of Golden Gate Bridge

I'm learning with iPhone photography; I didn't hold camera even while panning, and got wavy horizon line at right, but the iPhone camera is something!

Emergency Shelters

Relevant to my post in getting lost on a stormy night:
Sent: Fri 23/11/12
Subject: Fwd: to Lloyd (emergency shelters)
Hi Lloyd, I love your blog and read all your posts!! Here is a good article about emergency shelters. Read at the bottom about using an orange or blue plastic bag. You might want to carry one on your waist when on your adventures. http://shltr.net/U82pEd
Jerry Young

Mikey and GoPro Camera Times 2

That's Mike Basich, legendary snowboarder, spokesman for GoPro cameras, and star builder of Tiny Homes, shooting a self portrait (with his GoPro), of himself driving down the highway, with a billboard in the background featuring a photo of him wearing a GoPro Hero. Kids, don't try this…
Sent in by Evan Kahn

Heidi's Tiny Cob House in Finland

"This is Heidi's cottage, 'Elaman Puu', which means Tree of Life. It's built with a variety of natural building techniques with a rubble trench, earthbag stem walls dressed in stone, birch bark damp-proof membrane beneath the straw bales on the northern walls with cob and cordwood to the south and a reciprocal roof on a roundwood frame. All of the materials were harvested locally. Heidi began her natural building journey by investigating what natural materials were available on the land where she wanted to build her tiny house. Set in the forests of southern Finland the choice of roundwood timbers with a reciprocal roof was easy and obvious. Heidi also dug several pits on the land to search out the clay she would later use to plaster the interior of the home.…"
From naturalhomes (a really nice website)