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Two from Mike W Today

Note: the first one is on slaughtering animals and is shocking. Whew! - LK

"I missed this one from 2012…one of the producers and same vein of/as Baraka from the 1990's...
Review from Spirituality and Practice site.
   'Experiencing Samsara, we are challenged to leave behind our passive and isolated role of spectators and to step into the incredible energy streams of the wheel of life. For each of us, in our own way, is caught up in the cycles of life, death, and rebirth. And our journeys are connected to those of the people on the screen: we are rich and poor, happy and sad, hurried and at peace, open to change and locked in service to authoritarian leaders, filled with lust and dutifully spinning prayer wheels, searching for security and coming to terms with impermanence. Samsara shows us in no uncertain terms that the movements of creation and dissolution never stop.'
https://vimeo.com/73234721
(The full movie SAMSARA is on Youtube.)
Mike W"
***
"Original alert from an old relax shacks blog post…
Located more info on the Dell Social Innovation Challenge site
'A human-powered washer and spin dryer to increase the efficiency and improve the experience of washing clothes by hand. More comfortable and saves the six hours it take to hand-wash clothes.'
GiraDora - Safe Agua
Mike W"

Real Adventures: Alastair Humphreys


Sirveyor has left a new comment on your post "On Foot Yesterday From Bolinas to San Francisco:

"Lloyd, look at Alastair Humphreys' blog, he advocate's Micro Adventures such as you have just completed."

I listed Alastair last year, but it was great to be reminded. My adventures are pale shadows of what this guy does.

Fine Woodworking Tools

Fine woodworking hand tools, some manufactured in Brooklyn.
"While plain and unassuming, these regular finish chisels are made of the finest white steel, welded to soft steel using Nishiki's unique method of stretching and consolidation of the steel, for an exceptionally long-lasting edge. The handles are of red oak, with hand-forged black hoops.…"

Click here.
From Jon Kalish

Creative Ways To Stack Firewood

Click here for 16 other photos.

From Pepe Alvarez

On Foot Yesterday From Bolinas to San Francisco

I've wanted to do it for a couple of years. On foot, out my doorway, into San Francisco—or, I should say—on my own power, because the first part of the trip involves swimming. The night before, I was so excited I could hardly sleep. Got up at 5:30, walked down to the beach. My son Evan met me and paddled my day pack and clothes across the channel in a kayak.
   Sun just starting to glow in dark eastern sky. 6:45. I'd psyched myself up to do this. Crunch time. Stripped down, waded out into the channel, and it was c-o-l-d. Had been a windy week, chilling the ocean. Mama mia! It's only a short swim across, maybe 50 yards, and it felt like forever. BUT once out of the water I was stylin. Got dry, clothed, walked barefoot along the beach and got to the Parkside Cafe coffee stand at 7:30, got latte and a really good donut and was off along the coast. Got to Slide Ranch by 9, to Muir Beach 9:30. Nice morning, winds had died down, you could see as-they-say for miles. It's maybe only 30 miles to SF, but pretty much all up and down.
View north from Tennessee Beach. I kept along the coast here on the southern side, rather than go on the (prescribed) Coastal Trail, which goes inland for a ways. There were faint animal trails and I eventually made it to the Marin Headlands. What really stokes me about this photo is that in the very distant background to the north (very faint, just to left of dark low peninsula), you can see the tip of Pt. Reyes, which I hiked to (from home) a year ago.
   I have a bunch of things to say about the trip, a few photos, will try to get back to it later, but in a nutshell, it was fucking hard. Probably mostly so because, dumb shit that I am, I didn't drink enough liquids. I was dehydrated and didn't realize it until I limped home. Plus I can't seem to walk slowly; the old race horse (competitive runner) syndrome.
   I got to the San Francisco side of the Golden Gate Bridge at about 3:30, about 8-1/2 hours. Caught buses home, saw two friends downtown; one said, "Did you hurt yourself?," the other said, "You look tired."
   Getting enough liquids in me last night got rid of most of the tiredness and soreness. I wouldn't trade the experience for anything. I kept telling people it was do-able, and it was. There are lots of adventures to be had in anyone's neck of the woods. More later.

Maxime Qavtaradze and the 131-foot Ladder to His Home

"…Maxime Qavtaradze is literally close to the heavens. The 59-year-old monk lives atop a stone pillar in Georgia, scaling a 131-foot ladder in order to leave and enter his lofty home, reports CNN. Photographer Amos Chapple ascended the cliff to photograph his life there.
   The Katskhi Pillar has long been venerated by locals in the area, though it's been uninhabited since around the 1400s.      When climbers ascended for the first time in centuries in 1944, they found the ruins of a church and the 600-year-old bones of the last stylite who lived there.
  The stylite tradition is believed to have begun in 423 when St. Simeon the Elder climbed a pillar in Syria in order to avoid worldly temptations, but the practice has since fallen out of favor. However, Qavtaradze is a modern devotee.
   Though isolated, he is not a total hermit, coming down once or twice a week to counsel the troubled young men who come to the monastery at the bottom for his help. After all, he was once one of them. Though he now lives at the top of the world, Qavtaradze found his vocation when he was the lowest he's ever been, doing prison time after he 'drank, sold drugs, everything' as a young man.…"
Click here.
From Evan Kahn

America's Cup Yesterday

Loaded my (mountain) bike into the truck and drove into San Francisco yesterday morning to see the last race of the America's Cup series. I parked at Fort Point under the Golden Gate Bridge, where surfers were riding small waves, weaving around the offshore rocks.
  I rode over to the Marina Greens, pleasant sunny morning, Got a 4-barrel latte and donut at a dockside kiosk, rode past Aquatic Park, South End Rowing club, a half dozen cove swimmers in the water (half of them wearing wetsuits, no less!), past Fisherman's Wharf -- hadn't realized how gaudy it's become. There were two gigantic cruise ships in port, grotesque pieces of shit. San Francisco, still a beautiful and wonderful city, once a vital west coast port, but here whoring out to the tourist buck. I digress.
 
The entire bay side of the city, from bridge to bridge, was full of strolling (and biking) people. I got a burger and chocolate shake at the In-n-Out -- don't do that often, but needed some energy. Biked down to Pier 29, where the boats were berthed, then back to the hill between Aquatic Park and Fort Baker, and watched the big boats racing across the bay. The New Zealanders were out front, but Oracle sped by them in the upwind leg. Call it perverse, unpatriotic, or rooting for the underdog, but I wanted the New Zealanders to win. Whatever, these boats are awesome. There were hundreds of other boats of all persuasions out in the bay.
   Rode bike back to my truck, bucking 30mph-or-so winds, crossed the bridge, jumped in my mountain canyon pool on the way home, walked a bit on the sand at Stinson Beach, winds dying down. Pretty nice day. Tomorrow I'm going to try walking into San Francisco, leaving here at dawn…

Sailboats Made of Corrugated Metal in Australia

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From Godfrey Stephens

The Trendiest House on Earth is Micro, Mobile, and Green

"A lesson in blowing Dwell magazine's mind, courtesy of the Madrid-based firm Ábaton Arquitectura: design a house that's about 290 square feet (micro home!) that's made from recyclable materials (green!) and can be transported by truck and assembled in a day (mobile!). Oh, and let's not forget about material makeup (the exterior is clad in cement-board panels) and prefab potential: ÁPH80 can be manufactured in as few as four weeks. Dwell has officially spontaneously combusted.
 
With gabled ceilings reaching more than 11 feet, walls of glass, and a combined living room and kitchen, the feel of this place is light and airy; 'the different spaces are recognisable [sic] and the feeling indoors is one of fullness,' the architects say.

Another look, below:"


Click here.

Australian Surfer On Road With Honda Trail Bike & Short Board

"…Matt works in stints in construction or as a plumber back home in Australia.  When he gets fed up,  he travels and surfs until he runs out of money.   He’s been in this pattern for the last 15 years.  It’s taken him all over the world.  I first heard about Matt’s travels through my friend Cyrus Sutton.  A few years back, Cy and Matt went on a trip to Iceland.  Cy often speaks of Matt’s commitment to the traveling life and ability to make it with very little resources. Matt is a rare breed.…"

Rolling Shelter: Vehicles We Have Called Home by Kelly Hart

I read this book straight through last night. It's a charming and informative account of Kelly and Rosana Hart's many nomadic vehicles over the last 4 decades: trailers, a van, a pickup-truck-with-camper, and several buses.

Kelly's first bus was covered in our book Shelter (p. 89) in 1973, and his earthbag/papercrete house was in our book Home Work (p. 88) in 2004. He's been creating new mobile (and stationary) homes ever since. Plus running the info-packed website http://greenhomebuilding.com/.

The tone of writing is conversational and friendly, there are building tips for those inspired to do likewise, there are details and photos from a bunch of trips (including to Mexico), and there are a few hundred color photos. A homemade book in the best sense, made in the USA, $12 at Amazon here.

A Bunch of Misc. On A Warm Blue-Sky Sunny Monday

Television of Late
Preceding the big game between the 49ers and Seahawks last week, a talentless babe sang an insipid song that ended with "…because the NFL rocks on NBC." Barf. NBC piled on layers of shtick that made the game seem more showbiz than football.

Newsroom: the last 2 episodes were brilliant ("Election Night #1," "Election Night #2). Lightning fast dialogue.

Woodworkers tool catalog:

http://www.highlandwoodworking.com/

North House Folk School is a wonderful place that offers a huge range of classes in traditional crafts. I recommend getting their catalog: http://www.northhouse.org/

Outdoors Over an inch of rain a few days ago. The garden is loving it. Unusual this time of year. Tom Stienstra, SF Chronicle outdoors writer, says that the Ohlone (San Francisco's native tribe) predicted a big winter when:
a) acorns dropped early
b) bears grew shiny winter coast early, and both things have happened this year. Here's hoping…
Autumnal Equinox yesterday Autumn elsewhere is summer here in NorCal. It's warm today, and nice feeling from moisture in the ground left by the rains.

A Man And His 3 Mules On The Road

"John Sears, 65, has given up life with cars and houses for life outdoors with a trio of four-legged equines.
For the last 10 years, the man who grew up in Bay Area suburbia now lives entirely outdoors, traveling the western United States in the company of three mules ages 13, 20 and 28 years old, respectively. They go by “Little Girl," "Lady" and "Pepper.”
“We’re claiming our right to be outside,” said Sears, referring to a “we” that includes him, his mules, and “the spirits” – or the collective, living energy that surrounds them.
   On Tuesday, he walked along Bolsa Road in Gilroy with a silver horseshoe – or rather, a muleshoe – in hand. He declined to share why he carries the shoe, but said he saves shoes that fall off during his travels.
   Sears is a walking kind of man. He and his entourage have plodded through various states including Wyoming, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Kansas and Texas, regularly walking at least 10 to 20 miles a day. In the summer, the days are longer and the group walks further. In the winter, they scout out a place to camp earlier and don’t wander as far.
“Who are we? Where are we from? We are mules. We are from the outside. We live outside all day, every day. Where are we going? Nowhere,” states Sears’ website, 3mules.com… "
Click here.

Tiny Wooden Homes For Swedish College Twentysomethings


"A few years ago, Swedish student housing company AF Bostäder had a young woman from the city of Lund inside live in a tiny house-box--not even 10 square meters large--to test the idea of a cheap, cheerful, and environmentally friendly “smart student unit" that included a toilet, kitchen, and bed. “I think she still lives there,” says Linda Camara of Tengbom Architects, the company behind the 2013 iteration of the living pod--a petite vision in pale wood offset with lime green plant pots, cushions and stools.
   The premise for the cube, which has been in the works since 2007, is reasonable enough: students live and die on cheap housing, but everyone needs a toilet. It’s taken six years to whittle the tiny houses down to the current cross-laminated wooden test model form. The large kitchen was squirreled away in the original blueprint, but Tengbom redesigned it as the prime area after student feedback. The current space-efficient design, complete with a patio and vaulted sleeping area, lowers standard rent rates by 50%--music to the ears of any economically bereft twentysomething.…"
Click here.

100 Sq. Ft. Apartment in Harlem: $1250 Per Month


"Daily News reporter Simone Weichselbaum explores the smallest apartment in New York City at 14 Convent Ave.
   In jail, captives get an eight-foot-wide space plus three meals a day as they pay their debt to society.
But in one Harlem building, the captives in a 100-square-foot apartment pay $1,275 a month — and there is no free grub.…"
Click here.
From Rick Gordon

By The Rivers of Babylon -- The Melodians

Rivers of Babylon by The Melodians on Grooveshark

Bloomberg's Micro Apartments in NYC

"The Daily News' Matt Chaban lives with his wife in one of the Bloomberg administration's 325-square-foot mini-apartments…


"'My wife and I are intimate again — thanks to the Bloomberg administration’s latest housing initiative.
   That’s not kissing and telling: The missus and I got a chance to spend a night inside one of the city’s new “Mike-ros,” a 325-square-foot studio apartment that the mayor thinks is the future for young urban couples.…'"
Click here.


Skateboarding the Mountain This Morning

It used to be a rite of passage for serious teenage skaters in my small town to skate a local mountain road on full moon nights. It's a 1-1/2-mile pretty steep (in some sections) curving downhill road that is closed off to cars at night. It's way too fast for me on a normal board, but I can negotiate much of it on a Carveboard, which has pneumatic wheels, and can carve very steep turns.
   I got up at 5AM, drove to the mountain, parked and towed my Carveboard up on a rope (like dog on leash). Unfortunately, I had let too much air out of the tires, and couldn't get a rhythm going, except for a stretch at the end.
   BUT -- I got to see the full moon going down over the ocean in platinum brilliance, while the sunrise lit up the east in an orange glow -- ain't complainin. Got back to town and skated downtown, which has just been paved. No people, no cars. Bombed a hill 3 times, with no worries about running into humans or vehicles. FUN!

Buddy Guy - Mustang Sally

Mustang Sally by Buddy Guy on Grooveshark

Life Size Driftwood Horse Sculptures by Heather Jansch


http://www.heatherjansch.com

Almost-Full Moon On Water Last Night


Lights of San Francisco in background

Unexpected Beauty From the Garden Last Night

Chard seen through reflected light from setting sun. Ruby red!

Treehouse by SunRay Kelley in Portland

From Chris McClellan:
 "…the treehouse SunRay built in Portland in a 300 year old fir tree in the middle of a suburb. When one of the neighbors complained and brought out the building inspector he apparently fell in love with it because he told them to take the stairs down and put up a ladder so it wouldn't be a deck because he had no authority over treehouses that weren't decks with stairs."
Chris' website: http://www.industrialrustic.com/nb/

Israel Proulx - Rock & Roll À La Français


"ISRAEL PROULX Origin: Quebec, Canada. Raised in Chicoutimi, Israel grew up with a singer-songwriter father and a harmonica-playing grandfather, and influenced by Western singer Marcel Martel. When he was five, his grandmother gave him an Elvis Presley record, and he listened to Jailhouse Rock for hours on end. Proulx took up the piano, learning to play the boogie woogie.…" http://www.montrealjazzfest.com/artists/artist.aspx?id=7521
Another song: https://myspace.com/israelproulx/music/songs

Tiny House (229 Sq. Ft.) Sells For $165,000 in Toronto

"That almost impossibly tiny house in Toronto…has found a buyer after just three weeks on the market, though it sold for well below asking price.
   The property at 30 Hanson St. on the east side of Toronto’s inner city got a lot of publicity on real estate sites and blogs as an example of just how tight the city’s housing market has become.
   So tight, in fact, that a house the size of a typical backyard tool shed went on the market for $229,000, enough money to buy a large suburban home in some Canadian cities.
   But it sold this week for $165,000, the National Post reports, a good 28 per cent below asking price.…"
Click here.

Homemade Microcamper

"If you want to travel through a country on a budget and still sleep in a dry place while it rains, a small camper is perfect. However, I wanted to have a fuel efficient car that could be used as well on a daily basis. I decided to go for a used white Renault Kangoo 1.5dci mini van. It's highly fuel efficient (5.2l/100km - 45.2mpg / effective range around 1000km - 621 miles), pleasant to drive and if you take the seats out it is an astonishingly big transporter for sport or daily use.
   I planned everything to be modular:
While camping you take the back seats out and are left with two seats and a camping mobile.
You can leave the back seats in the car and install the kitchen box and you have your kitchen with you if you want to go climbing with your friends.
Or you take both boxes out and your car is a normal mini van again.
The main goal was to build a small camper that is very fast and easy to put into a sleeping position."
Click here.
From Anonymous

Windy Day Windsurfing

On my way north up the coast from Santa Cruz a few weeks ago, a full house of windsurfers at Waddell Creek. This would look best as a 3-4' mural. One of the many limitations of electronic as compared to the real thing. Sigh. Some day I'll do an exhibit of panoramas, grande size. I have tons…

Amarillo by Emmy Lou Harris

Amarillo by Emmy Lou Harris on Grooveshark

Sweet Little House in Richmond, California

Tiny homes are the rage now. Tons of media on the subject. From which we, of course, benefit with our book Tiny Homes (50,000+ copies sold in last year.)

But you know what? Much more realistic for someone who can't fit into 3-400 sq.ft. of living space, or who doesn't have a piece of land, and who has a full-time job, are the small fixer-uppers in not-so-stylish towns. In the San Francisco Bay Area, for example, forget SF, Berkeley, Alameda, Mill Valley, Sausalito, Palo Alto or even San Mateo, but check out Richmond, Hayward, El Cerrito, San Leandro—towns that are either rundown, but improving, or towns that are not hip and don't have B&Bs listed in Lonely Planet books.

There are 1000s and 1000s of little houses in towns that are not of the hip- or destination-persuasion , with backyards and neighborhoods that may be on an uptick. The crack houses have gone. The meth dealers have moved elsewhere. Home prices are WAY lower than the sought-after areas.

Just sayin…

US Cycling From a Dutch perspective


From Mike W

TreeHugger's Photo Pool

Photo by Tom Raftery
This is one of many great photos on Treehugger's Photo Pool:

If you don't already know about it, TreeHugger is a great website/blog.

Duct Tape Surfing


18 years ago a slight lapse in concentration crushed Pascale's dreams of surfing. With the help of a family friend and a roll of duct tape, she can now call herself a surfer.

http://mpora.com/videos/AAdif7to116i

-Mike W

David Shipway's Homemade Apple Press

David is a master builder living on an island in British Columbia. His work was featured in Builders of the Pacific Coast, and here is his description of an apple press he just built:

"Lloyd… Right now I'm building another apple press since there's a good crop on more trees around the island this year. The last one I built back in '76, damn near the first machine I ever made, and it made it through all those years and another zillion gallons of juice. This new one is same old three-legger, but slightly larger and with more foodsafe materials, so it should be at least a 50 year workhorse around somebody's homestead:

Today I drilled, rolled and riveted four 304 stainless bands for the barrel hoops, which will have rock maple staves thanks to a woodworker buddy from Ontario.












Tipi Village in Oregon


"Hi Lloyd, love the books and the blog! Do you know about "Tipi Village" near Ashland, Oregon? It's a semi-nomadic collective of tipi-dwelling families and individuals that has been around for almost 6 years. They live simply and lightly on the land, demonstrating that it is possible for modern humanity to return to a more traditional way of life.
   The tipis are made with hand-cranked sewing machines, for members to live in, or to sell to support the village. The "Big Lodge" is a 27 ft community tipi where friends and travelers can visit awhile, learn more about the tipi lifestyle, or perhaps consider if they might want to create their own tipi home and stay.

Fairy Houses Popping Up in San Francisco

"Turns out, Golden Gate Park isn't the only desirable place to live if you're a teeny tiny someone. Bernal Heights has become the latest hot-spot for the new fairy houses that have been springing up in San Francisco this year. As Bernalwood notes, the neighborhood has spotted a few teeny tiny tree houses of their own in recent days. They're as small as the tree houses found in Golden Gate Park, although, we noticed the architecture takes on a more quirky bohemian appearance, reflective of the human-sized houses you find in Bernal Heights.…"
Article in SFWeekly by Erin Sherbert, photo: Badass Bernalwood Press
Click here.

Foreign Translations of Our Building Books

Over the years we've had many translations done of our fitness books. For example, Stretching is in 23 languages.
   Less so for our building books. In the mid-'70s, Shelter was translated into Spanish, French and German.
   In recent years, we've had a bunch of our building books translated. Shown here, left-to-right:
-Tiny Homes in Korean
-Builders of the Pacific Coast in Korean
-Homework in Japanese
-Homework in French
-Homework in Korean
-Shelter in Korean
-Shelter in French
-Shelter in German
-Shelter in Japanese
-Shelter in Spanish

Almost all of our books have been translated into Korean, for some reason.

Each of our contracts with foreign publishers has a clause that says they can make no changes in the general layout or the cover. When we got the Korean version of Builders of the Pacific Coast, they had completely redesigned the book and its cover. It was totally different! And guess what — I loved it! — and emailed them to tell them so. Like the French did with Shelter in the '70s, they understood the spirit of the book and interpreted it for their readers. Wonderful.

Mother Earth News Launches Natural Building Facebook Page

Our good friends at TMEN have just launched a new Facebook page dedicated to natural building here.

"About: News, notes and networking based on natural building and green homes, with info and advice from Mother Earth News and other expert sources.

Description: Our Natural Building & Green Homes Facebook Page invites posts of inspiring photos and expert advice on all kinds of green building options and natural building methods, including straw bale, cob, cordwood, timber frames, logs, earthbags, and more.

We will post links to other resources such as our national events calendar, and at the top of the page you can find our user-generated Google map of green homes and natural building resources

—The Editors of Mother Earth News magazine"

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Roadkill Now Legal in Montana

"As some Montanans see it, when it comes to the thousands of animal carcasses that litter the state’s roads and highways each year, there is only one logical thing to do: Eat them.
   Under a new state law, people who come across dead deer, elk, moose and antelope — or strike them with their vehicles — may now haul the animals home for dinner.…"
Click here.
From Lynn Kading

We're Selling Books At Solano Avenue Street Fair Sunday in Berkeley

We'll have a booth at this event for the first time this year. Sunday Sept. 8, 10 AM-6 PM. Solano is on the edge of Berkeley and Albany, perpendicular to San Pablo and Shattuck. They say 200,000 people attend this affair. Music, food, crafts, eco-type booths, etc. We'll be selling our building books at a DISCOUNT! (Our booth is pretty close to top of block, outside 5 Star Video, 1882 Solano. Across street from Noah's Bagels.)
Info:
http://www.solanoavenueassn.org/strol.htm
http://www.yelp.com/biz/solano-stroll-berkeley

BTW, when I was a kid, my brother and I used to take a streetcar from the Laguna Honda Station in San Francisco down to the Key System terminal at the base of the Bay Bridge, then catch the F train that crossed the bridge (on the lower deck) and went all the way through Berkeley on Shattuck, then through the tunnel to Solano Avenue, where we'd get off and walk a block or so to our cousins' house on Marin Avenue. My aunt Dorothy was married to ex Berkeley All-American Berkeley High School football player Chili Bertoli, and we spent many weekends with the Bertolis. 10-12 years old, traveling all that distance on 1940s rapid transit, no chaperones. (The rail lines were torn out in 1958, and the lower deck converted to pavement for cars.) Ah me, I do digress.

"Will It Ever Change," by Luther Allison from a great album, "Live in Chicago":

Will It Ever Change? by Luther Allison on Grooveshark

Dubai Motor Home For Sale-- $3.8 Million

"The world's most expensive motorhome has gone on sale in Dubai - covered in gold and worth a cool £2 million. The space-age eleMMent Palazzo comes complete with a colossal master bedroom, 40-inch TV, on-board bar, fireplace and even its own rooftop terrace.
   But the most impressive piece of luxury is the 'Sky Lounge' - at the press of a button the 40ft home transforms into a personal retreat with pop up cocktail bar, underfloor heating and extravagant marble lighting.…"
Click here.
From Godfrey Stephens

Kent Griswold & Deek Diedrickson Visit Shelter

Two of the mightiest men in the tiny house movement, Kent Griswold (Tiny House Blog) and Deek Diedrickson (Relaxshacks) visited Shelter a few weeks back. We did a homestead tour, then had dinner.
For Deek's photos and story, click here.

Latest GIMME SHELTER Newsletter/My NPR Interview Last Week

I just did this latest GIMME SHELTER email newsletter.

I started sending these out maybe 10 years ago, originally for sales reps, to about 750 people. Mainly on the state of Shelter's publishing projects. With blogging, I send these out less frequently, but they still do reach people who don't read the blog.
Click here.

Useful Objects Made From Recycled Materials in Amsterdam

"Foundation, a concept by Rikkert Paauw and Jet van Zwieten is about collecting waste material and old furniture from the neighborhood, moving it to a waste container, reusing it to turn it into a small house (with the container as the foundation), to become a temporary meeting place for neighbours and passers-by.
   During the project, graphic designer Jet van Zwieten will give shape to a public journal or another communication tool that shows the progress and tells the story of the found material and its contributors. This site-specific and investigative approach to design and public space leaves room for unexpected local input and cooperation.…"
Click here.
From Mike W

Saab Camper Shell


"…The Toppola…is the detachable camper add-on tailored to exactly match the shapes and contours of a Saab 900's rear end. You remove the rear hatch, mount the tall, plastic camper bulge, and off you go. The amount of IKEA goods a Toppola can hold is surely nothing short of enormous, and the weight addition is a mere 250 lbs."

Click here.
From Evan Kahn

Tiny House in Trees in Maine


"…Step inside the 350 ft2 (32.5 m2) Tree House and you will find a cozy space brightly lit by many windows and skylights. A comfortable window seat invites you to curl up with a book, take a nap, or enjoy the ocean view. There is also a table hinged to the wall so it can be folded up out of the way when not needed. A ladder takes you up to the sleeping loft.
   Other than the built-in furniture, the interior is unfinished with no insulation or wall finish, leaving the rough-sawn Douglas fir framing on view. Both levels have their own balconies, with the lower one connected by a rope bridge to a zip-line.…"
Click here.

Phil's Backyard -- Paleo Playground

Following up a blog comment, I checked out Tim Joe Comstock's blog and found this.

" Old Phil Stine ran past the leavings from the morning hog feeding. His dog Tuesday, a yellow dog of indeterminate age and breeding, kept pace on his left flank. Running easily past the clearing, they cut left through a dense thicket of scrub pine and palmetto and broke clear into the vista that was Phil's backyard. While Phil's old family holdings were a mere one hundred or so acres, they were acres that backed up onto a vast wetlands of both public and private holdings, many square miles of untouched land except for the cattle that roamed throughout and the handful of men who rode the fence line and also the occasional hunters who illegally found their way onto the place.

     Approaching a mud bog that could have been inches deep or bottomless, Phil increased his speed, bounding forward and leaping onto an old swimming pool diving board that he had cemented firmly in place there, gaining no small amount of height and speed and throwing him physically clear of the bog, as Tuesday ran around and over with a small leap of her own. They were moving fast now, dodging and leaping and cutting through small openings that would have been invisible to someone who did not know how to see them. Blasting forth into yet another small clearing, there stood a magnificent old Florida live oak, its huge branches spreading out and commanding and sheltering the clearing with a kind of patriarchal presence.