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Uniquely Thin Wooden Bowls By Robert Bader

These were in the window of a shop in Hanapepe on the island of Kauai, Hawaii. They were very thin, and exquisite.They were apparently turned on a lathe, but I can't imagine how.

83-Year-Old 10-Foot-Wide New York House Was Built With Used Materials

"MAMARONECK, N.Y. — The red-shingled house on Grand Street shares several attributes with its neighbors. It has three stories, a full basement, hardwood floors and a neat yard.
But one thing has always set this house apart, turning heads on nearby Interstate 95 and, last week, prompting New York officials to recommend its addition, along with 21 other properties and districts, to the National Register of Historic Places: It is only 10 feet wide.
Called the Skinny House, the gabled structure stitched into a modest street in this Westchester County suburb has a back story to rival its unusual architecture.
It was built in 1932 by Nathan T. Seely, an African-American carpenter who, with his brother Willard, had a successful home-building business that catered to the waves of black Southerners moving north as part of the Great Migration.…"
Story by Lisa W.Foderaro

Photo: Andrew Sullivan for The New York Times

Adventures With Alastair Humphreys

I've done 2 posts on him in previous years,  and was reminded of him again by an article in the New York Times recently listing his book Microadventures: Local Discoveries for Great Escapes.

Over the Rainbow - Gene Vincent


Update on Lucas Sweeten's Schoolbus Home

Lucas' bus was featured on pp. 70-71 of Tiny Homes on the Move. Here's the latest:

April 3, 2015
Hey Hey there Lloyd, I wanted to give you an update on the bus. Also, I really appreciated you working with me for the timeline and putting my bus in your book.… So, for the update: I'll attach a few pictures of the bus. Naturally it's not finished. It most likely will never be, but as we know that is the joy of a custom mobile life.

Since the past pictures I've rebuilt most of the interior using wood I've cut, milled, stacked and dried (all done a few years back), or wood that I've salvaged. There's a 400 watt solar system, 12v lighting, converted freezer to fridge (not in the pics), deck on top, pull behind trailer/porch, and concrete shower. The floors are plumbed with radiant heat pex tubing.  I have a thermal solar panel although it's not installed yet. The grey water tank is in, and finally some curtains are being hung.

In just a few weeks I'll be taking her on the true maiden voyage. Granted I'll be driving back to where it was about 6 months ago but, I'll be living in it this time for the foreseeable future. It will be a short stay in Kentucky before heading to Maine, which is my final destination. In Maine I'll be attending a metalwork school for the rest of the year followed by a fine furniture making school. Thanks again and I hope you enjoy.
    Lucas Sweeten

True Costs of Using Recycled Materials

From my Facebook Author page: (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lloyd-Kahn/110048295717073?v=wall)  Note, I don't do Facebook actively; I just have my blog posts put up automatically. There's just not enough time in my day to be a full Facebook participant.

Hey Lloyd Kahn, Thanks again for all your hard work, you inspire us! I have noticed a lot of articles in the tiny home archives over the years mentioning such statements as "Man builds tiny home for $500..." what about his total labor time, and those often overlooked overhead costs... do you find such a statement at all misleading? I am a licensed builder myself, running a company in Portland, OR and feel as tho I often have to re-educate clients as to what the "actual costs" of construction really are (mostly the cost of my Time.) This conversation inevitably arises when during design phase we discuss the option of reclaimed materials... which almost always ends up costing more $ (sourcing, milling, install.) Hooray for folks who are living their dreams building a place of their own with their "free time", but let's also paint a realistic picture by including the price of time, and thus value the craft appropriately. As a builder yourself, any of your thoughts would be appreciated.
-Kiel Kellow

Kiel, You're absolutely right, the costs (as here) are way more than $500 if you consider labor. Time is precious.

The Forgotten Treehouse Bars of Bygone Summers in Paris

"There was once a place that drew crowds of Parisians away from their grand boulevards and sidewalk cafés to rediscover their inner child, wine & dine in chestnut tree houses and celebrate summer like Robinson Crusoe.

Perhaps you’ve heard of a “guingette”, a sort of French equivalent to a summer hoedown, traditionally located next to the river and particularly popular in the the 19th and early 20th century, serving food and ample drinks, accompanied by lively music and dancing. Monet and Renoir immortalised such vibrant scenes in their paintings but it seems the most enchanting of these summer establishments has been long forgotten by Parisians…"
From David Wills

"Holy Cow" by Lee Dorsey

My son Will turned me on to Lee Dorsey last week, can't believe I never heard of him. Born in New Orleans in 1924, was buddies with Fats Domino, many of his songs produced by Alan Toussaint, backed by The Meters. http://grooveshark.com/s/Holy+Cow/4CPgsG?src=5

Saturday Fish Fry

I can only get a fraction of what's going on in my life right now on this blog. I've never had so many things going on. I run from one thing to another. As I'm walking to my shop to get a tool, I spy something in the garden that needs doing, and I do it, forgetting the original task. It's great!
In no special order, in addition to the publishing stuff, I've been making knives, that is, putting handles on Russell made-in-USA carbon steel blades, the last one with brass rivets and wood from a manzanita burl; making neck pendants out of abalone shell; getting my 12' aluminum Klamath boat with 15 HP Evinrude back into the water after 20 years of hardly using it; skinning road kill animals, and treating (cleaning, bleaching) various animal skulls: foxes, skunks, bobcats…; doing homestead maintenance, which is endless, but of late, gratifying; listening to a ton of good music—boy between Grooveshark and YouTube, it's a listener's paradise; been digging clams, catching the occasional eel; making sauerkraut, pickled onions, smoking salmon and eels when available; trying out marijuana tinctures, other ways to get cannabinoids without smoke (or even vapor); hiking and paddling (not often enough); hanging out with my friend Louie when I can, going up to stay with him in the Mendocino woods in a few weeks…that's just a small part of it all…hey, here's what just came on, "Everything I Do Gonh Be Funky (From Now On)" by Lee Dorsey: http://grooveshark.com/s/Everything+I+Do+Gonh+Be+Funky+From+Now+On/4CPbfd?src=5

Moon on Mottled Creek Waters

Bay Area Fishermen Alert: Nice Boston Whaler For Sale in Martinez, Calif.

I spotted this nice looking 17 foot Whaler for sale yesterday at Eagle Marine in Martinez. It's $8500. The 50 horse Tohatsu (Nissan) motor is 2-stroke oil-injected.

Click here to see 3 other boats in their yard:

Little Richard (And More!) on a Sunny Thursday Morning

All alone here, and helped by caffeine and mota, I'm cruising YouTube. What set me off was hearing Little Richard singing "The Girl Can't Help It," and the line "She's got a lot of what you call the most…"*

The other night, Sirius DJ Michael Des Barres had said to check out the YouTube video of Little Richard performing the song in the movie (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_cmEr2bw1s), which I did, then spotted Richard and his crack band doing Lucille. He was so beautiful! Whatta voice!
*Another of Richard's great lines: "It ain't what you eat, it's the way how you chew it."

If you want to waste even more time on my musical journey this morning, click here:

Audio Interview with Growing Bolder Magazine

There seems to be a rush of interest in active older people these days. I think a lot of this has to do with the work of Russian photo-journalist Vladimir Jakovlev, who is photographing lively older people all over the world. Someone sent me this link yesterday to an interview I did recently with the online magazine Growing Bolder: https://www.facebook.com/theageofhappiness

Dining Table Made from Recycled Lumber

Over the years I've made a bunch of tables out of used Douglas Fir. This was made from 3x10s that I got at Caldwell Wrecking in San Francisco..

Tree House Builder in Japan

Yuichi Takeuchi is coming to visit us in a few weeks. Check out his unique creations at treeheads.com: http://www.treeheads.com/

Bruno Mars - Runaway Baby - 2012 Grammies


Photographing the Beginning of the End of 'Old San Francisco'

"Janet Delaney was a 26-year-old photography student when she arrived in San Francisco's South of Market neighborhood in 1978. Then, SoMa was still home to working-class immigrant families, small-business owners, artists, and a vibrant gay/leather community. With relatively low rents, 'it had a long history of being a port of entry to the city,' says Delaney. 'There's a quote from one of my neighbors that I love: 'South of Market was a place where you could get yourself together.'
But SoMa was already changing, as the city moved forward with decades-long plans to redevelop the area.…as Delaney thought about the thousands of homes demolished…, she soon focused her lens on her neighbors. Their existences in SoMa were in peril, too.…
In spite of the fact that she's witnessed the city transform again and again—or perhaps because of it—Delaney doesn't completely mourn for the future of San Francisco. She went walking around SoMa just yesterday, she says, and enjoyed the energy and bustle of people on bikes and in cafes and at work. The city's dramatic changes remind her, a little bit, of New York City.…"
Photo: Janet Delaney
Sent us by Kevin Kelly

Tiny Girl Loves Tiny Book

"My daughter absolutely loves the little version of the tiny homes book!…"

- Lydia Doleman, Colorado

Jeez, after some crude Photoshop work, it looks like a Rembrandt!

Students From Marin Montessori School Visit Our Compound

In late February these 10 students and their teacher Andrew Gaertner toured our office and homestead as part of their class "Buildings and Structures."
Photo: Evan Kahn