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SunRay Kelley's New Treehouse

SunRay Kelley is a master natural builder whose work has been featured in Builders of the Pacific Coast, Tiny Homes, and Tiny Homes on the Move. Here’s some recent news.

Hi Lloyd,

SunRay is working on a two-story, one-bedroom tree house. The attached picture will give you an idea but I need to get some updated photos soon it is a lot farther along these days. I hope she’ll be done in time to make this next book. Below are links to photos and text on a few of the small homes SunRay has done.

Sounds like you have another great project to keep you busy and out of trouble this rainy season.

Love and Light,
Bonnie and SunRay

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Tiny Nest Construction Videos

Tiny Nest - Jake & Kiva

Jake and Kiva have produced a YouTube series of construction videos documenting a tiny home build on Vancouver Island.  The videos follow their tiny house project, from early design to completion and beyond showing materials, tools, and construction techniques. A 3D Google Sketchup plan is also available as a free download.

Check out their videos below:

  Tiny Nest is a video series following our tiny house project, from early design, to completion and beyond. In this episode, we introduce ourselves and catch you up on what we've done so far.

In this episode, we introduce ourselves and catch you up on what we’ve done so far.

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In this episode, we talk about the trailer that we have acquired for the project, why we chose it, and the process we went through to get it.

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How to Build a Reciprocal Roof Frame

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In Tiny Homes, we did two pages (pp. 110-111) on Ziggy Liloia’s cob cottage. In this excerpt from his website, TheYearOfMud.com, he explains how he built his reciprocal framed roof.

ziggy-gobcobatron-01A reciprocal roof is a beautiful and simple self-supporting structure that can be composed of as few as three rafters, and up to any imaginable quantity (within reason, of course). Reciprocal roofs require no center support, they are quick to construct, and they can be built using round poles or dimensional lumber (perhaps with some creative notching). They are extremely strong, perfect for round buildings, and very appropriate for living roofs, as well. The reciprocal roof design was developed by Graham Brown in 1987. Read More …

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Jonny Briggs' Timber Frame Buildings in UK

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I did 3 posts on Jonny Briggs’ timber framing on my blog here: www.lloydkahn.com/?s=briggs

Jonny is a 26-year-old carpenter from North Yorkshire who learned his craft at the Prince’s Foundation for Building Community (that’s Prince of Wales — traditional carpentry is just one of Charlie’s many earth-sensitive endeavors).

“…The building craft apprenticeship allows students who have a genuine interest in traditional building, sustainability and design to learn from master craftspeople around the UK.

Jonny now specializes in the design and build of traditional timber frames, structural timber work and bespoke furniture.”

Jonny wrote us today:

Hi Lloyd,

I have finally got a website together which shows the larger structures I have built over the last few years. It’s www.jonny-briggs.com

Thanks,
Jonny

I tell ya, the 20-year-olds these days are really something! A whole new octave.

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Tree Houses in Columbia River Gorge

Screen shot 2014-09-09 at 7.13.03 AMFoster Huntington’s 6-speed 6 cylinder Toyota 4×4 pickup truck camper is featured in Tiny Homes on the Move (pp. 22-23). He stopped by our studio on his way north from Baja last year and we shot photos for the book. It’s an beautiful rig, the best I’ve ever seen for off-road/surfing travel. He was heading up the coast, looking for new adventures.

Well, he sure found some; yesterday he emailed us:

Hey Lloyd,

Hope things are going well in for you. I’ve been working on a project building tree houses and a skatebowl on in the Columbia River Gorge. Check it out here: www.thecindercone.com

–Foster

tumblr_napswx44nf1ts8049o1_1280Check out Foster and friends building, skating, jumping into waterfalls, hot-tubbing. Are these guys having fun? I wanna be there! (and 40 years younger).
www.instagram.com/fosterhunting

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Jonny Briggs' Structure in the UK

Jonny Briggs' Peach House

Hi,

I have just completed a structure that has greatly been inspired by the books you produce. I am a 26-year-old carpenter/designer from the UK and work using traditional techniques and local sustainable materials.

I just thought I would share my creation with you, the Peach House was commissioned by a member of the Royal family and I was given free rein with the design and build, which was a very rare but amazing experience. Read More …

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