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Deek's Brockton, MA Hands‑On Tiny House Building Workshop 2016

Brockton ma tiny house workshop flyer-1Deek’s Brockton, MA Hands‑On Tiny House Building Workshop 2016! Our workshops are fully hands-on, taught by a duo who have hosted and designed for HGTV and The DIY Network, have been featured in the New York Times, and are so fun and eclectic, that we have many people who have attended these workshops two, three, and even four times!

FEBRUARY 5-6-7, 2016, Brockton, MA (25 min. from Boston)

Well, its pretty thrilling that a museum that I hold in high esteem, and one that is gorgeous, has asked us to host a Hands‑On Tiny House Building Workshop! Naturally we said yes! This time around, we have more space than we know what to do with, all indoors (don’t worry, you won’t freeze to death!), and we’ll be tackling two, if not three, tiny cabin and shelter projects — all roping in the know-how you need to build a tiny house, shed, tree house, cabin, or funkified fort!

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SunRay Kelley's New Treehouse

Hi Lloyd and friends,

Just thought you might like to see some photos of SunRay’s latest creation — a funky little treehouse nestled in ponderosa pine trees, built during the recent 20th anniversary Natural Building Colloquium in Kingston, New Mexico. I have a bunch of images on my website here:

It’s a beautiful structure, particularly the roof. Hope you enjoy!

Brian “Ziggy” Liloia
Natural Building Workshops & more

P.S.: By the way, I’m greatly looking forward to the next book!


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Mike Basich's Tiny House Adventure

I met Mike B. when we started working on the Tiny Homes and Tiny Homes on the Move books. Amazing builder, snowboarder, traveller. This guy does it all, one of the most inspiring people I know. Here is a newly released video by GoPro and him detailing the build and trip to Alaska.

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French Carpenters Stop by Shelter on Their Way Home


Yogan and Menthé, carpenters from France, who have been featured in our last two books, stopped by here yesterday on their way home. They have spent the last three months hitchhiking and working on the West Coast, from Northern California up to Orcas Island. Kindred spirits, these two have had a wonderful time, working with a variety of people, trading work for room and board.

We’ll be posting photos of their projects in the near future.


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Throwback Thursday from the Shelter Archives


Martin Bartlett’s pod home at Pacific High School in the Santa Cruz mountains, Calif., 1968.

This method of construction, developed by Bob McElroy in Big Sur, Calif., consisted of trimming ¼″ sheets of plywood at the top, bending them over, and attaching to each other with batts; shingles on exterior, circular plexiglas skylight at top.

Photos by Lloyd Kahn

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Japanese Woodworking Seminar October 31, 2015, Oakland CA


Schedule for Kezurou-Kai USA 10/31/2015

  • 9:00-9:15: Karl Bareis: Opening Greeting
  • Ongoing: S. Oyama: Plastering Demonstration
  • 9:15-10:30: Jay Van Arsdale (Part 1): Basic Joinery Cutout Techniques
    • Toby Hargreaves and Mark Van Haltern: Hip Rafter Corner Joinery
    • David Bassing: Sharpening and Blade “Back” Conditioning
  • 10:30-12:00: Jay Van Arsdale (Part 2): High Angle Planing for Difficult Woods
    • Matt Connerton: Chisels or “Nomi-nomics”
    • Ryosei Kaneko (Part 1): Roof Layout and Use of Japanese Square
  • 12:00-1:00: Lunch Break
  • 1:00-2:00: Mike Laine: Planes and Planing
    • Ryosei Kaneko (Part 2): Layout Table and Irregular Timbers
    • Jay Van Arsdale (Part 3): Chisel and Plane Blade Maintenance
  • 2:00-2:20: Karl Bareis: Explanation of Kezurou-Kai USA and 2016 Event
  • 2:30-3:45: Planing Competition
  • 3:45-4:00: Karl Bareis: Closing Remarks
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$40 entrance fee, $20 students

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Brad Kittel's Kickstarter Campaign

Brad Kittel from the Tiny Homes book (pages 44-49 and on the cover) has started a Kickstarter campaign for a book of plans for 30 houses built of 95% salvaged materials free of plastic, vinyl, sheetrock, or latex paints. Check it out.


Nine years ago I began pioneering the 95% Pure Salvage Building techniques that have been perfected over the years in the form of Tiny Texas Houses. They are now built using “Space Magic,” a term I coined for making spaces seem much bigger than they are through illusions of a sort few others in the tiny house industry seem to understand. Read More …

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Fort Ross, Recreated Russian Fort on NorCal Coast


Last week Yogan and I spent an hour exploring the Fort Ross State Historic Park, a masterful re-creation of the Russian fort built on the Northern California coast in 1812. The Russians brought down Native Alaskan hunters who speared sea otters from seal skin kayaks. Most of the hunters came from the Kodiak Islands and their kayaks, spears, and hunting techniques were extraordinary (more on this later).

If you are ever driving up the Northern California coast, I highly recommend going to this site.

Here is the chapel (star of the show), metal shop, and wood shop. Roofing on these buildings consisted of 2 layers of long planks, laid with the cracks in the top layer over the centers of the under layer.

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A Bedroom for a Hobbit


Hey Evan, I thought you and the rest of the Shelter team might get a bang out of a project I’m finishing up.

My inspiration for this tiny shelter was of course J.R.R. Tolkien’s books and his description of the shire the homeland of the Hobbit. I also drew from my fascination with small wooden sailboat cabins. Intended to go in my living room to act as a reading/napping nook next to a fireplace. I believe foolishness is a much neglected feature in modern design. The act of not taking yourself to seriously is an art and I intend on surrounding myself with it.

–Tohner Jackson
For more info and foolishness, check out:

Thanks Tohner, looks great!

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