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Chris Brady's Truck


Dear Shelter Publications,

I have been meaning to contact you for quite some time now, having been a devoted reader and carrier of all your building books. As a mobile custom builder from the Olympic Peninsula, my work evokes a similar message and style as both Builders of the Pacific Coast and Tiny Homes.

I grew up in Port Townsend, Washington, raised a sawyer’s son in a family of talented builders. I have spent the past 10 working years learning the art of building artful structures. Skilled in all phases of construction, I specialize in detail finish woodwork, timberframing, and tiny homes. Early on I had a vision of a wooden camper shell on my Toyota pickup. I began collecting wood at our mill when I was 19 years old, selecting Sitka Spruce for the frame because of its light weight and strength, and both Western Red and Alaskan Yellow Cedars as T&G siding for the walls and roof. In my spare time between work projects in my makeshift shop overlooking the Strait of Juan De Fuca, I began building my gypsy camper.

Many times since then I have packed up the Gypsy with my tools and headed out, bound for adventures and building projects across the West. In 2011 I relocated to the Gallatin Valley of southwestern Montana where I worked alongside a talented crew of timberwrights and learned the historic craft of timber frame. Working with reclaim timbers and logs added a new dimension to my style and skill set.

My work continues to allure me to travel and build artful dwellings throughout the greater West. For instance, I am currently building a home in Comptche, California. The landscapes that I explore inspire my work, and the Gypsy enables me to be at home wherever I go.

Now, over 100,000 miles of road traveled in our wooden road abode, I am back at the drawing board visioning and designing the next Gypsy. As time passes and seasons change, I will be busy building the next tiny home on wheels to accommodate the many more gypsy-living road trips yet to come.

Thanks for your time and attention, Lloyd and company. I’ve attached a handful of photographs of the camper on various adventures. I look forward to hearing back from you.

Chris Brady

11 Responses to Chris Brady's Truck

  1. Cheryl Brady says:

    We are so proud of our son and his creative talents.

  2. Ariel Crook says:

    Cheers to you, Chris! So rad!

  3. LaTrecia Arthur says:

    The Gypsy is apart of you and this story is a snapshot of your time in the traveling truck. It always makes me smile to see the Gypsy, cause I know you’ve come home. Chris’s Gypsy = Happiness.

  4. Christine Lassley says:

    Having known Chris’ father, Mike, and mother, Cheri, from long before Chris’ conception, it does not surprise me that their progeny would turn out to be so gifted and such an amazing person! You have crazy skills and talents, Chris! Your work fascinates and inspires me to dream a little bigger! Love your work, love your lifestyle! The last time I saw you in Port Townsend, you were just a kid. Now, with the many skills you have cultivated, you have created a fantastic life, and it’s only going to get better! I can’t wait to see you evolve along this path, and to see the new Gypsy! As we say in Hawaii, Hana Hou!

  5. Adam says:

    he says he attached more photos. Do you think we could see them?

  6. Ed Stern says:

    ‘Small’ homes movement, you are center cut and ready!

  7. Lori Malgarini says:

    How Awesome! what a creative mind.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Nice to see your rig and story in Lloyd’s page. Sounds your having a great time

  9. Eric Null says:

    What a talented young man. I would love to see more detailed pictures of this vehicle

  10. voxxxlane says:

    Where are the pictures? I’d love to see them!

  11. Go to to see more photos…

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