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The Shelter Publications Blog Lives!

Actually, it never really died—it was just dormant for a season or two as we shifted energy elsewhere! If you’re new here, you should give Lloyd’s blog and his Instagram account a follow.

If you’re still with us, it means you recognize the importance of innovative problem-solving and sustainable living.

Lloyd Kahn revolutionized how people think about homes and buildings, starting with Shelter and then Shelter II. Both books were born of the same ethos and printing presses as the Whole Earth Catalog (that’s why those two Shelter books are so big!). And Lloyd hasn’t stopped spreading his love and appreciation for new building techniques and the new designers who adopt them. He just has some new help here on the official Shelter Publications blog.

Shelter books with the Whole Earth Catalog and Lloyd Kahn's picture with AdventureKEEN's logo

His books continue to celebrate the rough edges, the imperfections, and the beauty of the stories behind the designs. They are simultaneously art books, practical how-to guides, and philosophical treatises all rolled into one.

The keys to the long-lasting relevance of Shelter Publications are Lloyd’s personal touch and heart, which he pours into every project. So while Shelter Publications will have a few new voices, Lloyd’s work won’t change. 

Since it has been a while since this blog was updated, here are a few highlights about Lloyd Kahn and his work:

We hope you’ll stick around as we dust off a few things and breathe life back into this blog. We are excited to show you what gets built next!

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Making Shelter Simple: An Interview with Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd“When I was a kid I had a little workbench with holes in it, and the holes were square or round or triangular. And you had to pick the right little piece of wood block and hammer it in with a little wooden hammer. And so I’d hammer with it, put the round dowel into the round hole, and hammer it through. And then maybe the most formative thing was when I was twelve — I helped my dad build a house. It had a concrete slab floor, and concrete block walls. And my job was shoveling sand and gravel and cement into the concrete mixer for quite a while. We’d go up there and work on weekends. One day we got the walls all finished, and we were putting a roof on the carport, and I got to go up on the roof. They gave me a canvas carpenter’s belt, a hammer and nails, and I got to nail down the 1″ sheeting. And I still remember that, kneeling on the roof nailing, the smell of wood on a sunny day. And then I worked as a carpenter when I was in college, on the docks. I just always loved doing stuff with my hands…”

Check out the article over at Medium.

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