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Bernie Harbert and His Mule Polly's 2,500-mile Voyage Across America


Hi Lloyd and Lew,
I just wanted to let you know that Rocky Mountain PBS premiers the Lost Sea Expedition series January 4th. The series will also stream on Amazon and Vimeo. The story about this tiny wagon voyage across America featured in Tiny Homes (pp. 188–189). I think this info would really interest theshelterblog.com readers.

Seaweed Nutrition

Big waves at beach yesterday, negative ion perfume in air. Gathered these bull kelp blades, which I dry, grind up, and sprinkle on omelette, meat, fish, potatoes, salads—just about anything. Homemade vitamin supplement, high in protein and minerals. I pickle the bull kelp bulbs. About to leave now for clamming and mussels. I have a 12' Klamath aluminum boat, with 15 HP 2-stroke vintage Evinrude outboard motor, which I'm working the kinks out of.
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Randy's Road Rig

Hi Lloyd,
I ran into Randy in Folsom, CA.  I figured for sure he’d heard of Shelter and Tiny Homes on The Move, but he had not. Randy’s in his late 50’s and found himself in the middle of a late in life divorce and didn’t want tot have to work to own a house.  He’s a metal worker by trade and modified an old utility trailer with the camper shell from his old Dodge pick up into his new home.  It’s pretty cool.  I shared with him your website information too.
Dan Varvais



A Book For San Francisco Bay Area and Coastal California Gardeners

Lesley’s been gardening on our piece of Northern California coastal land for over 40 years. For vegetables, she’s come to rely on the book Golden Gate Gardening by Pam Pierce.
• Foggy climate charts
• What to plant when
• Encourages year-round vegetable growing.
• For the the San Francisco Bay Area and coastal California.

Over the years, we’ve given copies to our boys, as well as friends who are starting out to grow vegetables in the area.

Below: garden at its most barren right now. New hoop greenhouse from Farmtek, a great source of greenhouse supplies and all kinds of agricultural products. We just added walls, 2 concrete blocks high, to get more height. Doors by Billy Cummings. Foreground: raised beds of redwood 2x12's, 1/4" wire on bottom for gophers. Lightweight lift-off  covers with netting to protect strawberries from birds


Seven Useful Tools in My Shop



Our newly-formed Shelter film crew has started making short videos. With producer Em-J Staples and cameraman and film editor Evan Kahn. Listed in in order of production here: https://www.youtube.com/results?sp=CAI%253D&search_query=lloyd+kahn

To see URLs for buying any of these tools, click on the YouTube icon at bottom after video starts.

Our next video will be on my return, albeit more cautiously, to skateboarding.

Advice to Californians Building New Homes After The Fires

I'd like to get this out to as many people as possible. Please send it to anyone you think might appreciate it.
       -LK
Poster from 1885, designed to encourage people to move westward

I would like to offer some suggestions to people whose homes were destroyed by the California fires of 2017. I have built three homes of my own and, as well, been publishing books on building for some 45 years now. From this experience I’ve come to some conclusions about practical, sensible building.

Much of the emphasis in our books has been on owner-building, and if you will be doing design and construction yourself, these are things for you to consider. If not, these are ideas you can discuss with architects and/or builders you may be working with — the principles are the same. 

Much has been learned about building homes in the last two or three decades. You may be able to take advantage of building materials and techniques that weren’t available when these homes were built. Here is a chance to do things better, to learn from experience, to create a home built from sustainable materials that will save energy, that will be better for you and the planet.

Please note: These are just random ideas for your consideration. This isn't a check list, where you try to incorporate each suggestion in your plans. The purpose here is to stimulate thinking. Maybe you’ll find two or three ideas that will work for you.

Holiday Sale: 50% Off of Shelter, Tiny Homes, Small Homes

Happy Holidays! We're offering a 50% discount off of three of our building books: Shelter, Tiny Homes, and Small Homes — no promo code needed. Also, free shipping in the U.S.A.

Cheaper than Amazon!

View From Kitchen Sink Last Night


Van Living -- Hour Long Movie



From Mike W

See Foster Huntington;'s latest book, Van Life: Your Home on the Road: https://www.amazon.com/Van-Life-Your-Home-Road/dp/0316556440


Photo by Walker Evans



Huge exhibit of his work at Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco.

Huevos Ranchero's at Queenie's Roadhouse Cafe

Highly recommended breakfast, lunch, in Elk, south of Mendocino on Highway One.  That's Louie and me last week.
 


In the Tube

Timber Framing in Maine

Jon Kalish sent us a link to an interview he did on timber framing in Maine, whih included this video.

Jon's interview at: http://www.wbur.org/hereandnow/2017/11/23/gardner-waldeier-house-raising 


Lesley's Open Studio


Lesley is having an open studio of her weaving (scarves, shawls, hats), quilts, and hand-spun wool over Thanksgiving weekend across the road from our home at 285 Dogwood Road. Info on all 19 Bolinas artists: www.coastalmarinartists.com. A couple of blocks down the road (165 Alder) is painter Dieter Tremp's studio.

Brielle, one year old. Mini-book of SMALL HOMES. At first she wouldn’t look at, then got fascinated. At Trinks excellent restaurant in Gualala


2-Story Driftwood Shack

On the road again
Heard about a 2-story driftwood shack at Navarro beach, road to beach closed because Navarro River has not broken thru to ocean, making big flooded Estero. Tried to walk thru yesterday afternoon, but water soon up over knees, so had to settle for this long shot. I’m heading south today to another long sandy beach with a bunch of shacks. Glad I got this iPhone 8 plus, way improved camera. BUT am so pissed off I forgot to bring my grown-up camera (Olympus OM-D) with telephoto lens. Damn! Still, you get the idea. Watch for my new book, Driftwood Shacks: Anonymous Architecture Along the California Coast. As a result of this trip, the book has grown by at least a dozen pages. This is the first in a field of small print-on-demand books we're going to try. I have a ton of things that I'd like to make small books out of. Barns, motorcycles, New York City, L.A., Baja California Sur…
Meanwhile, finishing 2nd draft of my book on the '60s, present working title: "Something's Happening…
Haven't got subtitle, maybe "My Life and the '60s"

Driftwood Sculpture


On the Road // On the Beach in Sonoma County


I took off from home about noon yesterday, on my way north on Hwy One to Pt. Arena to hang out with with my pal Louie in Pt. Arena and environs.

I'm in midst of publishing 64-pg. book, “Driftwood Shacks,” and about halfway up the coast, spotted a nicely symmetrical tipi-shaped beach shack from a cliff. Whoa! Totally timely. I climbed down the cliff and discovered a strung-out village of maybe 15 beach shacks over a mile and a half, perfect day after rains, good surf, jogging along beach, gulls, turkey buzzards soaring, beach vibes rich in chi.

I think my book just grew another dozen pages. Will be out before year's end. Digital printing by Ingram’s Lightning Source. Color, 8 by 8”, probably $20. This is a shot of my computer screen this morning.

Ladybug ladybug...


This one in a beach shack yesterday. Model for the Volkswagen bug. Once on a hike in Big Sur, I came across a spot in the redwoods where the ground was red, millions of them.

Ladybug ladybug...

SMALL HOMES Featured in Latest Mother Earth News + 50% Discount on Books For November

The December/January issue of The Mother Earth News has a 5-page article on our book SMALL HOMES.

Note: We are offering a 50% discount on our books SMALL HOMES, TINY HOMES, and SHELTER for the rest of November, with free shipping, Christmas gifts?

Details at: https://www.shelterpub.com/building/


Yogan's Photo of Gaudi's Work

Photo by our friend, French carpenter yogan, of The Church of Colònia Güell, an unfinished work by Antoni Gaudí. It was built as a place of worship for the people in a manufacturing suburb in Santa Coloma de Cervelló, near Barcelona.

See yogan's blog for many more photos of Gaudi's work, as well as of other unique buildings in different parts of the world:

http://yogan.over-blog.com/

Note: Check out the comments for more on Gaudi


Three Generations at the Skate Park

L-R: Will, Nikko, me, Evan, Maceo. Photo by Aine Kahn

Spotted this little house in a eucalyptus grove last week. About 18" wide, 2' high. Maybe an abandoned doll house.

Kevin Kelly in Mongolia

"…The wildness is a deception. Scattered in nearly every vista of Mongolia are the round white tents of nomads. We know these tent houses as yurts; they call them ger (pronounced gair). They are the primary home to about 1 million nomads. Today’s nomads retain a lifestyle relatively unchanged from that of their forebears in important ways. Living as I do—in a world teeming with smartphones and Wi-Fi, smart TVs and self-driving cars—it is a remarkable thing to travel among them.
The nomads are herders and typically own about 1,000 animals—mostly sheep and goats, but cows, horses, dogs, camels, and yaks as well. You could think of them as ranchers who move their ranch seasonally. They set up their ger in spring for maximum summer pastures, then they move it again for winter feeding. This movement is not north to south as might be expected, but from lowlands to highlands, or even from open valley in summer to hidden hilly nook in winter to escape the wind, which is more punishing than the cold.…"
-Kevin Kelly