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A Package This Makes It Seem Like It's All Worth While

Over the years we’ve sent prison inmates any books they ask for. 20 years ago, we were sending out a lot of weight training books. These days, they’re asking for building books.*

Yesterday this package arrived and it was a delight. The spoon is really nice. Handcrafted, not made in China.

The notes in yellow say:

“Dear Lloyd & friends,

A few years ago you folks were kind enough to send me Home Work for free when I was locked up – so, to return the kindness, here is a gift. Enjoy it! If you come across anyone else who wants one, they are on Etsy:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/242806539/stainless-steel-spork-hand-forged)

Best regards,

Drew”


*If you’re an inmate or know any, tell them to write us for free books. -LK

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Shelter Looking for Apprentice or Part Time Employee and/or Website Designer

The paradox is that we’re getting this incredible feedback, now daily, and sales of our books have dropped off. We want to:

1. Redesign our website

2. Get Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and our blogs working to reach people. We have tons of “content.”

3. Produce more short videos

4. Consult with internet-savvy people

5. Get word out more broadly about our books

6. Get theshelterblog audience large enough so we get income from it.

Ideally we’d find a person who who understands blogs, “social media,” and how to build a new website.

Contact us if you or anyone you know might be interested in working with us: shelter@shelterpub.com

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Jay Nelson's Suzuki Camper Built for Foster Huntington

Jay Nelson’s work has been featured in Tiny Homes and Tiny Homes on the Move. Foster Huntington’s Toyota Tacoma camper was featured in Tiny Homes on the Move.


From Foster:

“The car is a Suzuki SJ410. It’s the predecessor to the Samurai and has a 1 liter 4-cylinder engine.

The camper is made out of marine plywood and thin copper sheeting. The camper has a sleeping space that’s just over 6 feet long over the cab.

 Jay Nelson designed and built the camper in two weeks with some help from some friends.”

Jay’s Website: https://www.jaynelsonart.com/

More on Jay: https://lloydkahn-ongoing.blogspot.com/search?q=jay+nelson

Foster’s website: https://www.arestlesstransplant.com/

More on Foster: https://lloydkahn-ongoing.blogspot.com/search?q=Foster+huntington

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There ARE a Few Good Architects in the USA: Lake/Flato Architects in Texas

“HACIENDA JA JA

Alamo Heights, TX

Nestled beneath the canopy of the live oaks, the home is a natural partner with its neighbors in scale, with porches allowing its residents to easily engage with activity on the street.

Carefully sited to preserve and to protect the live oaks, to promote cross-ventilation and to maximize natural daylighting, the home is also designed to avoid solar thermal gain during the summer and capture passive solar heating during the winter. Rainwater is collected from the roofs and stored in a below-ground tank; during most of the year, captured rain water will supplant domestic water for all landscape irrigation needs.”

https://www.lakeflato.com/projects/homes.asp

Suggested by Michael Gaspers

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$100 Pallet Floor Replaces Ugly Carpet

“We had this weird windowless room with no purpose so we thought to make it a pantry. It needed quite a bit of work to come around to the functional side. Some shelving went in but the floor was a train wreck – awful cheap disgusting carpet.

After that got ripped out, I had to figure out what to put in its place that was sturdy, looked good, and was inexpensive. After visiting a pallet rehabber, the idea was hatched.…”

https://humboldtartdept.blogspot.com/2014/08/the-pantry-floor-is-done-done-done.html

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