Tiny Homes on the Move Book (130)

Tonight in A Treehouse

Foster Huntington and his 4X4 Toyota camper truck were featured in Tiny Homes on the Move. Turns out that:

1. Foster’s treehouse is pretty close to Portland so I’m on my way there now to hang out and spend the night before flying home tomorrow.

2. Serendipitously, this article on him appeared in yesterdays NY Times (with great photos by Kyle Johnson):

https://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/07/style/escape-to-bro-topia.html?hpw&rref=fashion&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=well-region&region=bottom-well&WT.nav=bottom-well

Weather has been really hot. I’ve been swimming in the Willamette River every day. It turns out to be a pretty clean river, cool (maybe 65 degrees) in 85 degree air temp.

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Back From NYC, Off to Oregon Tomorrow

What a jet setter! Home 2 days and then on an airplane again. To the Mother Earth News Fair in Albany, Oregon (about an hour south of Portland). On Saturday, June 6, at 11:30 AM, I’m doing a presentation on Tiny Homes on the Move; and on Sunday, June 7, at 10:AM, “50 Years of Natural Building.” Both at the Renewable Energy Stage.

These Mother Earth News Fairs are great events. Good vibes. Lots of things I’m interested in. Chickens, sheep, gardening, farming, building, homesteading, cooking, renewable energy, to mention a few. They’re like super-size county fairs.

Info: https://www.motherearthnews.com/fair/oregon.aspx

I’m getting in 2 days early, and taking my skateboard. Renting a car and probably heading out to the coast and driving south. I’ll be looking for hills to skate and hunting for barns to photograph. Quite a different kind of trip than NYC.

As usual I have a ton of photos and notes from my NYC trip and will try to get some of it out before too long.

I have a big note next to my keyboard, “No appearances rest of 2015.” I’m going to take a break from publicity/marketing when I get back and get a bunch of things done at home, including homestead chores, crafts projects, more fishing—and getting going on layout of Small Homes, our next book.

Music del día: Phil Spector, 1961-1966. What a genius! (at that time of his life). Da Doo Ron Ron, Be My Baby, Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah…

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Sunny Morning, Made-from-scratch Buttermilk Pancakes, and "Look at This!"

I’m having pancakes and a strong latte at one of my 2 favorite breakfast places in the world*, Trink’s in Gualala, a sun-drenched town with a major river, on the northern California coast.

Not only is the food extraordinary, but there’s good-working wi-fi, copper-covered tables, and views of the blue (and this morning) windy Greatest of All Oceans out the windows.

I just gave one of our mini-books of Tiny Homes On The Move to a 5-year old sitting with his parents, and after a minute perusing the book, he yelled “Look at this!” and in a few minutes, “whoa-o-o.” We’ve gotta be doing something right if we are getting through to 5-year olds.

I’m up here visiting my friend Louie. Last night we roasted a wild goose and had it with a salad and Louie’s home-made zinfandel to the accompaniment of ’40s music on Sirius radio. Two old guys havin fun…

Below is a panorama of boats down at the Pt. Arena cove yesterday. It’s been too windy to go crabbing.

*(The other is Bette’s Diner in Berkeley.

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11 Photos of Nomadic Homes on Wheels in USA

“Gordon Hempton. Fort Warden, Washington 2012. ‘For my most important work and the best times of my life, I take the VW bus. The journey is not just about getting there. The trip starts now. Slow down and enjoy what’s going on immediately around you. I didn’t want to start my journey to success in life with the suspicions of others, so I ripped out the key and put in a push button starter. Just push that button and off you go. It begins with trust, it begins with happiness, and what you get back is joy.'”

Photo: Andrew Waits

https://www.hcn.org/articles/boondocks

Sent in by Anonymous

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A Few Great Days in Napa

Friday I did a slide show on Tiny Homes on the Move at the Napa Bookmine bookstore. A great bookstore, a wonderful crowd, all of us on the same page. Made me think of Sam Cooke saying to the audience on his “Live at Harlem Square” album, “I can see you’re with me tonight.”

Rapport has been wonderful lately. 45 years of doing these building books; there’s a thread through these books and people who’ve read them. A tribe of us interested in a certain kind of shelter, warm, inviting, full of life, the antithesis of the Dwell magazine aesthetic.

“…all rooms ought to look as if they were lived in, and to have, so to say, a friendly welcome for the incomer.”

-William Morris

And working with our own hands.

Shot a lot of photos of mostly small homes in Napa. After dinner, store owners Naomi and Eric and I and a bunch of their friends headed up into the hills and had a marvelous meal prepared by master chef (and carpenter and musician) Steve Hutchinson. Wine flowed, 2 of the guys worked for wineries, it was a real treat. After everyone left, Steve and I got in the hot tub, yes, with glasses of wine, yes a hot tub in Napa, snark away, Californians in their hot tubs, etc. It started to rain — hard — and here we were at 2200 feet on a mountain, in hot water in the pouring-down rain.

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Update on Lucas Sweeten's Schoolbus Home

Lucas’ bus was featured on pp. 70-71 of Tiny Homes on the Move. Here’s the latest:

April 3, 2015

Hey Hey there Lloyd, I wanted to give you an update on the bus. Also, I really appreciated you working with me for the timeline and putting my bus in your book.… So, for the update: I’ll attach a few pictures of the bus. Naturally it’s not finished. It most likely will never be, but as we know that is the joy of a custom mobile life.

Since the past pictures I’ve rebuilt most of the interior using wood I’ve cut, milled, stacked and dried (all done a few years back), or wood that I’ve salvaged. There’s a 400 watt solar system, 12v lighting, converted freezer to fridge (not in the pics), deck on top, pull behind trailer/porch, and concrete shower. The floors are plumbed with radiant heat pex tubing.  I have a thermal solar panel although it’s not installed yet. The grey water tank is in, and finally some curtains are being hung.

In just a few weeks I’ll be taking her on the true maiden voyage. Granted I’ll be driving back to where it was about 6 months ago but, I’ll be living in it this time for the foreseeable future. It will be a short stay in Kentucky before heading to Maine, which is my final destination. In Maine I’ll be attending a metalwork school for the rest of the year followed by a fine furniture making school. Thanks again and I hope you enjoy.

    Lucas Sweeten

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