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Heritage Salvage TV Show Pilot Airs Sunday April 9th, 2017, at 8PM PST

This is a pilot for a series of shows on DIY TV by Michael “Bug” Deakin and his crew of recyclers from Heritage Salvage in Petaluma, California.

Bug says: “All across America, century-old structures are falling down and forgotten — but I believe these buildings deserve a second chance.”

Here’s a 40-second sneak preview of the pilot, which airs this Sunday:

Also, if you’re ever in Petaluma, stop by Heritage at 1473 Petaluma Blvd.. They have 300,000 board feet of used lumber, a ton of table-top slabs cut from large trees, some beautiful wide t&g flooring milled from windfall Maple trees, etc. Check their stock out at: https://heritagesalvage.com

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Cool Tools- My Favorite Website

As I’ve said before, this is the 21st century online Whole Earth Catalog. Same M.O.: People like us writing reviews of cool stuff for other people like us. It’s embarrassing how many things I’ve obtained after reading about them here. These aren’t frivolous purchases; all the stuff is useful to me, stuff I’d never have known about otherwise.

I must point out I have a massive conflict of interest here. I’ve written a lot of CT reviews, and these guys are good friends.

That said, I periodically want to turn people onto this rich source of ad-free advice. It’s just madly useful. Take a look: https://kk.org/cooltools

Write a review and they’ll send you an email of new tools weekly.

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Will, Lloyd and the Rainbow Girls

I went to see the Rainbow Girls Friday night and thought they were fantastic. Great vocal harmonies, and they all kept switching instruments. After they finished, my son Will (a drummer) and I were talking to them outside the bar and Will mentioned that I had published Tiny Homes and one of them screamed, “Oh I love that book!” Pretty soon we were hanging out with all 4 of them. They all knew at least one of our books.

Check them out:

People in Oregon: they’ll be there August 26th-30th: https://www.rainbowgirlsmusic.com/

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An Ode to Mount Tamalpais

It may be only a few thousand feet high, but nevertheless, it’s a magic mountain.  With its redwoods, meadows, creeks, waterfalls, trails, animals, birds, endless vistas and hundreds of miles of trails, there are lots of us Bay Area residents who love it insanely.

“Hello Lloyd!  You’ve enjoyed my past films about Mt. Tamalpais and when recently we finished making this short film, I thought you’d appreciate this one quite a bit.  It’s about one person’s offering to a mountaintop that had been removed by the military during the Cold War… an offering for its healing.

So… I thought you’d be interested in seeing this 8-minute film “Mountains Made of Chalk, Fall into the Sea, Eventually.”

https://vimeo.com/119016971

The synergy of creative collaboration can result in magic beyond our imagining.  Witnessing Genna Panzarella paint this 8×10′ mural of Mt. Tamalpais as it was when it was whole, literally inside of what used to be the mountaintop, is akin to stealing a peek through the kimono of mystery… the misty mystery of impermanence.

The project bears a great resemblance to the process of making a Tibetan Buddhist sand painting (and then blowing it away).…

-gary yost

https://www.garyyost.com

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Rockaway Taco, A Selby Film

The real thing! Surfers, beekeepers, East Coast seaside tacos, fresh baked bread, cops, firefighters, skateboarders, waves. Trust me. Watch it.

Better than clicking on below, get the bigger screen at Vimeo direct: https://vimeo.com/15293107

Rockaway Taco, A Selby Film from the selby on Vimeo.

There’s a lot of great stuff byTodd Selby at: https://www.theselby.com

“Todd Selby is a portrait, interiors, and fashion photographer and illustrator. His project The Selby offers an insider’s view of creative individuals in their personal spaces with an artist’s eye for detail. The Selby began in June 2008 as a website, where Todd posted photo shoots he did of his friends in their homes. Requests quickly began coming in daily from viewers all over the world who wanted their homes to be featured on the site. The Selby’s website became so popular—with up to 55,000 unique visitors daily—that within months, top companies from around the world began asking to collaborate.…”

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Our home on CBS Sunday Morning show, May 23, 2010

I was contacted a week before I left for NYC about being part of a story on the CBS Morning Show, which airs Sunday mornings at 9 PM eastern time. The particular segment was to be titled “America’s Dream Homes.” When I heard it included the Hearst Castle, and a multi-million dollar home in Big Sur, I had my trepidations. When the reporter and photographer got here, they seemed pretty savvy, and I told them, “This is a home built out of used lumber and windows from chicken coops, it’s pretty different from these other places you’re covering.” They said no, this was another aspect of “dream homes,” so we walked around the homestead. I showed them the outdoor solar shower, our chicken flock, the compost bins, and inside our house, and they seemed to get it.

I thought it would end up on the cutting room floor, but lo and behold, our handbuilt homestead made an appearance. Here’s the piece:

https://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=6541104n&tag=cbsnewsVideoArea.0

The segment concluded with a poem:

Be it ever so grand (shot of multi-million dollar cliffside home in Big Sur),

Or ever so humble (shot of house built out of corrugated steel grain silos),

Home is where dreams live (shot looking in gate at our home).

What do you know?

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