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It took me 4-5 days to screw my head back on and tune back into California time. Yesterday I went to my yoga class for the first time in a month. The teacher, Ellen Serber in Pt. Reyes Station is extraordinary, and 1-1/2-hour session proved to be perfect, i.e. on the way home I passed a tree crew cutting down an oak tree. They had cut the log up into 2′ sections and left them by the side of the road. I raced home, grabbed a maul and 3 wedges, took out the camper stuff in the bed of my truck and went back. Some of the sections I could just load, but others had to be split. As I was working (it was raining), I thought “I know how to do this.” Splitting wood is a skill I’ve developed over the years. This wood was pretty gnarly, since the tree had grown almost horizontally, so I split what I could and took two loads home. What a score, maybe half a cord of the best firewood! Doing the yoga beforehand probably saved me from screwing up my back. It’s great to get a workout while getting something practical accomplished.

About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

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