Builders of the Pacific Coast

We’ve got 110 pages done on our new book. Here’s a late article that will go into the book:

“I went through the 4-year carpentry apprenticeship here in Canada (the only female in a class of 80 guys), then worked in the trade for some years but got disgusted with the industry (and clients) and what I was asked to put on the planet so I got out of it. Now the money’s tight but my heart’s clear…

I know I’ll never have the money to buy a piece of land so a friend of mine suggested I build myself a house on wheels, seeing as plenty of folks own large tracts and feel a lot more inclined to share if no foundations get put down. As soon as I started working on the caravan, offers began to come forth for places to park it. I’m glad I did it, it’s really a special feeling to have a roof of one’s own. I stripped a five-ton truck to the chassis and basically built a small 8’x20′ cabin on it. I had a hitch welded on to it at the front. A tractor, pick-up truck or small cat can move it, depending on terrain. We did it twice and none of the windows broke. She’s my baby!

Solange Desormeaux, Salt Spring Island B.C., Canada

….and don’t worry about me spreading the word: You guys have been my heroes for 20 years, and ‘still the same after all these years….’

Thank you for all you do, we need it!!!!”

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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