Cover of Builders Book Off to Printers on Day of Great Good Fortune!

Cover finished at last minute


We did — no kidding — 37 versions of the cover before we got it right. Paring over 1000 photos down to 6 for the cover has been maddeningly difficult. I’m thrilled with this.

We only got the back cover finished 2 days ago. Seat-of-the-pants last-minute publishing. Going off electronically to the printers today, 8-08-08 — the day of Great Good Fortune.

I’m embarrassed to have taken so long and to have been so overdue with this book, but I think the results are worth it. It will be in bookstores by late October. The farm is being bet on this one.

SolFest Solar Energy Festival Aug. 16-17th

I’m heading up to Mendocino county early Wed morning for some post-production R&R, leaving before dawn, to hang out with my friend Louie, swim in the river, and skateboard on a long downhill with little traffic. Then on Friday over the mountains to Hopland, headquarters of Real Goods, for the annual SolFest gathering. We’ll have a booth and be selling books. The festival is a great event: lesser-polluting sources of energy, natural building materials, lots of good food, good music, good vibes. It’s a rendezvous with old friends, for one thing. I look forward to it each year. The weather is warm and I’ve got a secret spot staked out on the banks of the Russian River to sleep at night.

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:

3 Responses to Cover of Builders Book Off to Printers on Day of Great Good Fortune!

  1. Lloyd Kahn, Ive been reading your handbuilt shelter again, do you have any more info/leads on the carbonari at Ely, Nevada? Also, you should come to Canada, Port Hope, during our thanksgiving, for the Dry Stone Wall Festival, we are erecting a drystone beehive hut, no mortar all corbelled stone! Check it out.

    Evan Oxland

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