Veiko Lasting—Builder in Estonia

We had a rather large network of builders, gardeners, and practitioners of the home arts in the ’70s after we published Shelter. We lost track of most of these people in subsequent years, partly because had a 20-year interlude publishing fitness books, partly because the Whole Earth network faded away. Now that we’re back in the home building field, we’re assembling a (now online) community of like-minded folks. We have a huge amount of stuff for another general book on building (HomeWork 2) somewhere down the line. Here’s an email we just got from Estonia; it’s great to be hearing from simpatico people all over the world.

Dear Mr. Lloyd Khan,

My name is Veiko Lasting and I’m from country Estonia. Some years ago I saw one book HomeWork – and now in this spring I ordered it also to myself and soon also Builders of the Pacific Coast and Shelter.

Your books are very inspiering. after my friend Indrek saw how John Welles (HomeWork pg.25) was moving the house solo he started to build sauna also solo 🙂 picture of it added.

I made myself nice cosy apartment, in the middle of Tallinn near old city, to the basement of one old wooden house…

Best regards


some of my handworks:

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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