San Francisco with Jack on a sunny Friday afternoon

My good friend Jack Fulton is a photographer who paints with a camera. We’ve taken a lot of road trips together, including a 2-week sojourn to New Mexico in 1972 shooting a lot of the photos that appeared in Shelter. Wherever we go, we’re both out shooting photos. Jack is constantly scanning the world. It’s inspiring for me.

Friday we went into San Francisco early and wandered around in the late-afternoon sun-drenched beach neighborhood around the 4000 block of Judah. This small village includes Mollusk Surf Shop at 4500 Irving, Outerlands restaurant (fresh-baked bread, hip-beach-driftwood atmosphere, open for lunch and dinner), a block over on Irving, and Trouble Coffee a few doors down, my dream coffee shop, small, cozy, healthy vibes.

Photo by Jack Fulton of Julia and me in Trouble Coffee

Next door, the newly-opened General Store, where, in the back yard, was this perfect little greenhouse (below).  I fall in love with a building now and then, and this was one of those. Proportion, placement, used materials, it all comes together. Built by Jesse Schlesinger.

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:

One Response to San Francisco with Jack on a sunny Friday afternoon

  1. Hey Lloyd,

    Thanks for posting an assortment of interesting and inspiring perspectives.

    I dig the little green house too:-)

    I worked as a carpenter for a number of years in New Mexico, Washington, and SE Alaska. When I stumbled upon Homework it was a gold mine of inspirations and ideas.

    Since then I've become a middle school teacher in East Oakland and your three books have been a refuge from the hostility and stress of city living for me. I love how so many people for years have been following their instincts and have created honest original spaces.

    Thanks for keeping it real and appreciating the goodness that exists. If you ever need a summer intern at Shelter let me know.


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