Incredible first day at Book Fair

Kind of a miracle: I really fucked up my shoulder yesterday, couldn’t sleep because of pain, was stressing over having 3 full days and 19 appointments, how am I even gonna get thru the first day, etc. No ice, so applied cold bottle of soda, took advil, tried to breathe into the injury,thought about my Mom and her Christian Science (lived to 103, never had a doctor) and how she healed herself and us again and again “…by holding the right thought” and lo and behold dawn broke and I was OK and I went off and had an exciting and wonderful day in the world of books, within which The Frankfurt Buchmesse is the Super Bowl, World Cup and Big Kahuna.

People loved the Tiny Homes book. Just loved it. People that had time went thru the entire book, every page. It feels like we’ve connected here. Today: meetings with publishers, editors or distributors from Canada, Poland, UK, Germany, South Africa, Australia. There’s a buzz. Same reaction. (I’m so proud of the people in this book!) Everyone gets it. Haven’t had this feeling since 1973 when we were putting together Shelter and hit the wave of counterculture building. This time it’s a wave of doing for oneself (once again), and scaling back.

Lots to tell, including some stunning antique books I saw today (one was 38,000 Euros!), will try to catch up on the weekend.

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:

9 Responses to Incredible first day at Book Fair

  1. Not a surprise that its being well received. I love it and haven't seen it yet. Hope your shoulder lets you see a little more. Also, thanks for posting that carpentry bar, I want to go go to Europe now just to see that! You are right about the bowsaw being magical, you should check out Tools for Working Wood if you are in NYC sometime, they make a reproduction bowsaw for 150 bucks.

  2. I am so excited to get my hands on that Tiny Homes book. Sometimes I really wish I had been around back when Shelter was causing such a stir — I love reading my first edition and imagining what ideas and dreams it sparked for everybody who read it.

    Hope your shoulder lets you sleep soon. Thanks for all your hard work!

    ~ Isaac

  3. I am anticipating your lovely book as its about my favorite thing 🙂 I love my tiny house but at 850 sq ft it's probably larger than most in your book?

    Please take it easy with your shoulder, my son had shoulder surgery Friday with what was to be simple fix on the rotator from a motorcycle accident last year and it turned into a three hour major repair of muscle and of his bicep. Oh, and they found a broken bone floating around in there too! Thanks to state comp fund for taking their time and not allowing the proper MRIs so this could be known sooner.
    Sorry to digress :-/

  4. hang in there lloyd! thanks for sharing about your shoulder. have fun in germany. i agree with your post about europe….america…what a bunch of nuts!

  5. i must not be the only one who's curious…how long til the tiny house book is available? i'm starting to build mine next week and i could use some good ideas.

  6. Right on Lloyd! Your bringing power to the people once again and it's a ball to be going along for the ride, watching the big wave forming – A Tiny House Tsunami is about to hit.

  7. an effective old remedy for haematoma : arnica ointment (botanic Latin name : arnica montana). It doesn't heat but ease the pain.

  8. I can't wait to get my hands on a copy of the Tiny House Book. My partner Ana and I pour over your Shelter books as inspiration for our build. February is such a long way off…

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