Pickle Barrel House in Minnesota

“Lloyd, howdy;

I mailed you before about my friend George, who is restoring the Pickle Barrel House in Grand Marais, MI. It was built by the artist beyond a popular comic strip in Chicago around the turn of the (other) century. In it, the characters lived in pickle barrels. He built the house on their vacation property in the upper peninsula of MI as a surprise for his wife.

The restoration proceeds…up in Grand Marais (think: Alaska; not too far off culturally and otherwise)

Working 7 day/week, with a few brief trips back to work on a boat.

-Joshua Marker”

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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