Lloyd’s “Half Acre Homestead” Talk at Maker Faire This Weekend

Two years ago I did a “1/4 acre homestead” talk at the Maker Faire at the San Mateo County (Calif.) Event Center). This time around, I have a lot more material, plus URLs on all the tools I’m going to show. I’ll be doing a presentation on the Maker Faire Stage, at 2 PM on Saturday, May 18th, and at 2 PM Sunday, May 19th. Information on the Faire: https://makerfaire.com/.  Reviews of the Faire: https://www.yelp.com/biz/maker-faire-san-mateo.

I’ll be showing slides of our homestead, and the various tools we use around here in the kitchen, garden, and shop — from 40+ years’ experience. I’ve picked the tools I think are unique and maybe not so well known, and left off all the ones that I think people may already know about. We’ve posted the URLs on our website here: https://www.shelterpub.com/_homestead/tools.html and I’ll be passing out cards with a QR code so people in the audience so they can check out any of these tools when they get home. I’ll also have copies of our Tiny Homes mini book (2″ x 2″) to give out.

Lew and Evan will be manning a booth (#4925) in the Expo Hall. This is the largest hall, and our booth is at the back. We’ll be showing the process we use in producing books, including the first draft layout pages done with scissors and scotch tape. We’ll also be selling copies of our building books, and giving away mini books.

Photo: draining dish rack in our kitchen built (20 years ago) by Lew Lewandowski

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:

8 Responses to Lloyd’s “Half Acre Homestead” Talk at Maker Faire This Weekend

  1. sigh….Lloyd, your generosity is too much..

    i truly believe that if you collected up all of above,put it on a video together with your presentation, it would SELL..

    sigh…having said that all… i will be tickled to peruse….

    Thank You..

  2. PLEASE tell me you are getting income off of those links "posted the URLs on our website here"???? PLEASE

    i have started looking the links over, and they are GREAT

    Thank YOU

  3. You're URL on tools? A number of people monetize with selling, by drop shipping, so no need to store them, of things they use a lot. Readers of blogs are interested in those things and often want to own them, so why shouldn't you make some cash off of our interest and willingness to buy those things? How does it work? There's a ton of info online… 😉

  4. Every time I get a peek at your house I'm impressed. You got that sweet spot between function, form and soul. Also if you had a PayPal donate button I would have dropped a couple of bucks for those links. Pure gold.



  5. As long-time Shelter fans from WAAY back, we are still inspired by and are always appreciative of the work you continue to do. Thanks for evolving, staying positive, and sharing.

  6. This talk was by far one of the best investments of our time at the Maker Faire! My partner and I thoroughly enjoyed the presentation — it was entirely relevant, efficient, and inspiring. Thank you for sharing, we look forward to supporting Shelter Publications, and kickstarting our homesteading in a serious way with your many suggestions. Thanks for all you do!

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