Shelter at The Maker Faire

The Maker Faire was just great. I’d never think that something so nerd-oriented would appeal to me, but  there was soul in addition to all the robots and tech wizardry. We had a booth in the “Homegrown Village” section and sold more books than we have at any event ever. The booth, designed by Lew Lewandowski and manned by Lew and my son Evan, was mobbed the entire 2 days, most of the interest being in our Tiny Homes book.


My talks on “The Half-Acre Homestead” went well; maybe 125 kindred spirits in the audience each day.

   There was a great variety of homemade objects of all sorts, robots walking or rolling around, steampunk creations, the food was really good, there was music of all types, there were tons of kids, skateboarders, bicycles, wheeled contraptions of every sort. An inventor’s paradise, a chance to show off whatever brilliant or wacky idea they’d dreamed up.

   I went to two presentations, one on making sauerkraut and another (with a packed audience) on butchering a lamb, both very informative and useful.

Here’s an example of the real spirit of the Maker Faire: a young guy made this boat from a single sheet of 1/4 inch plywood and was displaying it along with a small poster describing the construction process; he’d also made several paddles.

This food vendor was selling paella, which was cooked in these huge homemade vats. There were 4 to 5 of them.

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:

4 Responses to Shelter at The Maker Faire

  1. Tiffany,
    No, will be in NYC. I'm doing same talk at Mother Earth News Fair in Puyallup, Washington June 1st. The tools (+ URLs) are all listed at

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