26-Year Old UK Carpenter Inspired by Shelter


I have just completed a structure that has greatly been inspired by the books you produce. I am a 26 year old carpenter/ designer from the UK and work using traditional techniques and local sustainable materials.

   I just thought I would share my creation with you, the Peach House was commissioned by a member of the Royal family and I was given free reign with the design and build, which was a very rare but amazing experience.

   My best friend Ben Collyns does the thatching, we work together so he helps with the carpentry and I labour on the thatching. We use water reed and combed wheat, the water reed is hand cut!

   More of my designs and creations can be seen on my website www.jonnybriggsjoinery.co.uk.

   I could not have achieved a structure that I am proud of without Shelter and Shelter 2, and Builders of the Pacific Coast. They gave me the confidence to experiment, not be tied by conformity and to think.

  Thank You,

  Jonny Briggs”

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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