S-A-N-T-A C-R-U-Z!

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:

2 Responses to S-A-N-T-A C-R-U-Z!

  1. Did you live there before the Loma Prieta Quake? Bookshop SC and the Cooper House were the mainstays on pacific Ave.. The scene is different now.. Still a nice area..

    Mike W


  2. Mike,
    I lived there in the '50s. During the Great Flood in December 1955, water was up over the parking meters on Pacific Avenue. My friend George Kovalenko and I put in with our surfboards up by the Pasatiempo Golf Course and went down the river to the rivermouth. Every bridge was washed out and cars and even houses were floating down the river. The cops were going to arrest us, but got diverted with other things.

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