Norma’s Floating Store in British Columbia

Built by Bruno Atkey in Tofino, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada, in the ’70s, and towed 26 miles to Hot Springs Cove, where Norma Bailey ran a “…great floating store selling emergency supplies, esoteric items, and Wild Coast history books,” according to Godfrey Stephens, who just sent this photo.

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:

10 Responses to Norma’s Floating Store in British Columbia

  1. Unfortunately Norma has passed on and so have the days of the Wreckage. The days of spinning wool and sitting around the wonderful cast iron coffeepot airtight, sipping tea or red wine and the stories that flowed are all memories now. She was a dear friend and to all the hippies and the fishermen/women, the carvers, the crafters, the musicians and the artists, and the wood butchers all. We all have wonderful stories of our Ma Bailey.

  2. Bless her lovin' heart! She taught me to dye & spin wool!! A most generous kind elder she was !!!
    Danielle Power

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