Thursday Morning Fish Fry

I came in to SFO along the coast at 6:30 this morning, listening to Otis and Carla in their King and Queen masterpiece album, incl. “Tramp” … ”you straight from the Georgia woods … ” Across the foggy Golden Gate Bridge into the city, my city. Since Cafe Roma closed, I’ve been going to Blue Bottle coffee on Fillmore, just the absolute best coffee (and pastries) anywhere … The clientele here upscale, a lot of techies, a lot of tall, slim customers, three 15-year old girls in school uniforms (v. short dresses), obviously going to Miss Burke’s or other $20K per year private school, looking smug and prosperous … I’m in the three-dot Herb Caen journalism mode this morning … next week I’m going for a 3-4 day backpack trip on The “Lost Coast,” a Northern California coastal area sans roads … I recently published a small book, Driftwood Shacks , but it was with a digital printing (inkjet) process), and I’m not really happy with the way it looks … so I’m thinking of expanding it from 82 to maybe 128 pages, and printing on a real Heidelberg press in Hong Kong. I’m taking this trip in search of more beach shack photos…

But the BIG NEWS with me in my unplanned, unscripted progress through life is the book I’ve been working on: Homemade/Handmade: The Half-Acre Homestead. (any comments on shortening title?) … I started out looking over 18 years of digital photos around our place here, and got progressively excited … the idea is to show people what we’ve learned in 40+ years of building and gardening and avoiding a mortgage or paying rent … I started putting the photos in folders such as: The Home, The Kitchen, Kitchen Utensils, The Garden, Greenhouses, Solar Electricity, Butterflies, Food, Foraging, Fishing, The Shop, Shop Tools, Maintenance … When I finished and had hundreds of photos I got a jolt of excitement … when I go out and interview and shoot photos of builders, I’m around for a few hours or a few days, but here I’ve been running out in the garden to photograph birds, rainbows, the buildings, the garden for decades … I’ve got some — ahem — beautiful photos. I’m stoked! It’s going to be 8½″ by 8½″, a completely different size and design from our 7 building books … right now I’m wrestling with how to do URLs for the tools and utensils … maybe first the actual manufacturer, then the Amazon link … let people make a choice … what’s really got me excited are some rough pages I’ve mocked up; I’ll post them when I get back home…. Now I’m going swimming in the bay, taking a sauna, getting an Irish Coffee, and then proceeding with my day in the city … you can take the boy out of the city … which happened to me at age 17, but…

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 Thursday Morning Fish Fry

  1. I suggest "Handmade: The Half-Acre Homestead. Incidentally, I am a faithful reader. I currently have several of your books and as the budget allows will buy more. My first Lloyd Kahn book was Domebook 2 (47 years ago)which I loaned out and was never returned.

  2. Really looking forward to this book!

    2nd vote for 'The Handmade Homestead'.

    But why do you want to put Amazon links in? Strikes me their ethics (or lack of) and yours are pretty much at opposite ends from each other, no? Or have I missed something?

  3. Lloyd. It'a YOUR homestead it's it? It is the one you have decades been building. I'd think the title should be more, much more personal. Like "The Evolution of Lloyd Kahn's Homestead" or such.

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