Louie Frazier, 93, on His 500-foot Zip Line Across the Garcia River


This is how Louie gets to his house across the river in the winter time in Mendocino county.

This was last Monday night when Louie, me and Foster Huntington zipped across the river to have a wild duck dinner with homemade red wine.

Louie has been using this contraption for over 50 years now. The seat is a bosun’s chair, and there’s a wooden brake to slow you down if necessary when coming on for the landing.

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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 Louie Frazier, 93, on His 500-foot Zip Line Across the Garcia River

  1. Donna- Several of the videos wouldn’t work for me either.
    Keep fiddlin’ and you may get luck like me and get it to play….

    PS This whole blog is solid gold.

  2. I just stumbled across these pictures! Amazing Louie you are truly the most talented craftsmen I know, I am so blessed to have been a part of your life! I look forward to the day I come home to the Land.
    By chance do you have pictures of the old cable car, you know the one, thanks for all your inspiration I love you … Nika Wissel

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