Shelter’s First Five Books

Last week, Kyle Theirmann, surfer, skater, journalist, and pal of Chris Ryan’s came here to do a podcast of me talking about the ’60s, about which he is doing a book based on the fact that a lot of millennials (he’s 32) are aware that something happened then, but don’t know exactly what.

To start out, I gave him a thumbnail description of our first books, and I got him to shoot this video on my camera.


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:

6 Responses to Shelter’s First Five Books

  1. Lloyd,
    Sorry to hear about the passing of two of your good friends recently. I’ve spent some time on Hornby Island, and met Lloyd Hiouse. Saw his beautiful communal sauna, before it burned down. It was HUGE, and spoke of Lloyd’s creativity and carpentry skills. If memory serves, most of the wood was scrounged driftwood. The locals would fire it up on Sundays, and anyone on the island was welcome to come sweat with friends and strangers. I was never there on a Sunday, darn it.
    Coincidentally, I just ordered 2 copies of Builders of the Pacific Coast, one for me , one for a friend. It’s my favorite of all your EXCELLENT books !

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