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Inspired by Shelter in 1973

Hi Lloyd,

On first looking into your Shelter book in 1973, my fate was sealed. Since then, I have made my own ceramic tile, been a tile setter for 35 years, and am a serial remodeler and builder of tiny houses. Pictured here with my original Shelter book. I recently came upon your Tiny Homes: Simple Shelter, and have been inspired anew. Rage on!

Sincerely,

Fred Ross

San Anselmo, CA

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Photos of French Carpenters’ West Coast Trip

We are running photos of our French carpenter friends Menthe and Yogan documenting the trip they took this summer along the Northern Pacific Coast, exchanging their carpentry skills for room and board.

This is a tiny home they built in 10 days on an old Dodge flatbed truck in Humboldt County, California.

We are posting one of their projects each day for a week here: https://www.theshelterblog.com/

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The Steen Family’s Latest Straw Bale Building Project

Bill and Athena Steen, the strawbale/earthen plaster maestro/maestra team from Arizona are helping build this home, which will be featured in our new book, Small Homes.

Bill writes: “Interior adobe wall in a clay plastered straw bale house we are helping our boys build in Sonoita, AZ.”

(Bill shoots pretty much all his photos with an iPhone, has been doing it for a few years. I’ve finally come around to doing this. Both of us still use the big cameras (him a Nikon, me an Olympus OM-D) for serious shoots, but the iPhone for every day shots. The new iPhone 6S has a super new camera.)

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Why I’m a Publisher — 3 Minute LK Interview By Yuichi Takeuchi

Last April, I was visited by Yuichi Takeuchi, an artist, carpenter and treehouse builder from Japan.

Yuichi said he’d been heavily inspired by our book Shelter. He was making a movie called Simplife and wanted to interview me.

Here’s the result, 3 minutes long. In the last part, I say, “I like to tell people what I see going on in the world…” Yeah!

I’ve had a lot of Japanese people come here — media, builders, artists, publishers —  in recent years and they’ve all been wonderful — kindred spirits of the Pacific Ocean.

Yuichi’s website and on Flickr:

https://www.treeheads.com/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/treeheads/sets/

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French Carpenters Stop by Shelter On Their Way Home

Yogan and Menthé, carpenters from France, who have been featured in out last two books, stopped by here yesterday on their way home. They have spent the last 3 months hitchhiking and working on the west coast (Northern California up to Orcas Island). Kindred spirits, these two have had a wonderful time, working with a variety of people, trading work for room and board.

We’ll be posting photos of their projects in the near future.

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Yogan Carpenter Meets SunRay Kelley

French carpenter Yogan and his friend Menthe have made their way up the coast to SunRay Kelley’s compound in Washington and say:

“SunRay make a new crazy project , we work with him, very cool…”

Above: Yogan’s photo of SunRay’s solar/bio=fuel powered diesel truck

More on Yogan’s trip: https://yogan.over-blog.com/

Yogan started his trip here a month ago; read about it here: https://www.lloydkahn.com/2015/09/04/yogan-carpenters-pacific-coast-journey_4/

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Malawi Vernacular Architecture — 4700 Photos!


Thanks to E. Johansson for this wonderful website.

“I am a registered architect with a passion for African vernacular architecture. I wish to connect with others with similar interests to preserve African vernacular architecture before it vanishes. The overall goal is a database, which currently does not exist online for most African countries.”

 

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https://www.malawiarchitecture.com/#!homes/csc8

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Yogan Carpenter’s Pacific Coast Journey, Fall, 2015

Yogan came to California from France and is exploring (and working wherever he stays) along the Pacific west coast this fall. I  dropped him off in Pt. Arena (Calif.) 2 weeks ago and as he makes his way northward, he is shooting photos and posting them on his blog:

https://yogan.over-blog.com/

His website: https://www.yogancharpentier.com/

This photo from The Salmon Creek Farm in Mendocino County

He’s now heading up to visit SunRay Kelley in Washington.

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