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Your Computer Is Not Going to Build a House for You

This the last part of a 7-minute video titled “Shelter – A Video about author Lloyd Kahn” made by Jason Sussberg (shooting 35mm film!) in 2009, when I was 75. He shows Lesley and me doing stuff around the homestead.
Jason included a minute or so of me skateboarding, with the sound guy on his crew (a skater) skating behind me and alongside me with the heavy 35mm camera.

Then I sat on the curb (in front of my skateboard) talking about housing.

Sorry this is so blurry, Jason’s work is clear, we copied this from YouTube.

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Timber-Frame Gothic Style Church in New Zealand

Hi Lloyd,

Here’s another amazing wooden Gothic style church built in nine months by seven carpenters and a manager in 1866. Old St. Paul’s Wellington. The ceiling timbers are Kauri, a native New Zealand hardwood.

Kind regards,
Bill Choquette
Wellington

P.S.: Been posting infrequently lately due to overwhelming busyness, both personal and professional. Also now deeply into my next book, provisionally titled Live From California, a sort of autobiography, which includes a native Californian’s view of what went on in the ’60s.

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An Unusual Building in the North Woods

I built an unusual building for my Jungian Analyst and East Asian Medicine-MA partner, Laura, who had a vision. She saw a 5-sided first floor with a 6-sided second floor with a light tube or skylight through the middle. About 1600 sq. ft in all. It took me about three years to finish, and it is her offices: studio on second and meditation room on the third. Its secondary purpose is to bring geometric energies into the earth for healing of the planet. It is based on the number 11, the number of the Tao. Heaven above, earth below.

–James Ward

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Phil Jackson’s New Woodshop

Howdy Lloyd!

Thanks for your interest in my shop build.

Just wanted to thank you for the knowledge you shared in Shelter, specifically about typical spans for girders and joists. I didn’t grow up with any building experience, and your work really helped me wrap my head around my first structure, pictured below.

Dorothy Ainsworth, Larry Haun, Scott Wadsworth (from the Essential Craftsman), and a whole bunch of local knowledge filled in the rest.

My instagram @philjacksonphoto has a whole story highlighted about the build, too.

Thanks again, Lloyd!! Hope to cross paths some day

Best,
–Phil (Jackson)

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Home in the French Woods of Yogan, Emily, and Baby Orso

The works of our good friend Yogan have appeared in our last three building books. Right now I’m working on the story of his latest mobile home for our book Rolling Homes, and I ran across this photo of his present home in the woods.

This guy is prolific! See previous posts on his work, including his visit to California a few years back: www.lloydkahn.com/?s=yogan

His blog: yogan.over-blog.com

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