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Tiny House Workshop in Massachusetts by Deek Diedrickson and Bro

Deek is multi-facted in the tiny house field:
-Author of Humble Homes, Simple Shacks, Cozy Cottages, Ramshackle Retreats, Funky Forts: And Whatever the Heck Else We Could Squeeze in Here
-Proprietor of the Relaxshacks blog
-Featured in Tiny Homes (and the upcoming Tiny Homes On The Move)
-Creator of a ton of videos on tiny homes
Here's a workshop he's doing next month:
"HANDS-ON BUILDING AND DESIGNING- TINY HOUSE WORKSHOP #5 (with an emphasis on budget and recycled-material building)
November 15-16-17 Canton, MA
-Deek Diedrickson"
Click here.

Made My Day

The weather is beautiful here in the fall. Our best time of year. A lot of the nights are clear and dry, not too cold. Good for sleeping out under the stars. I was in San Francisco yesterday; Golden Gate Park was spectacular. They're getting ready for the (free) Not Strictly Bluegrass Festival this weekend. I looked at the lineup in SFWeekly, got excited by all the great groups, then realized that it's gotten too big for me. I used to park my truck out at Ocean Beach, and ride my bike over to the park, then ride around between the 5 stages. But the last time I did this, the whole thing was over-regulated. Can't ride your bike here, must cross street here, lots of people telling you what to do, where to go. Just too big (500,000 + people.) Like Burning Man. The downside of success. I'm skipping it.
   Anyway, coming up to Golden Gate Bridge on the way back home from the Presidio, past the parking lot, a 20-something-year-old guy on a rented bike with a kid in a seat behind him yelled out something to me as I turned left. I pulled over and he rode up and said. "Aren't you the guy who does the books on homes?" Turns out he was from British Columbia and he said they all loved the books. Small world.

Amish Cabin Company in Kentucky

"Shelter Publications,
 Hi, we love small well-built houses.  Actually, we love small well-built cabins to be specific.
   Our Amish-built cabins are built in a custom off-grid facility on a Kentucky Amish farm, approved as modular homes, built to international residential codes, and are delivered prebuilt and placed on permanent foundation, as deeded real estate with traditional 30 year mortgages available at around 5% annual rate currently. We're seeing monthly payments of about $225 per month on our prebuilt deluxe 14'x40' cabins with 2 lofts that add another approx. 300 sf of floor space. They include bathroom(s), kitchen, porch, all electrical and plumbing fixtures, exposed post and beam timber frame construction, exterior/interior doors and cabinetry built by Amish, with beautiful white pine from floor to ceiling including all doors/walls/cabinets. Energy efficient 3Ht insulation with energy star rated insulated double pane windows. Heat/air option available, as well as 2 off-grid solar power options.

Logarithmic Spirals From the Garden

For lunch today.
"…Romanesco broccoli resembles a cauliflower, but is of a light green colour…with the branched meristems making a logarithmic spiral. In this sense the broccoli's shape approximates a natural fractal; each bud is composed of a series of smaller buds, all arranged in yet another logarithmic spiral. This self-similar pattern continues at several smaller levels. The vegetable is rich in vitamin C, vitamin K, dietary fiber and carotenoids.…The number of spirals on the head of Romanesco broccoli is a Fibonacci number.…"

This Girl/The Punch Brothers

This Girl by Punch Brothers on Grooveshark

Domes - Hostel in the Forest - Chris McClellan

"Hey Lloyd…My wife and I went on a road trip last month to celebrate our 20th anniversary. We found this place called the Hostel in the Forest on the coast in Georgia with a couple cedar shake domes and a bunch of treehouses you can stay in with dinner for $35 per night plus a clothing optional warm lake and cold spring fed pool in the forest. The shower house has 2 walls facing the path so you walk in and your private shower stall is the rest of the forest. It reminds me of a cross between Bill Castle's place and Breitenbush hot spring.…"
-Chris McClellan

War and Peace, Wolf and Wolf

Article in Sunday New York Times, "Are We Hard-Wired for War?" By DAVID P. BARASH September 28, 2013
…concluded with:
"…There is a story, believed to be of Cherokee origin, in which a girl is troubled by a recurring dream in which two wolves fight viciously. Seeking an explanation, she goes to her grandfather, highly regarded for his wisdom, who explains that there are two forces within each of us, struggling for supremacy, one embodying peace and the other, war. At this, the girl is even more distressed, and asks her grandfather who wins. His answer: 'The one you feed.'”

Two from Mike W Today

Note: the first one is on slaughtering animals and is shocking. Whew! - LK

"I missed this one from 2012…one of the producers and same vein of/as Baraka from the 1990's...
Review from Spirituality and Practice site.
   'Experiencing Samsara, we are challenged to leave behind our passive and isolated role of spectators and to step into the incredible energy streams of the wheel of life. For each of us, in our own way, is caught up in the cycles of life, death, and rebirth. And our journeys are connected to those of the people on the screen: we are rich and poor, happy and sad, hurried and at peace, open to change and locked in service to authoritarian leaders, filled with lust and dutifully spinning prayer wheels, searching for security and coming to terms with impermanence. Samsara shows us in no uncertain terms that the movements of creation and dissolution never stop.'
(The full movie SAMSARA is on Youtube.)
Mike W"
"Original alert from an old relax shacks blog post…
Located more info on the Dell Social Innovation Challenge site
'A human-powered washer and spin dryer to increase the efficiency and improve the experience of washing clothes by hand. More comfortable and saves the six hours it take to hand-wash clothes.'
GiraDora - Safe Agua
Mike W"

Real Adventures: Alastair Humphreys

Sirveyor has left a new comment on your post "On Foot Yesterday From Bolinas to San Francisco:

"Lloyd, look at Alastair Humphreys' blog, he advocate's Micro Adventures such as you have just completed."

I listed Alastair last year, but it was great to be reminded. My adventures are pale shadows of what this guy does.

Fine Woodworking Tools

Fine woodworking hand tools, some manufactured in Brooklyn.
"While plain and unassuming, these regular finish chisels are made of the finest white steel, welded to soft steel using Nishiki's unique method of stretching and consolidation of the steel, for an exceptionally long-lasting edge. The handles are of red oak, with hand-forged black hoops.…"

Click here.
From Jon Kalish

Creative Ways To Stack Firewood

Click here for 16 other photos.

From Pepe Alvarez