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Southern Spring Home & Garden Show, Episode #2

I brought along 1,000 of our mini (2" x 2") Tiny Homes book and we've already given away 3/4 of them. The kids are crazy about them. (We just had a big bump in sales (of the real size book) due to the NYTimes article on Tiny Homes on Friday.)

Southern Spring Home & Garden Show, Episode #1

Deek Diedrickson and I are here in Charlotte, North Carolina to talk to people about tiny homes. Deek is the affable host of Relaxshacks, also the maker of over 100 YouTube videos, and author of Humble Homes,  Simple Shacks, Cozy Cottages…Deek desiged a tiny home for the show and it was supposed to he ready when we got here. Surprise! It wasn't, and we've been working on it the last few days. Had to scrounge up tools, fasteners, polypropylene sheets. Borrowed a ladder from the Little Giant Ladder Company (fantastic ladders -- see here -- and have been running back and forth to the service room to cut plywood.
  Here we are this morning. More posts to follow. This is great town and this is a great show.

Axes Ziggy Loves

"I spend perhaps an inordinate amount of time looking at images of axes. There’s just something about them. I think that axes will never go out of fashion, nor will they cease to be useful in their multitude of functions. Over the hundreds of thousands of years they have been in use by humankind, any number of styles, shapes, and sizes have been made to perform a variety of splitting, chopping, and shaping work. It’s the sheer variety, and the craftsmanship that I am most attracted to, I think. Of course I love using them, too, probably more than any other hand tool.
To celebrate the axe and the people who continue to make them, here is a selection of 26 modern day (steel) axes made by a variety of craftspeople that are beautiful, functional, and swoon-worthy.…"  
Click here.
From Cheryl Long, Editor, The Mother Earth News
See also "Ziggy's Cob Cottage," pp.110-113, Tiny Homes: Simple Shelter

How to build a Timber Frame Sauna

"Just ran across this video. Some pretty amazing joinery here. No idea where this is..."
Mackey Smith, Pure Salvage

I turn off the music on a lot of YouTube videos; often it's just distracting.

Tiny Home Village For Homeless in Olympia, Washington

I'm on an airplane on my way to the Southern Spring and Garden Show in Charlotte, NC ($10 for one hour of Wi-fi -- harumph!) -- and just read this large article in today's NY Times, where our book Tiny Homes is called "…a dream book…the scale is humble, but the architectural detail is rich…" by writer Michael Tortorello.
Looks like you cannot access this unless you are subsribedto the NY Times.

Julie's Tiny Home

"Julie Olson needed a traveling home for her mobile dog training business. With no architecture training, she drew up plans for exactly what she needed and sent them to Jason Dietz of Molecule Tiny Homes Over a couple of months he built her home to her specifications: a fold-out porch, storage stairs, 2 lofts (1 for sleeping, 1 for storage or 2 sleeping quarters), a slim closet, and a bathroom with tub, composting toilet, tiny sink and escape window/door for viewing nature.” – Kirsten (Dirksen)"
Click here.

He CallsThat Religion - Maria Muldaur

He Calls That Religion by Maria Muldaur on Grooveshark

Album art by Neil Osborne

Pipeline Winter 2013

Pipeline Winter 2013 from Eric Sterman on Vimeo.

Found this on this great surfers' blog: http://wavetribecompany.com/

Ruby Throated Hummingbird

Hummingbirds get into the office or studio from time to time, and I trap them in my hands, then go outside and open my hands. They sit there for a second, then realize they're free, and take off like a miniature helicopter. This one must have got into the  studio when no one was around, and we found it dead. They are so small that they mummify, with no smell.

The Subtle and the Not-So-Subtle Sky Tonight

WikiHouses: Frames Cut Out of Plywood With 3D Software

Good things come in small packages. Lacy Williams, an architecture student, and her boyfriend, Patrick Beseda, built a WikiHouse to live in during a field project in Utah

From: Jon Kalish
Subject: DIY Houses In The Internet Age: Some Assembly Required: NPR
Date: Tue, 18 Feb 2014
To: lloyd kahn
Click here.

Go read the comments. There's a ton of 'em, mostly skeptical. My fave is "I approve of this article. The Big Bad Wolf." :)

St. Mary's Cathedral, San Francisco

Coyote Scat, Horned Grebe Diving in Lagoon

When I lived in Big Sur, I found that coyotes shat where the view was great. Check out the hair (mice, gophers, etc.) and bits of deer bones here.

I was poke poling for eel (nada) in the lagoon yesterday and this little Horned Grebe would dive down for maybe a minute, then pop back up energetically, didn't seem concerned by my proximity.

Thanks to HighFidelityRob for identifying the bird.

Small Victorian House in San Francisco

This was on 20th or 21st Street, up from Valencia.

Sea Foraging Tours in San Francisco

At left: crab snare; you toss it out with a fishing rod, wait 15 minutes and reel it in. It snags crabs in the loops.
Yesterday I went on a 3-hour tour with Kirk Lombard on the shores of San Francisco Bay. He demonstrated catching crabs with crab snares, how to throw a net to catch herring, and how to catch eels. Kirk is passionate about the ocean, sustainability, and getting your own food. He leads tours of various types, takes people clamming or herring-catching, and has a seafood subscription service. He says there are numerous small fish in this area -- smelt, sand dabs, herring, sardines -- that are overlooked by commercial interests and perfect for the get-it-yourselfer.
   I've poked around on the local coast all my life and come from a family of fishermen -- all sport fishermen except for my grandfather, who had a bait and tackle shop in SF around the turn of the century -- but I learned a ton of things. There's a 300-foot deep channel under the Golden Gate Bridge carved out in old times by the Sacramento River. You can make a pudding from a type of seaweed. Fish that is touted as "local" often comes from boats that spend over a month at sea, with 65-mile long longlines.
   There were two 12-year-old boys in the group and he was the perfect teacher. He got them reeling in crabs, throwing a herring net correctly, and poke-poling for eels. If you've got kids in the Bay Area,this is a wonderful learning experience. If you're a city-dweller interested in bringing in some of your own fresh seafood, check him out. 6-star.