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Tiny Homes For The Homeless Built Out of Dumpster Garbage in Oakland, California

"Gregory Kloehn goes dumpster diving, but not for the reason that most people would think. He isn’t homeless. In fact, he is an artist from Oakland that is trying to help the homeless and develop his craft at the same time.
Instead of building sculptures that he would sell to rich people to add to their massive homes, he decided to focus his efforts on helping house the homeless population in California.…He uses what he collects to build small, one room shelters for the homeless.…"
Click here and here.

Large Chart of Hand Tools

thought you might find this interesting…"
Click here.From Anonymous

Beach Panorama From North Shore, Hawaii

"I know u love panorama's. Sunset point on the right and rocky point to the left. Photo credit to my wife Emie. Shrimp trucks rock!

No gasoline in Point Reyes Station for the next 4-6 days!

From the Marin County Sheriff:
Due to a vehicle accident that occurred last night where a truck ran
into the Greenbridge Gas & Auto Service station located at 11401
Highway 1, Point Reyes Station, the station suffered major damage that
has disabled the power to all of its gas pumps. The owners of the
Greenbridge Gas & Auto Service are now advising that the gas pumps
will remain inoperable for another 4-6 days until repairs can be
This closure of the Greenbridge gas pumps in Point Reyes will mean
the only other operating gas pumps in West Marin will be at the Bo-Gas
station in Bolinas. Due to the warm days leading up to this coming
weekend, I anticipate that we can expect a number of stranded
motorists expressing frustration in our West Marin Communities with
empty or near empty gas tanks. Even those who may call for road
service (AAA, etc.) can expect extremely long response times from
service vehicles and tow trucks coming from the East side of the

Perfectly-proportioned Shack in Woods

Sometimes I'll see a little building where everything looks right. Builders (and architects) could learn a lot by studying small rural and farm buildings.

On-the-road Ducati Motorcycle

Also from Pepe Alvarez

I'm Doing 2 Presentations on Tiny Homes on the Move at the Maker Faire in San Mateo This Weekend

This thing is huge -- 50,000 people. And fun! Surprising to me because I'm hardly nerd-oriented. There's a wide range of things going on here, from ultra-geeky to downhome funk. This'll be the 4th time I've gone and I always have a great time. It's savvy, friendly, interesting, and very well run. I wander all over the large fairgrounds with my camera. It's great for kids, all kinds of robots wandering around, ingenious mobile vehicles, 3D printing (hot right now), the "HomeGrown Village" hall for gardening, homesteading, building, food preservation, etc.
   I'm doing 2 presentations on Tiny Homes On The Move:
    -Saturday May 17th, 3:30 PM on the Maker Square Stage in the Homegrown Village
    -Sunday May 18th, 3:00 PM on the Center Stage. Click here.

-Kevin Kelly will be talking about his best-seller Cool Tools at 1:30 PM Saturday on The Center Stage.
-Snowboarder Mike Basich (our star builder in Tiny Homes) will be talking about his remote mountain homestead and homemade ski lift at 2:30 Sunday on The Center Stage (just before me).
One thing: traffic is heavy. Check out the Faire's suggestions. You can bring a bike and park a mile or two away. General Faire info here.
Finally: Lew and Evan will be manning a Shelter Publications booth in one of the maker halls on how we make books. They'll be giving away free copies of the Tiny Homes on the Move mini-book and selling copies of the full-size book for $20 apiece (cheaper than Amazon).

Spanish Motorcyclists on a Harley in California

I ran across these guys last night. Left to right, Guillem Ramirez and Xerta Puig. They flew from Barcelona to Chicago, rented the Harley, and were finishing up an 18-day vacation. They travelled on Highway 66 and, were on their way into San Francisco, then heading down Highway 1 to L.A., where they'll drop off the bike and fly back to Spain. He's a builder and she has a business that sells nativity items.
   (When we start up The Shelter Blog in a few weeks, I'll be putting much of the building stuff on the new blog, and doing more posts like this.)

Buell HD Racer Motorcycle

Best bike designed by Buell; HD racer. Disk brake fixed to wheel! Underhung exhaust (weight low).   Fuel in frame.  Belt tension wheel. HD Sportster designed engine (1200cc?).
Pepe (Alvarez)"

My First Slide Show/Book Signing Tonight in Bolinas

I'm doing a slide show with about 100 images from Tiny Homes On The Move tonight at the Bolinas Community Center on Wharf Road, at 7:30 PM. We'll also be selling books (at a discount) and giving away free mini-books (2x2" -- 64 pages).

Tiny Home for £10,000 in UK

"…tiny home with double bed, fitted kitchen, bathroom and widescreen TV (and solar panels to keep down bills)
 •Basic model of the wooden 'microhome' is 13ft high and costs £10,000
 •It has been designed by Dr Mike Page of the University of Hertfordshire
 •Home doesn't need planning permission and is said to be easy to build…"
Click here.

Walking Home — Tiny Home

"WALKING HOUSE is a modular dwelling system that enables persons to live a peaceful nomadic life, moving slowly through the landscape or cityscape with minimal impact on the environment. It collects energy from its surroundings using solar cells and small windmills. There is a system for collecting rain water and a system for solar heated hot water.…"

Well if you say so. Looks like it would be right at home in Dwell magazine. A reminder: I put up stuff I find interesting, not that I necessarily like. The story behind this one is weird.
Click here.
From Luke Griswold-Tergis