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Update on our July 9th Relaxshacks.com Tiny Shelter, Hands-on, Workshop in MA
February 1, 2011, 7:37 pm
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Just additionally confirmed for our 2011 Relaxshacks.com Tiny House/Shelter Workshop in Stoughton, MA….(Again, a hands-on, out in the field workshop…rain or shine). Please read ALL before signing up….
…An open-house appearance by the mobile wagon “The Whittled Down Caravan” courtesy of its creators Tristan Chambers and Libby Reinish! This duo drove their caravan from Santa Fe to Northhampton, MA last year, and chronicled their experiences in their blog Whittled Down.
More recently, they were featured in a multi-page spread in Readymade Magazine too.
Tristan and Libby will be on hand to talk about the building of their caravan, their travels, and to allow our workshop attendees to paw through its interior.
ALSO- NYC’s Mimi Zeiger (tiny house author and architect) will be speaking to our guests, Alex Pino of Tinyhousetalk will be making the trek from Florida to talk about his involvement and work in the field, I’ll be heading up some demonstrations and giving tours of the projects and mini-cabins on my property, AND Dustin “Dr. Demolition” Diedricksen, an Environmental Engineer, will also be fronting a few hands-on projects as well. We’ll be filming much of this workshop. and YOU, for upcoming editions of our show “Tiny Yellow House” too!
Fees (after much deliberation and taking into account materials, two meals for all attendees, some travel expenses for guests, hardware, tools, hiring a runner/helper, free handout materials/books, and the 7000 other things and time and money-consuming tasks involved with planning something like this…)
Relaxshacks.com One Day Workshop- 8am to 9pm (or later- culminating in a bonfire)
Before April 30th- $195.00
After April 30th- $225.00
As with most workshops, there are no refunds/no exceptions. This is a rain or shine event (we have a huge tent, and/or we can move parts of this indoors)
For reservations and more info- kidcedar@gmail.com THERE will be a max of 12-17 (project depending) people in this workshop- so don’t “dilly dally”!

-Guests, event-roster is always subject to change- things may be added, or traded- depending on any last minute crisis from those slated to travel/appear….

-Derek “Deek” Diedricksen
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“The Tree-Rex Treehouse”- A micro-cabin and homeless shelter for $100
February 1, 2011, 3:44 pm
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“The Tree-Rex Treehouse”- A micro-cabin and homeless shelter for $100
A cabin/treehouse shaped like a dinosaur/t-rex!??
Also- Stained Glass art is courtesy of Satialee on Etsy.com- check out her work HERE
Here’s what I’ve been working on lately- a conglomeration of a design from my book ”Humble Homes, Simple Shacks…” and from one in my new, in-the-works, micro-architecture book. This is a two-in-one: A mini homeless/emergency shelter (for just barely over $100 in materials- and ultra-easy to build!), designed to keep its occupant out of the rain and elements, AND as the head of what will soon be “The Tree-Rex Treehouse“- perched high in a maple in my backyard (with a tail, arms, etc- the works…). We’ll probably leave this around long enough for the attendees of my 2011 Relaxshacks.com Hands-On, Tiny Shelter/House Building Workshop (here in MA) to check out too (along with 3-4 other mini cabins on my property).
I additionally shot a mini video or two on this which I’ll post down the road. I’ve also been working on this in the snow- and I mean LOTS of snow, and negative-degree temperatures. I think its safe to say that I’m looking forward to warmer weather!

‘WITH the stained glass window- art by Stephanie Atlee aka “Satialee” on Etsy.com- she’s awesome!
We also just shot a REALLY cool/fun video for Make Magazine, and hope, perhaps, to shoot one on “The Tree-Rex” should they be interested- it’d be pretty hilarious.
-Derek “Deek” Diedricksen


“The Tree-Rex Treehouse”- A micro-cabin and homeless shelter for $100
February 1, 2011, 1:17 pm
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A cabin/treehouse shaped like a dinosaur/t-rex!??
Also- Stained Glass art is courtesy of Satialee on Etsy.com- check out her work HERE

Here’s what I’ve been working on lately- a conglomeration of a design from my book “Humble Homes, Simple Shacks…” and from one in my new, in-the-works, micro-architecture book. This is a two-in-one: A mini homeless/emergency shelter (for just barely over $100 in materials- and ultra-easy to build!), designed to keep its occupant out of the rain and elements, AND as the head of what will soon be “The Tree-Rex Treehouse“- perched high in a maple in my backyard (with a tail, arms, etc- the works…). We’ll probably leave this around long enough for the attendees of my 2011 Relaxshacks.com Hands-On, Tiny Shelter/House Building Workshop (here in MA) to check out too (along with 3-4 other mini cabins on my property).

I additionally shot a mini video or two on this which I’ll post down the road. I’ve also been working on this in the snow- and I mean LOTS of snow, and negative-degree temperatures. I think its safe to say that I’m looking forward to warmer weather!

'WITH the stained glass window- art by Stephanie Atlee aka "Satialee" on Etsy.com- she's awesome!

We also just shot a REALLY cool/fun video for “Tiny Yellow House” TV and hope, perhaps, to shoot one on “The Tree-Rex” as well- once it the weather’s a little nicer, naturally.

-Derek “Deek” Diedricksen