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NEW Tiny House Thrift Video and THREE guests announced for Tumbleweed Miami!
March 28, 2012, 3:45 pm
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      First off, as part of an ongoing mini-video series (all laid back, one-take narrations) for The Tumbleweed Tiny House Company- here’s video #2- one pertaining to free and repurposed/re-built windows as a means to save a TON of money on your tiny house or cabin project. Having used found windows in well over a dozen cabin and shelter projects I’ve personally built, believe me, the savings is HUGE. I’m currently using some in a tiny houseboat/shantyboat project of mine in fact….

     These are the kind of things I’ll be talking about in a new workshop segment “How to save THOUSANDS while building your own Tumbleweed or Tiny House“. These tips VERY MUCH so pertain to any sized dwelling too. Most of them are also found in my book (below) “Humble Homes, Simple Shacks”….


These additional speakers will not only make things more diverse, but fun and informational on several levels….

Alex Pino of will be doing a short piece on tiny housing in relation to his involvement in the scene, and upcoming projects, through a segment called “How to Downsize Your Home and Life-Fast!”

Jo-Anne Peck from (who build beautiful sheds and guest homes in the Florida area) will be appearing on Sunday to talk about Florida building codes, what her company has been up to, and their approaches and techniques in building.

L.A. Davis from MGN SOLAR will be there to talk about his solar energy knowledge, and how his work and ideas especially caters to tiny homes.

I’ll also be introducing a few new segments to the Tumbleweed workshop scene with talks on utilizing (how, when, and where) recycled and repurposed materials in your home build, a critique/showcase session with a slide show of a wild array of tiny homes, shelters, and cabins, AND a session on “Tricks Of The Trade”- time, body, and mind saving techniques and tips that I’ve acquired in over 20 years of building.

I’ll also later juggle bowling pins set afire! Not really….

I’m also teaching the Tumbleweed BOSTON course- May 20 and 21st;aff_id=10


A prior gathering up at my Vermont cabin in the woods. Photo by Bruce Bettis

 AND- it looks like July 6-9th- FOUR DAYS (day 4 is an optional wind-down day)
I’ll be hosting another one of the Hands-On, Tiny House/Shelter Building Workshops, in Northern VT (Orleans). kidcedar at gmail dot com if you might be interested…

We’ll assemble a tiny cabin in one weekend, tour SEVEN tiny dwellings, lodging and camping spots on site are included, bonfire discussions at night, two dinners provided, guest speakers, and perhaps a horseshoe tournament one night, and then some….

And if you like hiking, fishing, and the outdoors- there are few better places…
The neighboring town of Coventry also has THE MOST covered bridges of any town in the US as well. Seven of them I believe…bring those cameras…

kidcedar at gmail dot com if you might be interested. We’ll announce more details and the price very soon…

Oh yeah, we’re only going to do somewhere around 15 people total, IF that….

-Derek “Deek” Diedricksen


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