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Tiny House Building Workshop #3 OFFICIALLY announced/details….
July 31, 2012, 9:50 pm
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Want to build a tiny, tiny house and hang with many like-minded, tiny-obsessed people? Read on….read on…..

Our new and updated poster- WITH NEW ADDED SPEAKERS/GUESTS!!!!

-BUILD a tiny guest house as a group
-TOUR tiny houses and view many examples of recycled-material construction
-HEAR from many guest speakers, and tiny house dwellers
-SEE several building-related demos
-SMELL freshly cut lumber….ok, ok, I just tossed that one in their for the heck of it….

and click HERE to see MANY photos from our most recent workshop over on tinyhouseblog.com

A nearby tiny house- We’ll also give you directions to many nearby tiny sights to see while you’re in the area….

   YES, we’re having a THIRD “Tiny House/Building Workshop”, this time in Massachusetts, 10 miles outside Boston- with possible camping options available, AND your chance to stay in a few of my own micro cabins and shelters- ones that have been featured in the NY Times, Boston Globe, PBS, Apartment Therapy, The UK Daily News, Seattle Times, and beyond….. NOV 2nd to the 4th. Fri-Sat- about 25+ total hours of classroom, touring, networking, and building time. -Yes, we’ll have coffee on hand! -A pizza party, MANY guest speakers, and more- its all explained below… Rain or Shine….

 Just Added (above)- aside from the building project, and the speakers, we’ll be visiting the FIRST BUILT TUMBLEWEED TINY HOUSE in Boston- the initial prototype that Jay Shafer built and lived in. You’re bound to get tons of design and space efficiency ideas from this trip! 

FRI- 3pm Start (check in and meet and greet, tours, hand-outs, campfire discussion, and set-up for those camping, some preliminary building too (the base of our structure)). To those arriving later, we’ll re-tour/retalk about several things with you in day 2 to catch you up.

SAT- 9am to 6pm- more speakers and demos with group building project underway (under work lights, as it gets later, if need be)- with meal break in between. Comet Camper/Mobile Off-Grid Dwelling Tour. Campfire at night.

SUN- 9 am Start- Speakers, The Whittled Down Caravan Tour (a guest structure we’ll have on the premises), and Building continues….We wrap at 4/5pm and head into Boston to visit the first Tumbleweed Tiny House. 

 

We’ll have the FULL and final roster of speakers soon, but it looks like its going to be….Fri afternoon/evening to Sunday Evening- with MANY guest speakers- AND a collective tiny house building project that I’ll post about soon!- one which I’d also like to film for my show “Tiny Yellow House” on youtube.
November 2-4 are the dates….

From July’s “Tiny House Summer Camp”- one of two buildings we designed and worked on- a tiny house dubbed “THE ROCKHILL”

We’re limiting this workshop to about 20 attendees, and no more…to keep it intimate, fun, and so as to give people more hands-on time. 

We’ll also see/tour FOUR OR FIVE MINI CABINS on MY WORKSHOP LOT….see my salvage yard (with much talk/instruction on the subject of free-materials building), and more….

“The GottaGiddaWay” micro cabin/sleeper- which might be on hand for a guest to stay in….

One of our speaking topics, “How to save thousands of dollars, while building your own tiny home” will have a ton of ideas that will make this workshop pay for itself….from alternate materials usage, to free-cycled, and repurposed goods….

Shot from a recent “No Cash, Stained Glass”- FREE WINDOW making video Deek hosted

 So far, it looks like our GUEST SPEAKERS are (with more to come)

SAGE RADACHOWSKY– a gypsy wagon dweller and builder….his “Sage’s Gypsy Wagon Tour” video that we filmed has been a hit and garnered over a QUARTER OF A MILLION VIEWS now (see his video below)….www.gypsyliving.org

CHRISTOPHER SMITH AND MERETE MUELLER of “Tiny: The Movie”– they recently built a tiny house on wheels and filmed the whole process for an upcoming documentary.  www.tiny-themovie.com

TRISTAN CHAMBERS and LIBBY REINISH– of www.whittleddown.com, who should be bringing their home built WHITTLED DOWN CARAVAN, which they traveled across the entire US in! You’ll love these two!

MARIAH COZ– and her renovated off-grid home on wheels- The Comet Camper- www.cometcamper.wordpress.com

DUSTIN “Dr. Demolition” DIEDRICKSEN– a small house dweller, builder, and regular on “Tiny Yellow House” TV- Dustin is also an environmental engineer, and has assisted with the building of many tiny structures and shelters in the past. He was recently featured on yahoo.com’s homepage.

L.A. Davis from MGNSOLAR– Florida-based micro-solar company head… www.mgnsolar.com

Campfire Discussions at night…Byob, Byog too (guitars)…. ALL AGES WELCOME (no byob for those too young though, obviously).

AND MORE to be announced! We’ll have a group pizza hang on friday night too. 

Group building at our recent “Tiny House Summer Camp”

 SIGNING UP:
kidcedar at gmail dot com if you might be interested….don’t wait too long! 
This three day, two night workshop will be $399.00- early bird (before October 1st)
Email me for payment details…. kidcedar@gmail.com 

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 Sage’s Gypsy Wagon Tour Video…


This registration fee will help to cover materials, snacks, coffee, a heck of alot of pizza, a materials runner and hired assistant, speakers and their travel costs in some cases, location rental (one other lot we might use), extra needed tools, workbooks, and all other related set-up materials we need to have on hand- from tarps to paper towels and everything in between- it all adds up real fast.

 -Derek “Deek” Diedricksen

Note: The Jay Shafer Original House, if sold, won’t be in Boston anymore, which isn’t likely to happen, in the case of that happening, we’ll add a new demonstration, or perhaps a trip to check out some other tiny house in the area…..like I said, not likely, but just in case…



A Very Modest Cottage- A tale of Saving and MOVING a tiny house
July 30, 2012, 10:52 pm
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      I’ve been meaning to post on “A Very Modest Cottage” for awhile, a book I picked up a ways back. As some of you might know, I’m a fan of both coffee-table style pictoral books, AND more text laden offerings, and this book certainly falls into the former category. Books like these can be very inspiring, fun, and informational, even if only in a photographic and visual way, and this book is most of those things. Tereasa Surratt is almost the female “me”, the more I look through this book- just one hell a better dresser (she’s flea marketing and scrounging in outfits nicer than what I would wear to church!)- she digs recycled goods, yard sales, isn’t afraid to get dirty (despite some of the pristine and poised photos), and well, LOVES tiny houses. She’s even written a flea-marketing book- which I’ve also linked below (another one with some great photos- whoever is taking the pics (her, I assume) has a good eye for detail, light, and thinking beyond the box).

     While this book is about ONE single tiny house, and its history in the line of roadside rental cottages from the days of old, its LOADED with some very cool imagery- most of which lend to the tale of an old tiny cabin being saved, hauled across two states, and untimately relocated and rennovated. The end product is pretty damn gorgeous, and all in all, its a very fun, and non-brain-busting book to flip through time and time again.

You can find out more about her and her work at averymodestcottage.com, which I hear, is now being rented out….



A sheep wagon/caravan home in a field- Tiny House Eye Candy
July 29, 2012, 8:54 am
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 No words are really needed here- its just another really cool micro-dwelling for you and I to gawk at. I just LOVE the rustic look of this one, and would LOVE to build something just like this one of these days. I can’t remember where I found this one, but if you’re looking for other great places to stare and drool at tiny houses, cabins, shelters, and travel trailers….other than here….

www.tinyhouseswoon.com is a pretty great place to start…..
Also, take a look at the work from Bill Rockhill of Bearcreekcarpentry.com
-Derek “Deek” Diedricksen