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Julie & Guillaume Visit Shelter in 2011

Julie Lambertson contributed 8 pages to our book Tiny Homes (pp. 136-143). The article contained photos, Julie's drawings, and words on Ardheia, a commune in the woods in France where Julie and half a dozen people built simple structures. They were influenced by our books on building. In 2011, Julie and her boyfriend Guillaume came to the USA, took a bike trip up the California coast, and stopped off at our studio. Julie made a book from the trip, and here is her page on their visit to Shelter Publications world headquarters:

Treehouse in Charlotte, NC

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Bar, PF Chang Restaurant, Charlotte, NC

You look through the bar into the kitchen.

Photo By Jack Fulton

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Vernacular Architecture in Vermont - The Common Shed

Robert Van Vranken is one of the contributors to our forthcoming Tiny Homes on Wheels, and just sent us the link to this video. It's wonderful!
"A meditation on the vernacular architecture of the common shed. Shot during the winter of 2014 in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. "
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Robot That Builds Metal Sculptures

"Although the world of 3D printing is hurtling through milestones at the moment, to a large extent the technology still remains in its infancy. If you thought it was all Etsy jewellery and plastic toys, though, think again. Joris Laarman has created a free-standing 3D printing robot that creates beautiful metal sculptures with the graceful brush strokes of an artist."
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From Ed Styles

Tiny Car Towing Teardrop Trailer

From Tiny House Talk here.

Robin on Lawn in Monroe Yesterday

There were a bunch of these hopping around on a lawn yesterday pulling worms out of holes. I love the eye decoration. He seemed to know I was there, hopped around, posing…I've started focussing manually instead of relying on autofocus. Takes longer, but pics are sharper.

Photos Yesterday in Monroe, North Carolina

Did I have fun yesterday! Breakfast at the Palace Restaurant in Monroe -- was turned onto it by young locals at the Bibi Restaurant the night before -- you want real local food? Well, yeh-us!…May have been best restaurant breakfast ever. Eggs scrambled in butter, creamy grits, crisp bacon, homemade biscuits and the capper: $3.80 + good coffee. Then I had a few hours before heading to the airport and I drove around shooting photos. The building are wonderful here, even the falling-apart ones. Learned that Monroe was THE big town in NC,before Charlotte rose to prominence. There were obviously some BUILDERS in Monroe in the day…I'm overwhelmed with things to do here, stuff to report from the trip, taking off for Hong Kong in 5 days…eek…

Barns, Sheds, Shacks, Homes, Churches, in North Carolina

Marshville, NC

Tiny Homes in Chiapas, Mexico

"Hi Lloyd, Looking forward to the release of the new book, Tiny Homes on the Move. My wife, daughter and I have been traveling in Guatemala and Chiapas Mexico since just after the new year and it really does give perspective of how most americans (personas de Estados Unidos) live. I'd say that many of the people here are already living tiny, though not by choice. Just a bit south of San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico I photographed these tiny houses for sale (the little yellow one has a price of 24,000 pesos, I think that works out to about $2,000 USD). I have seen similar houses in use in some of the villages around here. There is a bit more forest here so are more wood framed structures, elsewhere pretty much everything is built with concrete and concrete block, though in less affluent places I've seen some adobe and mud. I've seen older places with something like waddle and daub just about everywhere I've gone, though no evidence of newer construction.
Keep up the good works, Rob (August)"

Out Into North Carolina Countryside

Once again, content way exceeds output here. Deek and I had a great time, building his tiny house, talking to hundreds of people. We did 2 presentations together that went over well. It was a total seat-of-pants operation, both in an unexpected building project (borrowed Skilsaw from hall maintenance guy, ladder from ladder display guy, tape measure & combination square from polypropylene panel guy) and dual slideshow/talks. Fun! We agreed that it was actually good the building wasn't finished. It gave us something to do. Better than just sitting around all day.
   I ended up liking Charlotte a lot. Good vibes everywhere. Good people. They're relaxed. It's what I expected. There's a big part of America out there in between the Almighty Coasts. And you know what, I don't wave the flag, and am appalled by a ton of things America and Americans do and have done, but underneath I love this country and Americans for the good stuff (did you see Gracie Gold skating in the Olympics -- wow!). A lot of kindness and simpatico here in North Carolina. I have a ton of stuff to report from the Home & Garden Show, but it'll have to wait. Actually, I just got the idea to do a YouTube slide show with vocal description of this trip. "These two little buildings, abandoned, neglected, behind an abandoned house, both perfect in proportion…architects should study country buildings…"

 Once this new book is launched, I plan con making a bunch of videos, boy am I excited about this. Suddenly I realize that a lot of my compulsion to communicate can be done via vids.
   It's Monday morning, am at a Starbucks. In the land of fast-food and characterless and interminable malls, a Starbucks can be a haven. (Had to come back to mall-land to get a motel last night.)
   After this song finishes, I'm heading out on some back roads. I took an extra 1-1/2 days to hunt and shoot (Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1, mighty fine little camera).

Blues and Rock 'n' Roll by Sean Chambers on Grooveshark

The Thousand Islands

"The Thousand Islands is an archipelago consisting of exactly 1,864 islands that straddles the Canada-U.S. border in the Saint Lawrence River as it emerges from the northeast corner of Lake Ontario. They stretch for about 80 km on St. Lawrence Seaway, but the largest clustering of islands falls between Cape Vincent and Alexandria Bay in the United States and Kingston and Rockport in Canada. The islands range in size from over 40 square miles to smaller islands occupied by a single residence, to even smaller uninhabited outcroppings of rocks that are home to migratory waterfowl. The number of islands was determined using the criteria that any island must be above water level all year round, have an area greater than 1 square foot, and support at least one living tree."
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Photo on Flick'r by Bimoseno

Man in a Cube

Dave is a creative writer who lives inside the iconic Astor Place Cube in New York City. The cube's 8X8 panels add up to 64 square feet which adds up to 512 cubic feet. For Dave, who is 5'8", that is plenty of space to move around, write, cook, sleep, work out and even play guitar. Dave uses a bicycle generator to power up the lights and a handful of electronic gadgets.