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Zen forest house: 11K, handcrafted, small home in Oregon – YouTube

We posted about this once already – but this tour is so worth another visit!

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Brian Schulz wanted to see “how small of a house I could make feel big”. Inspired by the traditional Japanese minka homes that rely on local materials and steeply sloped roofs to create affordable, open structures, Schulz created a home using materials salvaged or sourced from within 10 miles of his home.

via Zen forest house: 11K, handcrafted, small home in Oregon – YouTube.

Japanese Forest House one boatbuilders attempt to make a home without simpson ties – Brian Schulz

You know when something is so beautiful it hurts?

That is how I felt when I first saw the Japanese Forest House on Curbed.  Brian Schulz’s sense of humor eased my heartache a little, but scrolling through the pictures of his beloved house brings it all back in a flash.

Treat yourself today and go see this labor of love in all it’s glory!

A couple years ago I found a neat little brass sink at the local recycle center.   Enamored of shiny objects,  I coveted it’s golden glow,  entirely aware of the fact that I had no use for such a thing.   I wandered around for an hour or so with it in my hand,  looking at other stuff,  relalizing that if I took it I’d have to build a home for it.   I eventually brought it up to the register and started planning my house on the drive home.

Yes,  I am serious,  and don’t call me shirley.

With deep enough pockets a person might be able to duplicate such a structure by writing a large check to a talented builder,  but that would risk missing the point entirely.   Almost every piece of this tiny house was salvaged,  most of it from within a ten miles of where the house sits.

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Boat Roofed Shed, Unique shed from Up a mountain on a farm | Readersheds.co.uk

The happiest shed on the planet!


The roof is an upturned boat! It is located at an altitude of 750ft above sea level in the Cambrian Mountain range near Machynlleth in mid Wales. It is full of nautical nonsense befitting a boat turned upside down up a mountain!

It is heated by a 19th century French enamel wood burning stove. The chimney is an old queen pole from a circus big top that used to house elephants know as The elephant shed!

The shed is made completely from recycled materials except for the 12v system. 3 sets of chimes from inside mantelpiece clocks have been screwed into the centre board of the boat and you can play them with a big nail!

via Boat Roofed Shed, Unique shed from Up a mountain on a farm | Readersheds.co.uk.

David Kemp – Wooden Whaler

David Kemp created a whale from two derelict cove-boats and thus stole my heart. Below are excerpts from his website. Pay a visit and be amazed!

The artist David Kemp lives and works on the far western coast of Cornwall, among the old mine workings near Botallack. He finds material for his work in rich seams of junk, appearing here and there at boot fairs, but adding up, in the imagination, to something like that mysterious productive heap of dust in Dickens’ Our Mutual Friend. In fact there is an almost Dickensian breadth of vision, richness of character and sharpness of observation in Kemp’s work.

David Kemp’s work is serious fun: serious, because his intention is to tackle our folly and or materialist excesses and fun because he is a master of life-enhancing humour.

Driven by his own apocalyptic and subversive vision, he makes sculpture from the disregarded bits and pieces left by successive consumer boom. These remains point out the awful truth – that we value trash and are seduced again and again by the trumped-up new. Technology that is phoney, or only half understood, is grasped at for answers to our needs. In pursuit of the largest thing, it becomes impossible to tell real technological advances from the dead-ends.

This point is made for this exhibition particularly by reference to electricity. The rush to harness the power of frog’s legs, to make hair stand on end or capture lightning were all so far beside the point – of course we know now, but in Kemp’s alternative world they have a different and more telling relevance. By making what might have been, or should have been, invented he mirrors universal human weaknes.

David Kemp

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Shaped on all Six Sides on Vimeo

via Shaped on all Six Sides on Vimeo.

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A short documentary about the craft and philosophy of wooden boat carpentry.

Directed by Kat Gardiner

Produced by Kat Gardiner & Nathan Walker

Starring Andy Stewart


James McMullen

Greg McCrosky

Nathan Walker

A Food Chain Production

Shot & Edited by Kat Gardiner

GoPro & Music Supervision by Nathan Walker

Titles by Slow Loris

Laurel 1891 — Upcycle Americas Oldest Oyster Boat by Jean Paul Vellotti — Kickstarter

Look what we found waiting in our in-box from Kickstarter this morning. You better believe with think this is a great idea!

They need some serious clams though, so if you like it too cruse on over and throw them a line (or two).

Enjoy sustainably-harvested oysters and cocktails on the deck of Laurel. Upcycled crafts from her deck restoration make great gifts.

This image shows how Laurel looks today, ready for her journey as an oyster bar.

Although the Laurel holds the honor of “oldest active fishing vessel” by the United States Coast Guard, her days of hard-work are behind her. Laurel is a real head turner so we came up with an idea to bring her from port-to-port and let people come aboard and hear about her legacy…and have some really great oysters and cold drinks at the same time.

Additionally, farmers harvest dinners on her deck for a limited number of guests, served family style, should prove to be a hit. Because Laurel is a mobile platform, guest chefs at many locations are possible which will keep the menu exciting. And, for hyper-local foodies, Laurel can still harvest her own shellfish, so dont be surprised if the oysters you eat in the evening were harvested by her that morning!

This image from 1930 shows Laurel docked at Greenport, Long Island, NY. For 50 years (from 1905 to 1955), Laurel brought seed oysters from Connecticut and planted them in the Great Peconic Bay; she returned weekly with Long Island grown oysters.

Laurel's deck beams will be replaced by Maine-shipwright Captain Robert Blood (yes, that's really his name). Inset is a photo of A.C. Brown, master carpenter and builder of Laurel.

Laurel sitting pretty after her yearly painting and caulking at Cove Marina in Norwalk, CT. In the background is another wooden oyster boat, the Catherine M. Wedmore.

You can almost taste the sea in this photo of Laurel passing Penfield Light off Fairfield, CT. As you can see, her decks have seen better days.

via Laurel 1891 — Upcycle Americas Oldest Oyster Boat by Jean Paul Vellotti — Kickstarter.

whimsical, handmade craftsman furniture – Naturalism Furniture – The Alternative Consumer


Achmad Kurt is a German expat who’s been living in Indonesia for over 20 years. His company, All From Boats, specializes in creating one-of-a-kind rustic furniture from the reclaimed and salvaged wood of old fishing vessels.


Kurt buys decommissioned boats from local South Pacific fishermen and uses the raw material from the exotically painted boats to create colorful pieces of rustic furniture.


Kurt’s furniture is hand crafted and made entirely from old boat timber, generally hard woods such as ulin, teak and intaran. The wood is 100% reclaimed and obtained from old trawlers (typically, these boats are 40 to 60 years old) that plied their trade in the exotic waters of Indonesia, Bali, Java, Lombok, Sulawesi and Kalimantan.


All From Boats practices Fair Trade. Kurt has made agreements with local fishermen – when a fishing trawler becomes too expensive to repair, or is about to be disassembled and burned as cooking fuel, he buys the boat – providing the fisherman with weeks of income.

via whimsical, handmade craftsman furniture – Naturalism Furniture – The Alternative Consumer.