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Aussie Overlander’s Own Travels Inspire Rugged 4WD Campervan



Lance Gillies and his wife were globe-hopping overlanders who couldn’t buy the rugged, go-anywhere four-wheel-drive home they could imagine so they built it instead.

Today, his Bend (Oregon)–based company makes the rapidly-deployable Earthcruiser on a hefty Mitsubishi Fuso platform (complete with a motorized retractable toilet and indoor shower), but a newer pop-top truck camper as well.

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Driftwood Shacks: Anonymous Architecture Along the Northern California Coast Is Available

We just completed my latest book, Driftwood Shacks: Anonymous Architecture Along the Northern California Coast (82 pages, 8½″× 8½″). It’s the first in a series of short-run, digitally printed small books. This is a way for me to publish some not-ready-for-prime-time books, ones that we may just sell via mail order.

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Long House by Bruno Atkey

Bruno built this 30′×50′ building on a remote beach belonging to the Hesquiat tribe in British Columbia in 1999. It’s used in a “rediscovery” program, and now run by Hooksum Outdoor School, which educates young First Nations people about their history and heritage.

The entire building was framed with beach­combed logs — posts, beams, and purlins. Roofing is 3′-long split-cedar shakes; siding is also split cedar — 1×12’s and 1×15’s six to twelve feet long(!). His crew was mostly from the Hesquiat tribe…

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Tiny Camper Build



I built a simple tiny camper on a 4×8 trailer last year. My wife and I wanted something to enjoy for short-getaway camping that could be pulled with anything. We loved the old teardrops and based it off that, but had a budget in mind and little trailer we bought used to begin the build. I finished it in about 30 days working on it a little everyday. It’s not perfect and was not intended to be perfect but it met our needs. I designed it with a back door as it was easier for a tall guy to get in and out. As well, we didn’t need an outdoor kitchen, plus it saved money.
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Life in the World's Most Traveled Tiny House



Tiny House Expedition is the world’s most traveled tiny house. This intrepid family has traveled over 40,000 miles (64,000km) in their 20′ (6m) tiny house on wheels and is still going, as they venture all over North America filming their documentary series Living Tiny Legally.

One of the most incredible things about a tiny house on wheels is the trailer that it sits on. What separates these homes from others is that they are completely mobile and have the ability to travel wherever you go. Most tiny homes don’t take full advantage of that fact and many will only move a handful of times in their life. The Tiny House Expedition tiny house on the other hand is built for travel and spends the majority of it’s life on the move, being towed all over North America with a U-Haul truck.
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The Homes Kate Dodd Built

Kate Dodd built two off-the-grid houses in the Northern California woods in the early ’70s. She and her partner started the house in spring of 1972 and moved in that winter (with one wall covered with plastic sheeting).

The foundation was concrete piers. The pole frame was spiked to the piers with a vertical piece of 1″ galvanized pipe. For the attached greenhouse she poured a perimeter foundation…

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Garden Furniture with Tenon Cutter

I’ve had this tenon cutter attachment for years, just started using it. I just cut down an old wild plum tree and am going to make a garden chair out of plum wood. Fun! I got this from Lee Valley, a great source of carpentry tools.

I recently got the Makita drill — not battery driven, but with cord — from Jackson’s Hardware in San Rafael. It would have been cheaper from Amazon, but at Jackson’s, I get expert human advice. I use Amazon a lot, but also skirt them often. There are other factors to consider when buying stuff other than what’s cheapest.

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