Deek’s Lollipop Fort of Death

by Kent Griswold on April 30th, 2013. 32 Comments

I just enjoyed a fun weekend with Deek and his brother at his tiny house workshop in Wilmington, North Carolina. I will be sharing a post about the experience soon. Deek and Make Magazine just released his latest video and I wanted to share it with you.

This is what Make Magazine says about his video: This is Derek “Deek” Diedricksen’s last video for us. And it’s…a little different. He pokes fun at his rather sketchy looking single-pole tree house, which he jokingly has dubbed “The Lollipop Fort Of Death.” It looks less than safe, but he insists it is. The song he wrote about it sure is catchy.

Be sure and stop by RelaxShacks.com to see more of Deek’s cool designs.

screen shot of Deek

CONTEST and “40+ Ideas- Dumpster Dived/Free items to build/decorated/craft your home with!”

by Kent Griswold on March 3rd, 2013. 21 Comments

by Derek “Deek” Diedricksen

Hey All,

I just had a little fun shooting this one-take DIY-idea video on using free and salvaged goods for decorating and construction, from windows to wall hangings, and while some of the ideas might be ultra-bizarre, others might be practical enough for your needs, or better yet, might spark another new idea in YOU.

Below, for tinyhouseblog.com readers, I’ve also added a few more photos of examples that the video DOES NOT cover (and believe me, I have about 100 more, but the video is long enough already!).

glass dinner plate

A window on “The Gypsy Junker” cabin (for sale btw $1200 OBO), made out of a colored glass dinner plate

Building on a budget is something I always make sure to cover in the workshops I host for Tumbleweed, and the ones I host/set-up on my own, in fact, our April 26th-28th build/3-day workshop with Steven Harrell in North Carolina, will not only incorporate A LOT of hands-on building, but a good deal of free-form design, salvage construction, and recycled material problem solving- ALWAYS fun! We do have a few slots left, but not many at all, and some INCREDIBLE guest speakers and demos planned! Check out the flyer below for a full listing of our AWESOME guest teachers- its more or less a “Tiny House Convention” at this point. Just crazy…

North Carolina Workshop

Aside from this new video….here are a few photo examples and their explanations. Some are taken from my book “Humble Homes, Simple Shacks“, while others are brand new shots which might end up in the next book. Continue Reading »

A 40 Square Foot Tiny House, An Old Workshop, and a New One in North Carolina!

by Kent Griswold on November 20th, 2012. 10 Comments

An update, before I drop some info on a NEW hands-on building workshop collaboration in North Carolina (below)…

We recently just completed our Relaxshacks.com Tiny House-Building Workshop two weekends ago, and it was absolutely incredible(!) to get to hang with a group of twenty-plus people for so long a time. It’s amazing how well you get to know and bond with people when a workshop becomes a camp-out, not to mention an all-out, tiny-house-obsessed, event. We had attendees from New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, New York, Maine, Connecticut, Kansas, Kentucky, and beyond- and luckily the weather was GREAT (we got hit with a big storm two days later!)

tiny house on wheels

 

Aside from many guest speakers including Sage Radachowsky (Gypsy Wagon Dweller), Doug Immel (Fencl Builder), Dustin “Dr. Demolition” Diedricksen (Small Home Dweller and Environmental Engineer), Tristan Chambers and Libby Reinish (who brought out their Whittled Down Caravan), and Mariah Coz (n’ Matt!) (who lugged out their ultra-cool Comet Camper), we all collaborated on building a tiny travel trailer/tiny house. Continue Reading »

Deek’s Boston Building Workshop, and WIN THESE BOOKS!

by Kent Griswold on September 7th, 2012. 74 Comments

by Derek “Deek” Diedricksen

Hey all,

With the 1000th post of Relaxshacks.com on the horizon, and our third hands-on, tiny house building workshop coming up (Nov 2-4 right outside Boston, MA), I thought a giveaway to the Tiny House Blog readers might be in order, as a way to thank all of you, and Kent, for all of the support over the years.

Up on the block we have….

  • My “Humble Homes, Simple Shacks” tiny house design/concept book
  • No Impact Man” the DVD documentary from Colin Beavan
  • Make Your Place: Affordable, Sustainable, Nesting, Skills” by Raleigh Briggs
  • Your Money or Your Life“- by Joe Dominguez and Vicki Robin
  • A tiny house print from JamaicaCottageShop.com
  • A “Tiny: The Movie” tiny house print I created/sketched
  • A compilation CD with my band (for use as a frisbee or drink coaster)
  • my band “DEFDEALER” (which may scare some of you) is doing a “Itunes for The Homeless” fundraiser
  • using the money from each and every download to raise money to build a tiny dwelling with a certain homeless organization. $0.99 at a time, we hope to raised a little over $400 to make this possible.
Deek's book giveaway

Anyway, to win, just let us know WHY YOU FEEL TINY HOUSE LIVING IS ADVANTAGEOUS- aside from the normal, more cliche, reasons…..I will pick a winner, and I’ll mail you all the prize loot. Feel free to get creative or comical too. Deadline is one week from the posting date of this entry. Enter your submissions in the comment thread below.

As for the upcoming workshop….we’ve added even MORE guest speakers and demonstrators! Check out the list, its pretty insane! Its filling up pretty fast too, so if interested, don’t lag too long. And YES, we’ll all be building a tiny guest house together, camping, seeing/touring other tiny dwellings (Jay Shafer’s VERY FIRST TUMBLEWEED TINY HOUSE), discussing topics at night by a bon fire, a pizza party, and more. I can’t wait!

Click here for more details and sign-up info…
http://www.relaxshacks.blogspot.com/2012/07/tiny-house-building-workshop-3.html

-Derek “Deek” Diedricksen, author, blogger, tiny house builder, and host of the program “Tiny Yellow House” on youtube, will also be hosting the upcoming Tumbleweed Tiny House Workshops in Chicago, and NYC.

Deek's Tiny House Building Workshop