Tiny Yellow Teardrop

I recently started a new blog just for teardrop trailers. After traveling around and camping in my tiny yellow teardrop for about five years, I’ve received a wide range of accolades, comments and questions. I thought a blog would be the best place to address these questions and put up posts for anyone who has considered purchasing or building a teardrop trailer.

The blog will focus mainly on my own teardrop trailer and the experiences of camping in a teardrop, but I will also be featuring various teardrop builders and owners, including my friend Guy, who lives in his trailer full time. I will also be posting camping tips, tricks and recipes, campgrounds, teardrop manufacturers and, of course, lots of photos.

I would love to hear any questions you may have about teardrop trailers and I’ll do my best to address them. Also, please let me know of any teardrop owners or builders who would like to be featured. Here is the link to the blog http://tinyyellowteardrop.blogspot.com/

Photo by Christina Nellemann

By Christina Nellemann for the [Tiny House Blog]

10′ x 12′ Timber Frame

by Jon Anderson

Over the years, I’ve built a few log structures and along the way, timber framing got into my blood. I love the beams, the posts, and the tight fitting joints made by a builder using mortise and tenon.

I remember the first time I viewed the clean lines of a timber frame structure. The frame was draw pinned together with Red Oak pegs that were cut by hand on a shaving horse—I was hooked. And, for framing, you don’t need fancy or high-tech tools—framing square, hand saw, chisel, and auger bit have performed quite well for hundreds of years.

When I decided to build a timber frame, I was clueless in regards to technique. Of course, like always, this didn’t stop me. Normally, I just plod blindly ahead (or in the case of the TV remote—I just mash every button randomly on the four separate remotes that are clearly critical to the operation of my cable system—something is bound to happen). However, in this case I decided to at least gain a basic understanding of the process, as there is a certain liability associated with handing big heavy things, like timbers. So, I read a few books that described traditional timber framing techniques and I took a framing class at the North House Folk School in Grand Marais, Minnesota. Continue reading

Mini Blog on the Tiny House Blog

This is a note to all my regular readers. There is a mini blog located on the Tiny House Blog that I wanted everyone to know about. To the right of this post you will see a “Facebook Like Badge” with mini posts in it. You can use the scroll bar to move down through it. You may think that you have to belong to Facebook to take advantage of it but you don’t. Not everyone wants to join Facebook and I respect that. Inside the badge you will see a mini picture and description and link to a story.

What makes this Badge a mini blog is that I post other links to such things as craigslist ads and other stories on the internet. These may be articles from news sources, posts from other Tiny House blogs and ads for homes for sale, etc. I want you to keep an eye on the badge (mini blog) as I am not able to cover everything happening out there through the Tiny House Blog. I will be removing the Craigslist Page above and ask that you watch this area as well as the usual daily post. Hopefully this will give a broader coverage of everything that is going on.

I hope that this will enhance your experience here at the Tiny House Blog and I want to thank you for your support and loyalty in coming back to visit often. – Kent Griswold