“Yarnbombed” Poets Shack

by Kent Griswold on September 11th, 2013. 11 Comments

The “Yarnbombed” Poets Shack will be raffled for Vermont chef and poet with cancer.

In a remarkable display of support, over 40 people in Southern Vermont have built a tiny cabin—the Poets Shack— to raise funds for Carol Adinolfi, a Bennington chef, educator, and poet, undergoing treatment for life-threatening lymphoma. Dozens of fiber artists donated brightly colored knit and crochet circles and squares and “yarnbombed” the entire exterior of the tiny house. Also included were poems, in the form of QR codes within the yarnbombed fabric, which can be listened to on a mobile device.

Threshold Collaborative, an oral history project, and the Southern Vermont Bombshells, a fiber art group that includes Amy Anselmo, Trish Weill, Abi Gregorio, and Caroline Schneider, are coordinating the project.

After moving to Vermont in 2006, Adinolfi founded “Blooming Chefs,” a program that teaches public school children how to grow and cook healthy food. This program also incorporates creative writing and visual art to encourage self expression in children. Carol considers it an honor to have worked as an educator in Vermont for many years.

The Poets Shack can be visited by the pond at Clearbrook Farm, an organic farm and farmstand in Shaftsbury, Vermont. The inside of the cozy shack is decorated simply with vintage accessories: an oak writing desk, a yarnbombed chair, a manual typewriter, and books of poetry. Visitors can step into the cabin to write a poem and then tack it on the wall alongside dozens of others—many dedicated to Adinolfi—or create poems with Magnetic Poetry. Classic and current poetry is featured on the exterior of the shack with work by poets and spoken word artists such as: Walt Whitman, Robert Frost, Clara Rose Thornton, Jory Michelson, and Mary Reufle. The shack also features an extensive poetry lending library.

The shack itself was built by Randy Anselmo and Forrest Matthews, mostly of reclaimed 100-year-old barn wood donated by John and Suzanne Ottomanelli. It measures seven feet wide, eight feet deep, and about ten feet tall. A hand-blown glass rondelle window, made by Andrew Weill of Manchester Hot Glass, is installed over the door.

Adinolfi received a stem cell transplant in Julyand the Poetry Shack is being raffled to raise funds for her ongoing treatment and recovery. “It would make a wonderful backyard writing retreat, studio, potting shed, or playhouse,” says Amy Anselmo, who can be contacted directly for raffle tickets at amy@vermontiki.com or 802.447.7959. Raffle tickets are also available at Hawkins House Craftsmarket, the Wallomsac Farmers’ Market, and Spice ’N Nice Natural Foods in Bennington, Vermont; in North Bennington at Whitman’s Feed Store, Powers Market, and Lake Paran; and in Shaftsbury at Clearbrook Farm. Tickets are $30 each or 4 for $100. The winner will be responsible for picking up or covering the transportation cost of the shack. If the winner is local to Southern Vermont, the organizers can help arrange the transportation logistics.

Poet’s Shack raffle tickets can also be purchased by check, made payable to the Bone Marrow Foundation with “Carol Adinolfi – Raffle” in the memo line; or online via Carol Adinolfi’s One-to-One page (http://bonemarrow.org/financial-assistance/one-to-one-funds/participants/carol-adinolfi/) with “Raffle” included in the notes field.

The drawing will be held at “Ciderfest” the annual end of season potluck party at Clearbrook Farm the last Saturday in September. For more information about Clearbrook Farm please visit: www.clearbrookfarm.com

For more information, please contact Amy Anselmo: amy@vermontiki.com, 802.447.7959 or visit www.thresholdcollaborative.org

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September 11th, 2013and filed in Tiny House Concept
Tags: cabin, poets, raffle, shack, tiny, vermont, Yarnbombed

VPR’s Livin’ Small: The Tiny House Movement

by Kent Griswold on July 16th, 2013. 2 Comments

Patti Daniels from VPR, Vermont’s News Source asks the question: “Could you live in a tiny house? And we mean really tiny, between 64 and 300 square feet. These small structures have been called economical, environmentally friendly, sustainable, and even cute. Friday on Vermont Edition will be listening back to some of our favorite interviews of the last year, starting with an exploration of the tiny house movement and why people choose to downsize so drastically.”

Listen to the answer on the VPR website here: http://digital.vpr.net/post/livin-small-tiny-house-movement

This photo 2012 shows a "tiny" house April Anson built in Portland, Ore. The 19-foot-by-8-foot structure was built on a heavy metal trailer chassis. Credit AP Photo/Courtesy of April Anson close

This photo 2012 shows a “tiny” house April Anson built in Portland, Ore. The 19-foot-by-8-foot structure was built on a heavy metal trailer chassis. Credit AP Photo/Courtesy of April Anson close

Tiny House Fair

by Christina Nellemann on February 11th, 2013. 11 Comments

The Yestermorrow Design/Build School in Vermont will be hosting the first ever Tiny House Fair June 14-16, 2013. The fair will include presentations on tiny houses from Jay Shafer of Tumbleweed and Four Lights Tiny House Company and Deek Diedrickson of Relaxshacks as well as workshops on how to design and build a tiny house, finish carpentry, using recycled materials, alternative power, composting toilets and creating a community.


Registration is open to the first 100 people who sign up and the $300 cost will include all workshops, presentations and meals. Cabin lodging on the Yestermorrow campus will also be available for $50 for two nights. Participants may also camp on-site for $20 for two nights and the lodging will be free if you bring your own tiny house or camper. Off-campus lodging includes a hostel and several hotels and bed and breakfasts.

Yestermorrow offers over 150 hands-on courses per year in design, construction, woodworking, and architectural craft including a variety of courses concentrating in sustainable design and green building. Operating as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization since 1980, Yestermorrow is one of the only design/build schools in the country, teaching both design and construction skills. Our 1-day to 3-week hands-on courses are taught by top architects, builders, and craftspeople from across the country.


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Photos by Yestermorrow Design/Build School and George Soules with David Cain.

Tiny House in a Landscape

by Kent Griswold on February 1st, 2013. 13 Comments

A tiny, abandoned farm cabin/shack in the snow…And some other snow shots for the heck of it – all up in Vermont where I’ve hosted workshops…these are pix I’ve been taking and collecting for the eventual follow-up to “Humble Homes, Simple Shacks.” The new book will be quite a bit different though with some full-out n’ funky plans. Some from guest architects too (a few of which I really look up to – David Stiles, for one). -Deek (Derek) Diedricksen

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