By Dan Price
In 1990, I moved back to my home state of Oregon intent on living in a tipi and getting rid of mortgages or rent. I looked for a suitable piece of property for months and finally located a 2 acre meadow next to the Wallowa River near the town of Joseph. The owners agreed that I could set up a tipi there in exchange for clearing downed trees and repairing the fence lines. A few months later I moved out of a small room up town and into the tipi full time. I spent three seasons in that 16 ft tipi.
In order to simplify, I sold the tipi and built a 9 ft X12ft red willow hut, complete with carpeting and blanket door and proceeded to live in that space for 2 years. Luckily I was able to put in underground electricity early on so was able to have lights and a small heater which helped in the winter months. The came a time when my Moonlight Chronicle zine got a corporate sponsorship from Simple Shoes in California and I spent the next 4 years mostly traveling around drawing and writing.
Back in the meadow I took down the hut and would erect a 4-season mountain tent when staying there. Eventually I built a tiny building (6 ft X10 ft) and lived in it for a year or so until it got robbed. I lost $5000 worth of cameras and computers!
So I dug into the hill side and made a tiny (8 ft) underground room with a skylight. This structure is basically burglar proof and I enjoy the coziness of such a small space, which is also easy to heat and cool. I have now been in the “Hobbit House” for almost 10 years.
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I would say that it may give our planet a big, much needed rest if more people choose to scale down on their living spaces. For me the old saying “Less is More” has become a motto. Less always makes me a happier human.