Monday, July 12, 2010

Derek "Deek" Diedrickson now world famous among a small circle of NPR listeners for his tiny structures, also a book, website and three videos

NPR aired a story entitled "Do it yourself Downsizing" which featured Derek "Deek" Diedrickson on June 27, 2010.   Deek is a tiny structure builder, designer, enthusiast and promoter.  His creations feature lots of free cycled materials and clever designs.

His website is Relaxed Shacks aka  He has an independently published book out entitled Humble Homes, Simple Shacks, Ramshackle Retreats, Funky Forts (and whatever the heck else we could squeeze in here), which has the hand drawn look and feel of pre-desktop publishing hippie how to books of the 1970's.  The plastic binding is a nice period touch.

Thus far he's completed three episodes of his web series "Little Yellow House". Thanks to the miracle of embedding here are all three.

Episode One focuses on Deek's Hickshaw, a one person sleeper, green house or office that can be moved by one person or hauled in the bed of a truck.

Episode Two examines his Gypsy Junker made from material discarded at construction sites and other places.  It sleeps 3 but you have to really like each other.  He doesn't have the style of recycling style or interest in fine finish work of Dan Phillips but his enthusiasm is infectious.  I couldn't imagine building a Tumbleweed house myself but something like this is possible.

Episode Three is less about tiny houses and more about the music in the Gypsy Junker and Deek advocating the use of a drum as a multi-purpose piece of furniture.

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