Tiny House Summer Camp 5

Friday, July 7, 2017

THIS tiny house workshop is actually HANDS-ON!

So even though the workshop is already over half sold out (just based on past reviews, word of mouth, and people re-attending from previous years), we can now slowly unveil some of the speakers we have trekking out to the woods of Vermont to give talks, live demos, and to build alongside you.

Tiny House Summer Camp 5 (which we began in 2010) is hosted by Derek and Dustin Diedricksen (Hosts of HGTV's "Tiny House Builders" and authors of the book "Microshelters") and takes place on ten off grid acres in Northern Vermont- Orleans, to be exact.

If you'd like to sign up and learn more- head HERE

     "We basically didn't want to have anything to do with hotel-ballroom-slideshow-workshops- we just didn't feel they were inspiring or as effective. These workshops are fully hands-on and are just packed with eclecticism- from Japanese techniques, and salvage-based building, to tiny house trailer-build approaches, and MUCH more. We even have broadened the whole extended weekend with solar cooking demos (from Solavore), to daily wild edible walks and wilderness survival talks (at one particular station) from Matt Gabriel- aka youtube's "AnimalManSurvivor". At any given time there are THREE live builds too, and then demos and side focus talks and classes you can choose to attend at will. Oh yeah, its not just some wimpy 9-4 class either- we run it 9am until 10 or 11pm, when our nighttime bonfire talks and demos come to a close."     -Deek Diedricksen

As for who was just added?

Well, coming all the way out from San Francisco, we're proud to announce the inclusion of Joshua and Shelley Engberg of "Tiny House Basics"!

Joshua and Shelley are not only designers and builders, but they run a trailer building company (specifically for tiny houses) AND are tiny house dwellers. Check THEM out at http://www.tinyhousebasics.com 

Their own tiny house will be featured in the upcoming sequel-book to "Microshelters" and is just gorgeous.

If you want to be able to pick the brain of two legitimate and experienced tiny house gurus, here is your chance! You'll be camping, building, and perhaps even sharing a cocktail or two with them for a full three day weekend.

We have about TEN guest speakers and builders- and we'll be announcing more of them soon! 

Check out Deek's Book "Microshelters" Here:

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

THREE Gorgeous Tiny House School Bus Conversions!


     Honestly, while I haven't stepped into a ton of school bus conversions (aka "Skoolies"), and have only featured a handful on this channel, this particular one still stands as one of the nicer ones I've seen. Having recently just returned from New Jersey and the Tiny House Festival that took place in Augusta (where I was a guest speaker) I figured I should share this one ASAP.
     From its simple yet attractive interior, to the full stove and range, full sized refrigerator, and given the fact that its all run on a solar/photovoltaic system(!), there is a lot of inspiration to be gleaned from this skoolie. Owner Michael Fuehrer and his father, the duo responsible for the rehab, did a fantastic job, as you'll see...

     School bus conversions just might be a great option when seeking a tiny and mobile life- the watertight shell of a secondhand bus is your starting point, giving you the advantage of a dry work space, security, and even lockable storage as you build.

     Not that long ago, I also had the chance to tour two other skoolies/converted school buses- both of them in the Atlanta, Georgia area.... check out these tours as well.....

And.... one of the first ones I ever set foot in (which will also be featured in my upcoming follow-up to the book "Microshelters"...

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-Derek "Deek" Diedricksen

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

A NEW Seattle-area Tree House Airbnb Rental On The Scene....

If glamping is your thing, here's a little something that I designed, and that we built with a group of workshop students just a couple weeks ago. This tree house stands at 22' tall, is fronted with a clear wall of tuftex, features a sleep loft, and sleeps three. Its located on the "Mountain Views Bed and Breakfast" compound in Monroe, WA (run by Tracy Rice and about an hour outside Seattle) and stands next to another tree house rental, and two tiny-house-like gypsy wagons that are also rentable.

Check out the lil' video we shot while there. This one was filmed at 6am on Day 5 of our stay there, so you can hear the fatigue in my voice.

All in all, it was an incredibly fun weekend, with a great group of students and even with a few tiny house dwellers/guest who stopped by to say hello.

Our next workshop will be "Tiny House Summer Camp 5" 
September 15-17th, 2017- in Orleans, VT on Deek's 10 acre off-grid spread...
Its another Diedricksen brothers workshop with guest tiny house builders, dwellers, bloggers, designers, and more! Attendees are welcome to camp out, and we'll have talks, demos, and discussions at night by a bon fire. We'll also work on several builds all at once and each student will be encouraged to cycle through each group so as to learn as many new skills and techniques as possible!

If interested, here's the link....

-Derek "Deek" Diedricksen

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Seattle's FREE TO SEE 18' Troll Statue!?

I always wanted to visit the "Fremont Troll" statue near Seattle, and finally did! -en route to a recent Diedricksen Brothers hands-on tree house workshop we taught. The next class is next weekend, right outside Boston! Here's the link... http://relaxshacks.blogspot.com/2017/05/boston-ma-tree-house-workshop-wdeek.html

As for the troll, it was created in 1990 by an art team known as "The Jersey Devils" and has become a very popular tourist attraction in Seattle, Washington. Its 18' tall, clutches a REAL Volkswagen Beetle car, and draws in slews of tourists daily. 

Check out the tour to get the full scope on this rather funky, weird, and fun public art piece. 

File under: Free things to do in Seattle, WA

-Derek "Deek" Diedricksen

Monday, May 15, 2017

Father and Son build a $2000 DIY Camper....

Lately I've been trying to catch up on editing the videos and tours that I've filmed, while ALSO prepping for the hands-on TINY HOUSE SUMMER CAMP 5 workshop, AND a tree house build and design workshop near Boston, MA (June 10-11th- 2017). The problem is that I've traveled so much, and shot so many videos in the last year or two, that its so very hard to get any of them done before new content is being worked on.

In any case, here's a cool little short on a father and son (Wayne, and his son Neil Burnham) that I met at the Eatonton, GA Tiny House Festival earlier this year. 

This camper, as you'll see, was built for around $2000, and more importantly, Wayne talks about the perils of NOT re-tightening your lug nuts after long-period builds. 

(AND for those interested in the HANDS-ON two day tree house workshop- 5 slots left- newenglandrockpress at gmail). This will be held in Stoughton, MA- 15 miles from Boston, MA. 

Also, be sure to subscribe to our channel at: https://www.youtube.com/user/relaxshacksDOTcom/featured

Wayne and Neil ALSO showed us this cool little DIY welded rocket stove they were using while camping at the festival....

-Derek "Deek" Diedricksen 

Monday, May 8, 2017

Deek's NEW Odd-Travel Channel- (why the heck not?)

So while I'm not going anywhere in regards to tiny houses and tree houses, I also am enamored with "Roadside America", odd tourist attractions, hidden gems, and free things to do. I never really knew where to put these photos and videos I often have shot on my road trips to film those tiny houses you might have seen (over 330 videos now), so I finally figured I'd start another side channel to house these little videos, excursions and "vlog-like road blurbs" (kinda fun to say out loud!)

Its also fun to start new ventures from the ground up and see what, or what doesn't, become of them. Its similar to the excitement of starting a new band with a whole new lineup of ideas and members. Well somewhat....  (and for those who don't know, I front a politically-charged hardcore band too.... http://www.facebook.com/inverterboston 

Sure, there are a TON of channels like this already, and damn good ones, but truth be told, I felt I needed another video outlet, mainly for the fun of it, as tiny house tours are now being done by EVERYONE and their grandmother, and youtube-wise, its almost getting played out (to death). It seems there is a new "Tiny House ________" channel every other week as of the last year or so, run by some young, cute, tech savvy, $8.00 coffee drinking, hipster who seems to not even know all that much about tiny houses or design- and thats cool, really, but its served to not only spread the scene, but dilute it in a way as well. I've seen some great new channels and videos, and I've also seen some total crap- but perhaps we're ALL guilty of that at times. So while I'll keep traveling and filming tiny dwellings, tree houses, and houseboats, I'll also be on the lookout for roadside oddities.

"ODDUsa" is the name of the channel, and if you'd be so kind, you can subscribe at this link....

As of now, we have a whopping 26 subscribers! ("Look Ma! Top of the world!")
"RelaxshacksDOTcom", my other channel has 130,000- http://www.youtube.com/relaxshacksDOTcom

Family Friendly (mostly) Funky Finds and "Fings" to do- that's the basic idea. None of this will go viral, but again, I'll have a good time doing it when I have the time, and it'll serve to hone by editing and shooting skills for another project I have in mind down the road. You'll see....

-Derek "Deek" Diedricksen

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Boston, MA Tree House Workshop w/Deek Diedricksen and guests!

     So its not only official, but its going to be intimate! We're limiting this one to TWELVE attendees, and will have THREE hosts who have built at our various workshops and/or were part of our crew on the HGTV show that Diedricksen hosted, "Tiny House Builders".

This workshop is led by Derek "Deek" Diedricksen- former HGTV host and designer, Author of the bestselling book "Microshelters", and full time tree house building and designer. His work has appeared in over a dozen books, on various television shows, and in several countries.

This, unlike most other workshops, is FULLY HANDS-ON!

SIGN UP HERE: Click the link

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-You will build
-You will learn a ton!
-IT WILL be fun
-You will go home with some awesome photos of what you build over the weekend

Two FULL DAYS- June 10th and 11th 2017 in Stoughton, MA (a hair across the border in Brockton actually).
Day One- 9am to 9 pm
Day Two- 10am to 7 pm

Start to finish, we'll construct a cool, funky, creative tree house that will implement many techniques concerned with...

-Building LIGHT vs. strength (keeping both in mind)
-Building with budget ideas- saving money
-Incorporating Salvage and repurposed materials into the design
-Decorating on an extreme budget
-How to safely attach a structure to trees
-Tree selection
-And so much more!

The two day course is $195 (discounted because we have a backing sponsor)
IMPORTANT! You'll hold your spot with a $40 deposit (non-refundable, so make sure you CAN attend), and the balance will be paid on arrival the day of the workshop.

ANY questions- NewEnglandRockPress@gmail.com

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Solar Cooking with the Solavore Oven ("Moron's Meatloaf" recipe)

     So one thing I've always loved dabbling with- solar cooking. In fact, I own a few solar cookers, and again, we'll be bring them up for a demo (and for attendees to use) at "Tiny House Summer Camp 5" in Northern, Vermont. This is a fully HANDS-ON building and design workshop, with camping, guest speakers, live demos, several building projects we tackle as a team, a guest tiny house or two, cabin and tree house tours, bonfire discussions, and more!

If interested- you can check out the sign-up page HERE

Anyway, here's a lil' HOW-TO recipe video I shot the other day- one showing how I make an Italian Meatloaf...

I show it being cooking in a SOLAVORE solar over, but if using a conventional oven, you cook the dish at 350 for 30 minutes, then add sauce and oregano to the top, and cook for another 20 minutes. The ingredients in the video are very straight forward.

   -Derek Diedricksen

If you might be interested in a Solavore oven- here's the link to check them out. I really enjoyed using this one, and love that it can cook more than one dish at once!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

"The Eldon"- Check out this AMAZING tiny house conversion bus!

     The Georgia Tiny House Festical in Eatonton 2017- what can I say? It was fantastic. Dustin and I were amongst some of the guest speakers at the event, we got to check out almost twenty tiny houses (and shot video tours of most of them), hung with some great friends and builders, and even went for a helicopter ride. No complaints here- John Kernohan and Fin did a great job. It was such a diverse environment, people-wise, architecturally, and beyond- which was so cool to see (and be a part of). We made a ton of new friends as well.


You'll see PLENTY of these videos soon- and PLEASE do subscribe if you don't want to miss any of the tours/action!

Anyway, this "skoolie" or bus conversion was fantastic- a "chameleon", as I call them. There was nothing so flashy on the outside, but the inside was pure "Wow". This tiny house bus on wheels even has a cool custom bar built into it! And check out their dog "Cilantro" in the tour- she steals the show!

-Derek "Deek" Diedricksen

Monday, March 27, 2017

Odd Decor- Big Weird DINO art for your living room?

So I love killing time (when I have any- I'm working on a tiny house book follow-up to "Microshelters" right now) and surfing Etsy, Ebay, and other sites- just looking for ideas, daydreaming, and perusing stuff I really don't need, but kinda want.

My wife wouldn't be down with half the decor I'm into, but she's pretty much a tolerant saint in that our house is already adorned with some pretty weird "stuff"..... homemade art, bizarre yard sale paintings, funky and odd shaped colored glass vases, weirder trinkets, mid century modern lamps, and god knows what else. Anyway, it doesn't stop me from "window shopping" here and there. I DO easily get bored of the wall-art we have and often want to change it, which doesn't help.....

So here's the latest things I've been drooling over....
I'm rehabbing a tiny house soon too, and it need some MEGA-HELP with style and fun decor, so this also gives me an excuse to start "looking".

This first one above is from Etsy- from the seller "TypePosters"

I also love this Joel Henriques art piece ( http://www.madebyjoel.com ). It sold long ago, but the colors and look are just FUN!

And piece #3, well, I own it. Its from Gabe Felice- a great Pittsburgh area artist. So take this one off the wish list! ;)

-Derek "Deek" Diedricksen