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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Post Number ONE THOUSAND! H.D. Thoreau's Cabin/Walden Pond Photos

Well, first THANK YOU to those who frequent this blog, and especially to those of you who have been here from the very start in 2009, as this is my ONE THOUSANDTH post on

I've been tiny house obsessed and a collector of this niche genre's books since the mid-80s, and it wasn't until MUCH later on via Michael Janzen's blog that I was to "go public" with anything I had previously built or designed  (Janzen, for the record, did a post on my Vermont Cabin)- from there, I then realized, "Wow, there's a whole facet of this movement online now?!". I never knew, and was clueless as to how many other people out there were as equally obsessed with the notion of tiny living as I was. Yes, I'm a little slow when it comes to computers and technology.
     From there, and soon after the initial underground release of my book "Humble Homes, Simple Shacks", I was to make and meet some great, and very supportive, people in the scene, from Kent Griswold, Alex Pino, Lloyd Kahn, Steven Harrell, Andrew Odom, and Joseph Ebsworth, to Jay Shafer, Steve Weissman, Dee Williams, Pepper Clark, Jon Kalish, Christopher Smith, Merete Mueller, Gareth Branwyn, Kevin Harrington, Domenic Mangano, Sage Radachowsky, Ryan Mitchell, and on (the list is huge, and thank you to all of you! If I forgot to plug you here, I'm certain I've plugged/thanked you several times on the blog before, even without your knowing).

   Needless to say, from 60+ videos for my "RelaxshacksDOTcom" channel on youtube, to over a dozen "how-to" videos for Make Magazine, to workshops I've created and hosted, and one's I've done for The Tumbleweed Tiny House Company, its been a great run so far- and I'm still loving every minute of this. Again, thank you all.  -Derek "Deek" Diedricksen

THANK YOU, as well, to all those who supported me and picked up a copy of my book- it held the #1 ranked position on's worldwide ranking for carpentry-related books for almost TWENTY WEEKS. This still blows my mind, and as a result, the publisher (and another) wants another book from me, which I'm already working on. 

Below are some photos I took just last week at Walden Pond in Concord, MA- photos that I feel sum up some of my feelings and attractions to the whole tiny house movement. I've also reattached a video tour I shot at Walden Woods a ways back.

Also, I took some photos nearby of a tiny little shed/cottage that was built by the Shellback Cottage Company- here's a taste- more photos to come!

All photos by Deek