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Tuesday, January 27, 2015 MAY-2015 Tiny House HANDS-ON Building and Design Workshop- CT!

Workshop will be limited to 30 or so attendees.... we want to keep these intimate and make sure you get a lot of personal attention and instruction. 
FRIDAY MAY 1st-3rd Putnam, CT (Providence RI, Hartford, CT, or Worcester, MA are the nearest airports)
Hosted by Derek "Deek" Diedricksen, whose work/design/hosting has appeared on HGTV, The DIY Network, The History Channel, NY Times, and beyond....
With Dustin "Dr. Demolition" Diedricksen (TV's "Tiny House Builders") and MANY MORE tba! 

Flyer art by Kevin Fitzpatrick from
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Alright, its official, and just having trekked out to Connecticut to visit and fully scout the building site, we're good to go, and its going to be one heck of a cool workshop! We're building INSIDE an art gallery (have the whole run of both floors of the place for two days), and building/designing a really cool bolt-together cabin that will be displayed RIGHT in the front window of "The Empty Spaces Project" Gallery right in downtown Putnam, MA. The location couldn't be cooler too- we're within 100 feet of several good restaurants (which might be offering attendees discounts), AND two doors down from a great, super-funky, pub that has live music. We're also about 100 feet from the New England-famous "Nikki's Dog House"- if hot dogs are your thing....  We're RIGHT on a river, near a gorgeous park, in a historic town, WHICH (tiny house-tied) is home to the author of "The Box Car Children"- there's even a little museum there- yes, INSIDE an actual boxcar! 

Its a three day workshop with MANY instructors, guest speakers, hands-on building, collaborative art and decor projects, AND even a live musical guest on night one- which also coincides with the gallery opening for Maltee Sarinan- a VERY talented NYC artist. What we build will also be on-display to the public, and donated to this gallery to help them maintain their space and mission.

LOTS going on, and they'll be long and action-packed days of building (without having to worry about the weather!!)

Below: Video that NPR and Make Magazine did from one of our past workshops in VT (thanks Jon Kalish!)

We'll have the full listed details soon, but for those who know the style and scope of our past workshops, and want to get the jump on signing up, do your thing at the big green link above....  EVERY SINGLE ONE of our past workshops has sold out, so be warned.

THE SPACE.... (upstairs- ALL ours to use!)

FEW workshops offer actual hands-on building too, so this is a GREAT way to learn and have fun. We've also been doing these since 2010, so "this isn't our first rodeo". We're no 9 to 5 class either- our days are long ones, but very eclectic, engaging, and loaded with tutorials from many different teachers. In fact, we've had SEVERAL people take our workshops two or three times JUST for the networking and fun aspects of it, which should speak volumes.

We'll also have a big ice-breaking pizza party, with some initial guest speakers on Friday night of our three day event.... If you can't make Friday, no sweat, we'll get you up to speed on everything the next morning.

COST: Three day, multi-host workshop is $399. Price includes materials, tools, workbooks, pizza party, daily coffee/snacks, Door prizes (books and tool giveaways) and more....

GOT A TINY HOUSE? SUPER COOL MICRO SHELTER ON WHEELS? Let us know- we'd love to have you out, and potentially even shoot a fun tour video of it for our youtube channel. We'll feed you and kick you gas money, etc in turn too....

NOTE: REFUNDS- FULL refund up until March 31st (one month prior), beyond that, you'll get a rain check to any other future workshop we do under the Relaxshacks banner (that we run, etc). Its worked out well in the past, as you still get your money's worth. Regardless, PLEASE make sure you can make it before you sign up.... if you do that, there should be no problem.

WANT TO SPONSOR US? You'll appear in our related videos/tours for the event (we reach A LOT of people), and we'll include you on the display placards, hang a banner, AND work you into our blog and press- contact Deek via kidcedar at

THE SPACE (from the street)


Derek "Deek" Diedricksen
Dustin "Dr. Demolition" Diedricksen
Palo Coleman
Martin Skrelunas
Ethan Waldman
Kari Cooper
and more TBA! 

-Derek "Deek" Diedricksen