Saturday, February 26, 2011

Gypsy Junker, Tumble Weed Houses, Bodega, Weebie

Blog post by Tina Winterlik
Feb 26/2011
The Gypsy Junker, one of four structures Derek Diedricksen built at his home in Stoughton, Mass.
Published: February 23, 2011

A HOUSE tour is the highlight of a visit with a proud homeowner, but when one drops in to see Derek Diedricksen, who makes playful micro-shelters out of junk, it is less so. Possibly because the temperature up here on a cold winter day is less so, possibly because his square footage is less so.

At about 24 square feet, the Gypsy Junker, made primarily out of shipping pallets, castoff storm windows and a neighbor’s discarded kitchen cabinets, is the largest of Mr. Diedricksen’s backyard structures. The Hickshaw, a sleeper built on a rolling cedar lounge chair (or as Mr. Diedricksen calls it, “a rickshaw for hicks”), is considerably smaller, at 2 1/2 feet wide by 6 1/2 feet deep. The Boxy Lady, two cubes on a long pallet, is the smallest: 4 feet tall at its highest point. Read More Here

He's written a book

Tiny Yellow House featuring Jay Shafer of Tumbleweed Tiny House Company

Deek interviews Jay Shafer who owns Tumbleweed Tiny House Company, one of the leading resources in the tiny house movement. Since 1997, Jay has been building tiny homes for himself and helping countless others build homes that get rid of excess or unused space.

Host Derek "Deek" Diedricksen explores a "Hickshaw" he built, as the pilot episode kicks off a look into the world of tiny structures that can be used for a variety of purposes. 

In this follow-up episode, Host Derek "Deek" Diedricksen gives a tour of his mini-cabin/house built out of recycled junk (from dumpster diving/repurposing) and curbside materials.....with a guitar tease/appearance from Age Against The Machine/Anklelock/Any Given Enemy guitarist Bill Bracken Jr. who appears in the subsequent Tiny Rehearsal Space Episode (#3 with doumbek and cajon solos, van halen, nirvana, journey, and rage tunes galore- acoustically!- coming REAL soon...). Filmed by Steven Sherrick of Obscure Knowledge Productions


Tumble Weed Tiny House Company

These ideas are so cool and fit right in with my Sustainable Urban Housing ideas that go with my ideas for The Changemakers Competition- Edible Schoolyards and Cob Houses.