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.

EL Tule- Oaxaca City, Oaxaca

Blog post by Tina Winterlik
Feb 26/2011

El Árbol del Tule (Spanish for "the Tule Tree") is a tree located in the church grounds in the town center of Santa María del Tule in the Mexican state of Oaxaca, approximately 9 km east of the city of Oaxaca on the road to Mitla. It is a Montezuma Cypress (Taxodium mucronatum), or Ahuehuete (meaning "old man of the water" in Nahuatl). It has the stoutest trunk of any tree in the world. In 2001 it was placed on a UNESCO tentative list of World Heritage Sites.[1]

In 2005, its trunk had a circumference of 36.2 m (119 ft), equating to a diameter of 11.62 m (38.1 ft),[2] a slight increase from a measurement of 11.42 m (37.5 ft) m in 1982.[3] However, the trunk is heavily buttressed, giving a higher diameter reading than the true cross-sectional of the trunk represents; when this is taken into account, the diameter of the 'smoothed out' trunk is 9.38 m (30.8 ft).[2] This is still slightly larger than the next most stout tree known, a Giant Sequoia with a 8.98 m (29.5 ft) diameter.[4]

The height is difficult to measure due to the very broad crown; the 2005 measurement, made by laser, is 35.4 m (116 ft),[2] shorter than previous measurements of 41–43 m (135–141 ft).[3] According to the signboard by the tree (see gallery, below), it has a total volume of 816.829 m3 and a weight of 636.107 t (701.188 short tons); these figures are however not independently verified, and given the same signboard's claim of a girth of 58 m (190 ft), must be treated with suspicion.

It is so large that it was originally thought to be multiple trees, but DNA tests have proven that it is only one tree.[5] This does not rule out another hypothesis, which states that it comprises multiple trunks from a single individual.[6]

The age is unknown, with estimates ranging between 1,200 and 3,000 years, and even one claim of 6,000 years;[6][7] the best scientific estimate based on growth rates is 1,433-1,600 years.[8]

Local Zapotec legend holds that it was planted about 1,400 years ago by Pechocha, a priest of Ehecatl, the Aztec wind god, in broad agreement with the scientific estimate; its location on a sacred site (later taken over by the Roman Catholic Church) would also support this.[6][7]

The tree is occasionally nicknamed the "Tree of Life" from all the images of animals that are reputedly visible in the tree's gnarled trunk.

As part of an official project local schoolchildren give tourists a tour of the tree and show all manners of creatures that the trunk features, including jaguars and elephants. Read More Here

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Photography and video by Tina Winterlik- Adventurez in Mexico
© 2011- El Tule - Photographer Tina Winterlik- Adventurez in Mexico

© 2011- El Tule - Photographer Tina Winterlik- Adventurez in Mexico

© 2011- El Tule - Photographer Tina Winterlik- Adventurez in Mexico

Santa Domingo Church in Oaxaca City

Blog post by Tina Winterlik
Feb 26/2011

The beautiful Santa Domingo Church in Oaxaca City.

The Church and former monastery of Santo Domingo de Guzmán (Spanish: Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzmán) is a baroque ecclesiastical building complex in Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico.

The complex includes a substantial sanctuary and an extensive system of courtyards, cloisters and rooms that formerly constituted the monastery

As its name implies, the church and monastery were founded by the Dominican Order. Begun in 1570, they were constructed over a period of 200 years, between the 16th and 18th centuries. The monastery was active from 1608 to 1857. In the period of the revolutionary wars, the buildings were turned over to military use, and from 1866 to 1902 they served as a barracks.

The church was restored to religious use in 1938, but the monastery was made available to the Universidad Autónoma Benito Juárez de Oaxaca. In 1972 it became a regional museum, and in 1993 the decision was taken to undertake a full restoration. This was completed in 1999.

It is an exceptional example of conservation architecture. The architect responsible was Juan Urquiaga.

The church has also been fully restored. Its highly decorated interior includes use of more than 60,000 sheets of 23.5-karat gold leaf. Read more here

Oaxaca- Tomzap

© 2010 Tina Winterlik Photography

Visit Oaxaca City

Blog post by Tina Winterlik
Feb 26/2011

Come visit Oaxaca with us as we watch a parade in the Zocalo, Angel gets her face painted, check out all the local shops, ride a pony in front of the Beautiful Santa Domingo and eat Marzipan treats for Semana Santa. March 2010

Zipolite- February 2010

Blog post by Tina Winterlik
Feb 26/2011

Check out the iguanas, gorgeous waves and incredible sunsets. Watch Angel playing on the sand and saying goodbye to all our favorite places in Zipolite in Feb 2010

Huatulco & Zipolite

Blog post by Tina Winterlik
Feb 26/2011

Join Adventurez in Mexico for a quick trip to Huatulco, Hanging out in Zipolite in the hammock, playing with kittens and more