Tiny House Summer Camp 5

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

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Strangely Hypnotic Steam Punk Lamp That Moves.....

'Saw this in Paris at the The Grand Palais at an art show (a few weeks back), and had to take a short little video clip of it. A "kinetic sculptural lamp"? I'm not sure what to call it, but I'm sure Jules Verne would be proud.


Also, a reminder, our "Tiny House Summer Camp 5"- yes FIVE (technically our sixth year as we took the workshop on the road one of the years) is going to be happening at the same ole 10 acre off-grid spread in Northern Vermont.

Cabins, Tree houses, guest speakers, demos, camping, and so much more- over three days!

Did I mention that its all hands-on LIVE building?

-Deek Diedricksen

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Tiny House Summer Camp 5! Orleans, VT

"THSC" is a bonafide blast EVERY year, and it sells out EVERY year, so don't snooze on it.

THIS YEAR- SEPT 15-17th (Fri-Sun)

Hosted by Derek "Deek" Diedricksen (former host of HGTV's "Tiny House Builders" and author of "Microshelters", and "Humble Homes, Simple Shacks")

     It'll be the same price as it always has been for a full three days- with camp sites included too.... and yet again, we'll have not one, but around EIGHT host/teachers, and multiple building and design projects ALL HANDS ON.

We'll announce specifics as things progress, but so many people have asked about the date, that we decided to pre-post the sign-up link so that those people could sign-up before the workshop filled up.

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Workshop is $399 ($99 deposit is required to secure your spot)
PLEASE make sure your calendar is free- no refunds within 30 days of the workshop. 

We are one of the very few fully hands-on workshops in the US- we have been since 2009.

We've taught building workshops from Sydney to Fargo and everywhere in between. Dustin and I have hosted shows and designed for HGTV and The DIY Network, and have been featured in the NY Times, Boston Globe, China Times, The homepage of Yahoo.com, and beyond.

More importantly, these workshops are A LOT of fun, your chance to learn new skills, network with other likeminded people, be inspired, and to learn how to think outside the box.

If you're looking for a slick website and blog page promoting this event, you won't find it here- we're too busy traveling, designing, and building- non-stop. But if you want to have a one of a kind experience with many good and talented people on a 10 acre spread of off-grid land in Northern Vermont, than this is the workshop for you.

ANY questions- newenglandrockpress at gmail

Monday, January 23, 2017

Seattle-area Workshop! --Attention All Tree House/Tiny House Fans!

     So, among 5000 other things we're up to (a new book via Storey Press, a Los Angeles Tiny House Build in a Museum, a Tree house youtube show, and more), we're announcing a very intimate Tree House Workshop (FULLY HANDS-ON), which will parallel MANY facets of TINY HOUSE BUILDING and 101 framing and carpentry. Its a culmination of both worlds.
-May 20th and the 21st-
Monroe Washington (50 miles outside Seattle- this place is GORGEOUS!!!)

Above- A tree house we designed and built in CT for the Make A Wish Foundation
So many of the needed skills to build both tree houses and tiny houses are similar, so this workshop is  a great opportunity for both interest groups to learn, and actually build! 

We're keeping it intentionally small too. This isn't a cattle call in a hotel ballroom, we'll be building 
both outdoors on the site, and in a 3000 square foot barn, and you'll see this from start to completion.


LIMITED to 15 Students (with THREE hosts- ALL from the HGTV series "Tiny House Builders")
That's a host/teacher for every five students- a GREAT ratio!
Hosts are Derek "Deek" Diedricksen, Dustin Diedricksen, and the one simply known as "Shippey"- the DIY pirate of the trees.... 

These aren't wimpy 9-3:30 workshops with two hour lunch breaks and two hours built in for reflection and note-taking, we're all BUILDING together. Each day runs from 10am to 8pm

It'll be FUN! We have MANY students who have signed up for our workshops three, four, even FIVE times, as each project is always very different. People keep coming back, so we're doing something right! 

You'll get to see/tour TWO tiny DIY gypsy wagons and an incredible dome structure on the land- one where we'll hold some of our talks, meetings, and late-night hang outs! 

THIS place! And its HUGE!!! 

Above: for a size reference, that's a BED in the background!

The hosts have been building and designing for well over a decade, and have had their works and designs featured in MANY books, magazine, newspapers, and huge design blogs.

You'll get to see a project to completion in this weekend and get to leave with some great bragging rights photos of what YOU helped build over the weekend!

ABOVE: A recent (smaller) tree house we built in North Carolina with students....

Its for ALL skill levels- we'll walk you through everything!

You are welcome to camp on the premises for the night- no extra charge!

We'll have a pig-out pizza party/hang the first night so that you don't have to worry about leaving for meals that first night. (all other meals are on your own)

Another past Vermont tree house build/workshop 

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The workshop is $295 for the full two day course
(You just have to pay $95 at the link to reserve your spot, and pay the balance when you arrive). 

Each day run approximately TEN HOURS- and then we call it a wrap and hang/discuss things afterwards with QnA time....

Refunds: If you cancel 30 days or more before the workshop, you'll be given a refund.
Anything after that, with notice, will be only given as a rain check for another workshop, or you're welcome to pass on your ticket to someone else.
Anyone who doesn't show, and gives no notice, will not be refunded. 
These are very fair terms. Most other workshops will not offer rain checks out 30-day-out refunds. 

PLEASE make sure you are free on your calendar before you register- it'll save everyone a lot of time and hassle. 

Any addition questions- newenglandrockpress at gmail

21' tall ROBOT tree house we built at yet ANOTHER New England Workshop! 

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

LOS ANGELES Hands-On Tiny House WORKSHOP announced! Feb 3-5!

The Diedricksen Brothers 
(Deek and Dustin from HGTV's "Tiny House Builders")
Los Angeles- February 3-4-5th, 2017 at L.A.'s CAFAM Museum!  

You WILL NOT get that at other workshops.....
Space is limited to 40 students! 

SIGN up BEFORE 12/10 and get $75.00 off the workshop 

A casual "chat" with host Deek Diedricksen....
WHY sign up for our workshop over others? 

Sponsors/Special Thanks! 
Interested in sponsoring this event for your company's visibility? 
(with youtube ad tie-ins)

"B'laster- THE NUMBER ONE penetrant for breaking free rusted parts!"
We use this stuff ALL THE TIME and are glad to be partnering up with them again!