A Short History of Wood at Lost Art Press

August 25th, 2014

By Tobin Dimmitt
Daniel Mhiceaire’s “History of Wood” series has it all: dry silliness, capital letters, and enough historical knowledge to make you want to at least look up the times he covers. Mhiceaire covers an epic timeline going all the way back to the Fertile Crescent. So far he’s gotten almost up to St. Patrick’s days in Dark Ages Ireland. Each entry is short. The series is 15 entries strong and counting. I suggest you begin with Part 3 to get the feel for Mhiceaire’s humor. Never heard of Danile Mhiceaire before? It’s Daniel McDara from Lost Art Press. Mhiceaire is more historical. He spells it differently every entry.
Let the Epic Timelines Ensue

Where Nobody Can Afford a Fire Extinguisher, Here Is a $1 Pocket Solution

August 22nd, 2014


I’m not telling you to use this fire extinguisher in your tiny house. But yes, I did put this video after two tiny house posts to get you to think about living in small spaces. In the Phillipines, a huge sector of the population lives in minimalist households, not by choice. They live in scrap wood homes that are built close together. They also can’t afford the fire extinguishers we use here. Imagine a single candle burning down your tiny house… and all your neighbors’ tiny houses. Disasters still happen here. It happens more where nobody can afford to protect their homes. Now thousands more people will. And as for you, don’t forget to check your smoke alarms and get a fire extinguisher that is up to code.
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Chemical Free Tiny House Tour

August 22nd, 2014

TreeHugger is touring Corinne Segura’s chemical-free tiny house. Corinne suffers from reactions to most chemicals used in home building and decided to custom build a house based on the Leaf House. She has her own blog that is serving as a resource. Tour Corinne’s home if you like wood, Lloyd Alter, or innovative architecture.
It’s beautiful so far

$1200 Tiny A-frame Relax Shack

August 22nd, 2014

What was that I was saying about debt-free living? I think I claimed that an $18,000 tiny house was supposed to be cheap. Here is a $1,200 A-frame designed by Deek, David Stiles, and Joe Everson. Available through Relax Shacks, the cabin has a charming minimalist interior that expands when you open one side.
Learn more at the Relax Shacks blog

Bacon-Powered Motorcycle from Hormel Bacon

August 21st, 2014


Animal-based transportation is an environmentally friendly alternative to cars, but it’s a big jump from a car to a horse and buggy, isn’t it? Then again, who said you had to give up the engine? Hormel Bacon is running a motorcycle and using bacon fat as biofuel. See? You should always save your bacon fat!
Via Scott Sutherland on the Weather Network

Displaying Baked Goods: The Yummiest Use of Shaker Furniture

August 21st, 2014

It’s a full tour at Jason Lees Design instead of his usual single highlight. The Marla Bakery, designed by Tall Glass Architecture, is using the welcoming warmth of wood furniture. Part Shaker, part minimalist contemporary, the classic pieces hint at the very human goods the bakery sells.
Click to stare at furniture… or pastries!

Repeat Antiques

August 21st, 2014

Mark Firley stopped in at a familiar antique mall; it’s neat to see how the same items get new functions when new dealers pick them up, like the gout stool turned juicer. So that’s how people used to juice. That looks hard. Finally, go see the hutch. It’s been around and I bet it looks more beautiful than it did the day it was made.
Setting the Furniture Record straight

Number Fifty-Three Charming Home Tour

August 20th, 2014

Town and Country Living is touring the Number Fifty-Three house. The home has eleclectic decor of classic pieces that look elegant without breaking the bank. It looks like a fun house to live in, without being in-your-face bohemian. Jennifer’s commentary points out the most interesting features of Angela’s home.

Fiesta Ware at the Old Country House

August 20th, 2014


cherry with saddle stain

Check out Lesli DeVito’s dishes. They were a gift from her mother 25 years ago. They also have lasting power, as they are hard to break and simply designed. As those colors will be beautiful forever, I would call Lesli’s dishes an heirloom for their own reasons. Lesli loves to match her dishes with a colorful house but they look gorgeous in her white cupboard. I would love to see them against a classic wood table in a stain like our “Saddle”.
Dish shoot

Greenville, South Carolina Unveils ONE City Plaza Designed by Civitas

August 20th, 2014


Despite being a large public project, One City Plaza has elements you might want to consider for your outdoor space. I like the crescent moon flower beds. The primary colored cafe tables (and plug) are fun and welcoming. This ribbon cutting video shows off the plaza’s best features. If you want to skip straight to the best features of the plaza, go to 1:42.
I recommend the photo tour at World Landscape Architecture