SPECIAL GUEST - DEE WILLIAMS From Portland, Oregon, Ms. Williams is one of the early pioneers of tiny house living and has written the book, "The Big Tiny, A Built-it Myself Memoir." Dee will share her story and advice about how to build and live in your own tiny house.
Greg Allen Introduction to natural building & building a cob outdoor oven. Hands-on workshop
GREG ALLEN BIO Through a meandering path begun in childhood of Legos, art, mathematics, and design, I have been directed into the world of natural building. I have great faith in the order of nature, and enjoy spending most of my time outdoors. Building, creating, gardening, pottery, woodworking, exploring the forest and pond, cooking, cycling, reading, and raising my son are all of great interest to me. In 2008, the Cob Cottage Company Apprenticeship program drew me out to Oregon for four months. Since then, I have been building and teaching workshops in central North Carolina; as of 2014, I have a home base here in rural Snow Camp from which our building school operates and my homestead lies. I have a drive to understand how things work and take great inspiration from being around people who choose to make for themselves what they want and need. Working alongside people as they realize that craft and creation are well within their reach is my favorite part of natural building workshops.
Moose Barry Building arches and domes using hand pressed earth blocks and soil bag techniques Hands-on workshop
Moose, as most people call him, is a passionate advocate of Ecological Design and Building. Moose grew up with earth dwellings and thatch roofs in his native village in Casamance, Senegal, West Africa. In 1985, his cousin, a Senegalese architect, introduced him to the concept of Compressed Earth Blocks. He fell in love with the technology.
His passion of ecological design, food production and transformation led him to study under world renown teachers like Jerome Osentowski (Permaculture -CRMPI) Satprem Maini (Compressed Earth Block Arches, Vaults and Domes – Auroville Earth Institute, India), Will Allen (Urban Intensive Food Production – Growing Power, USA) and Sandor Katz (Food Fermentation – USA).
With a Non Profit Organization he is developing (Moose Ecological Design Solutions), he is working on giving back to people of West Africa by sharing skills in Earth building and Permaculture. He co-taught the first Permaculture course in Senegal during the Third International Eco-City Conference held in Dakar-Yoff, in 1996. He believes in simple and low-tech solutions to our shelter, food and energy challenges.
Jeff Gannon Compressed Earth Block Building: Concepts and Practices Hands-on workshop
Jeff is an arborist, licensed N.C. General Contractor, and the visionary behind Dig Southeast. Through his company, Jeff focuses on developing, educating, and using sustainable building practices to restore the earth that is inevitably disturbed during the building process. He is an innovator in the use of natural, reclaimed and recycled building materials, and believes that the built environment must exists in harmony with the natural environment it occupies. Jeff also teaches Green Building and Renewable Energy at Central Carolina Community College in Pittsboro, NC.
Harvey Harman Building codes, zoning requirements and legal issues Hiring a contractor vs. being your own contractor Panel/Presentation/Demonstration
Harvey is a licensed building and plumbing contractor with a passion for empowering people to build their own shelters. He writes and publishes the "Small House Institute Newsletter" and is a cofounder of Living Well Community and Living Well Earth Stewards. Harvey works as the Construction Director for Chatham Habitat for Humanity and in his spare time farms and designs small houses.
John Williams Shipping Container House Tiny House Builder Hands-on workshop
John Williams is originally from Iowa and moved to Kernersville in 1995. His passion for living a simpler life and creating sustainable structures began as a child when he would build tree houses and even lived in an abandoned underground fresh water reservoir as a curious teenager. In 1979, John designed and built award-winning Passive Solar Earth Sheltered Housing, now commonly known as Green Roofs. John continues to pioneer the reawakening of urban and rural homesteading focusing on self-reliance and sustainable simplicity. John is the organizer of Sustainable Simplicity, Camp Tiny House of the Triad NC, and co-organizer of Triangle Tiny House.
John offers solutions to address specific needs about housing. He works as consultant and custom tiny house builder. John's vision of Spaces & Places doesn't stop at Tiny Houses; he is actively involved with Tree Houses, Bus Conversions, Tiny House Boats, Green Roof Tiny Houses, Eco-Pods, multi-functional Bunkers; Storm Shelters; Safe Rooms and other alternative housing. John is involved in creating several Camp Tiny House Communities throughout the country.
Larry Cooper Essential Hand Tools for the Self-Sufficient Homestead Panel/Presentation/Demonstration
Basic Timber Framing - Logan Parker and Larry Cooper Hands-on workshop
Larry Cooper is a professional blacksmith with 30+ years experience. He had done architectural and artistic blacksmithing, and now focuses on quality toolmaking. He has a passion for how to use less energy, and has focused his attention on new and old technologies that are less energy intensive, especially use of high quality hand tools. He also is passionate about sharing what he knows with others with a focus on skilled use of simple hand tools.
Energy-efficient Small House Planning Panel/Presentation/Demonstration
Mike provides an explanation of a three tiered approach to energy efficient residential design. The tiers are: 1) reduction of need for energy 2) passive design 3) mechanical means. The discussion will cover topics of small house design, passive heating cooling and lighting strategies, energy efficient electrical and mechanical equipment, and an interactive spreadsheet that demonstrates these variables of energy efficiency.
David Delvecchio Off-grid Solar Power for Small & Tiny Houses Panel/Presentation/Demonstration
Logan Parker Basic Timber Framing - Logan Parker and Larry Cooper Hands-on workshop
Logan has been in the construction trade for 13 years, beginning as an apprentice carpenter in Lake Tahoe, California. Within two years, he started his own construction business, mainly building custom cabinetry for remodels and new homes. His interest in survival skills and the natural world led him to become passionate about green and natural building methods. In 2012, Logan built his own high-performance, off-grid straw bale home in Silk Hope, NC as a model of efficiency, self-sufficiency, and sustainability. He now owns and operates Heirloom Builders, where he designs and builds custom homes and cabinetry.
Esyris Himes and Shannon Franklin Primitive and Emergency Shelter Hands-on workshop
Esyris is a trained and experienced woodsman and bushcraft instructor with experience from around the world with his primary focus being the U.S. Eastern Woodlands. He began his learning when he was around 9 years old. Losing his home to a tragic fire, his family was forced to live in a small shack without the means of electricity, plumbing or other modern conveniences requiring becoming knowledgeable about how to live from what nature could provide.
For the past 5 years Esyris has been immersed into developing deep understanding of primitive and indigenous wisdom. For the past two years Esyris’ life had been dedicated to undergoing, then leading, aspiring bushcrafters, both men and women, through a 50 day wilderness instructor program in the Ozark Mountains with one of the best survival schools in the world–all while living in primitive conditions.
Esyris, along with his business partner, Shannon Franklin, is developing a Bushcraft Survival School in central North Carolina. They plan to start classes this fall eventually developing a world class program (www.SpartaSelfReliance.com).
Shannon’s interest in bushcraft began when after age 50, she started hungering for the great outdoors. Not one to settle for a life that is too predictable, Shannon decided she wanted live in the wilderness for awhile and started training for it. After taking basic bushcraft courses Shannon started testing herself via solo weekend forays into the unknown. Constructing shelters and teaching herself tracking, Determined to greatly expand her knowledge, Shannon enrolled in the 45 Day Instructor Course at Sigma III Survival School in Mansfield, Mo, which offered a comprehensive and demanding curriculum. Lead by her now business partner, Esyris, Shannon became the first woman ever to graduate that course. Hungering for an even greater challenge and wanting to put her newfound skills to a longer test, Shannon next set up with respected bushcraft icon, Joshua Hamlin, living semi-primitively off his land in an undisturbed environment for 30 days using the same tools allowed on the show, “Alone”. Shannon succeeded in her endeavor, coming away from the experience deeply changed. She promptly sold her business, realizing that further educating herself and others on the spirit of the wilderness was her real calling.