Tiny House Summer Camp 5

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.

Buy Now
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 

Its Simple, Just Hit This Little Link...

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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!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

North Carolina HANDS-ON December Workshop w/The Diedricksen Brothers!

Oh, its ON!!!! 
Fri-Sun DECEMBER 2,3,4th, 2016

Hosted by Deek and Dustin Diedricksen (Hosts/Designers from HGTV's "TINY HOUSE BUILDERS" (check it out on Netflix!)  

THREE DAYS- ALL HANDS-ON! (which you aren't going to find elsewhere)

LIMITED to only 35 students- to keep it more informative, fun, and intimate!

Riegelwood, NC- outside of Wilmington.....  OFF GRID- we'll have SEVERAL acres of land to build, explore, and camp on! 

Buy Now

$399 for the THREE DAY- 30 hour- HANDS-ON course 

A LIVE PROJECT (you'll actually be building!) in the woods- off-grid.
Camping space is included, or you can stay at nearby motels

We'll post MUCH more soon! (we've ALREADY added some new speakers!)

AND we'll shoot a video tour of it for you, for our youtube channel with 110,00 subscribers! 

Email us at Newenglandrockpress@gmail.com

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Massachusetts Man builds/designs 20' "ROBOT TREE HOUSE" in the woods of VT


"Its just something I always have wanted to do, and have messed with ink sketches of for years", reported builder/designer Derek "Deek" Diedricksen, when asked as to why he had chosen such outlandish, or even other-worldly, subject matter for his latest hands-on tree house workshop.

"Why the heck not? Its fun, different- I mean, I've NEVER even heard of anyone doing something like this- and the people who attended the three day workshop get the bragging rights to one hell of a 'look what I built over the weekend' story. While most stayed at home, playing video games, or watching tv re-runs with their Cheetos-stained hands, we were off-grid in the woods crafting an enormous tree house robot!"

The structure, standing at just OVER twenty feet in height, was completed in just three days, while setting aside time for talks and instructions on technique. Furthermore, Diedricksen claims that with the aid of salvaged and recycled materials, it was built for well under $1000.00.

"While this thing is just huge, we also intentionally built the trail approaching it to arrive at this monster from a downhill vantage, making it seem even larger!", added Diedricksen. "It also lights up at night because of the clear Tuftex polycarbonate panels that we sided its front with. We even went so far as to build in a lantern-hook for the center of its chest. At night, it'll appear as if this huge creature has a glowing power source in its wooden sternum- a 'robot heart'". That polycarbonate will also let us bring natural light into so small a space, while letting us achieve that nighttime glow that'll put this thing over the top!"

A student begins working on the rafter work for the tree house's roof
He went on to add, "While most of my tree houses are whimsical and usually identifiable by those clear Tuftex walls I employ, I'm thinking that this one has to take the cake in terms of its bizarreness, and I'm pretty happy with it for just that reason."

Diedricksen is now in the midst of an even larger tree house build for the Make-A-Wish Foundation in Clinton, CT, and plans to tie in some of this current build with another hands-on workshop- one taking place Saturday, September 10th (2016), and limited to only twelve students. (www.relaxshacks.com)

"We're trying to wrap up this build and design of mine, then one for a new show we're helming called "The Micromen" (with brother Dustin), and then I MIGHT, MIGHT take on one last tree house this season before winter hits. Its tough to say 'No', as I absolutely love working on 'em".

Jason Ellings
Freelance Correspondent
"Travel Times Two"

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Diedricksen Brothers in CONNECTICUT for Hands-ON Tree House Workshop

Hands-On Tree House Workshop- Clinton, CT- Sat, Sept 10th (2016)

     So, while I'm not blogging as much these days (and more so focusing on youtube tours/video and facebook updates) I've still kept very busy with client builds and more. Heck, just on the upcoming menu, here's what we have planned.....

-I just signed a book contract for the follow-up to "Microshelters" (Storey Press)
-We're hosting a Vermont workshop- (SOLD OUT)- "Tiny House Summer Camp 4"
-We're soon announcing a North Carolina Workshop (outside Wilmington)- Dec. 2-3-4 with Steven Harrell!
-We're wrapping up shooting on a pilot episode for our show "The Micromen"
and that's just scratching the surface....

Check out this book HERE: https://www.amazon.com/Microshelters-Creative-Cabins-Houses-Structures/dp/1612123538/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1472080388&sr=8-1&keywords=microshelters

Beyond that, for an intimate ONE DAY, HANDS-ON workshop, Dustin and I will be leading ONLY twelve students though the world of tree house building and design.

We've built NUMEROUS tree houses over the years, and one recently for the show we hosted and designed for (HGTV's "Tiny House Builders") so we're very much so in good, heck, great, practice. In fact, currently, I'm building FOUR tree houses that I've designed.

A recent off-grid tree house build in VT- a 20' Robot designed by Deek Diedricksen

The workshop is from 10am to 7pm
Clinton, CT- after the build/class, we'll be ordering MANY pizzas from one of the best pizzeria's nationwide- "Grand Apizza"! LOVE that place.

At the workshop, we'll be continuing work on a tree house I've designed and have been building for the Make-A-Wish foundation. You'll get to see this tree house first hand, learn from it, as we take you through many of its how-to steps, AND you'll get to help us complete several facets of it.

You'll learn by DOING
-We'll build/frame a sleep loft in the tree house
-We'll cover/DO basic framing
-You'll be taught several techniques in attaching platforms/structures to trees
-We'll cover WHICH trees you should be looking for
-You'll learn to install cedar shingling with us
-We'll show re-strengthening techniques like "knee bracing" a structure- and DO this to the build.
-We'll work on interior cladding/sheathing the structure
-You'll build a ladder/stairs with us, and more!

We also some great design and build books as door prizes!

The Make-A-Wish 19' high tree house we'll be working on- Modern/Funky! 

The full day, intimate, workshop is $120. 
If you want to sign up, simply send the $20 deposit to hold your slot (balance due upon arrival) to paypal id: senorsell@hotmail.com. This $20 is non-refundable and a means for us to determine who is serious and who will actually use a held student slot, and who won't. If we cancel the workshop for any reason (we shouldn't- its rain or shine), that fee would be refunded.
For more questions- email us at NewEnglandRockPress@gmail.com

The Hosts:
Derek and Dustin Diedricksen have traveled the world ("From Fargo to Sydney") building and designing tree houses, tiny houses, and backyard studios. The duo recently were hosts of the HGTV series "Tiny House Builders", and have built for numerous other shows, magazines, newspapers, and beyond. They've additionally spoken on their expertise in the field at Universities ranging from M.I.T. to Vanderbilt, and at art museum across the US. Derek is the author of three books on the subject of micro-construction- "Humble Homes, Simple Shacks", Quick Camps and Leg Cramps", and most recently "Microshelters", which Lowe's carries nationwide. He also hosts the youtube channel "RelaxshacksDOTcom", with almost 110,000 subscribers.

Guest Speakers:
We will also bring in at least one guest speaker/builder at this session that you will work alongside.

Thank you!
-Derek "Deek" Diedricksen