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Interview with Derek “DEEK” Diedricksen Micro- & Tiny House “Mad Scientist”

Most of you have heard of TINY: A Story About Living Small.

On this post you’ll get to see a video episode where they interview Derek “DEEK” Diedricksen.

Deek is the author of “Humble Homes, Simple Shacks” and he blogs over at Relaxshacks.com.

‘TINY” is a not only a documentary about one man’s journey building a tiny house on a trailer from scratch, but it’s also about other families around America who are living in less than 400 square feet.

In this episode, Deek will not only talk to you about micro architecture but he’ll show you around one of his very own micro houses made out of reclaimed materials.

He’ll also talk to you about his early inspirations and show you a few of his other tiny house projects.

Derek DEEK Diedricksen Micro Architecture and Tiny House Mad Scientist

Photo Credit YouTube/TINYtheMovie

Watch the video below:

Derek “DEEK” Diedricksen: Micro-Architect & Tiny House “Mad Scientist”

Video length: 4:31

Note: Deek will be hosting a Tumbleweed tiny house workshop in Miami, Florida this April 14-15, 2012. I’ll be there too. Get your tickets right now at Tumbleweed’s website. Use coupon code: ‘meetalex’ at checkout and you’ll instantly save $100 on the tickets.

Later this year, you can find Deek hosting another workshop in Boston, Massachusetts. Click here to get more information on that one.

For a complete list of this year’s Tumbleweed tiny house workshops click here.

To pre-order TINY: the movie click here.

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  • sesameB April 16, 2012, 11:52 am

    Tumbleweed tiny house workshop in Miami, Florida this April 14-15, sorry I missed this workshop. I would have loved to meet Derek Diedricksen. However, this past weekend a free copy of this DVD – IndoctriNation: Public Schools and the Decline –Colin Gunn $17.95, was sent to me free by director himself of The Exodus Mandate Project. Today I watched the DVD and was further informed about this timely issue in our society. Since graduating from high ‘skool’ myself, I have never attended my high school reunion. After high skool, I travelled the North America continent, visiting and staying a length in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. I had a lively time. In later life, very late in life, I went to college and finished Henderson State University not-so-recently. I have never liked public ‘skooling’ back then and now. Years ago, I read John Gatto’s books, and donated them to the local library when I lived in Bismarck, ND in an efficiency apartment. I also read, Escape from Childhood John C. Holt (Author), his other books years ago.
    This DVD – IndoctriNation: Public Schools and the Decline –Colin Gunn sits alongside all of my small house books in my tiny home here in Arkansa.

    The Exodus Mandate Project is offering a one-year emergency plan to rescue Christian children from the godless, pagan public schools and to place them in K-12 private Christian schools or Christian homeschooling. This rescue plan, the “Call to Dunkirk ,” is named after the World War II event of 1940 in which 340,000 British and Allied troops were miraculously rescued from the beaches of Dunkirk in the face of the German Nazi War machine. State-run public schools have become destructive to our children’s Christian faith. They no longer educate but rather indoctrinate. Not only morally corrupt, public schools are unsafe because of the violence and crime that occurs in them on a regular basis.

    Barefootin’ in rural south central sunny Arkansas

  • have shoes in nevada April 16, 2012, 8:51 pm

    i am not sure how to start,really.but the issue of immediate attention is the lack of propriety on”barefootin’s” part i believe this forum is dedicated(not wholely)to the tiny house movement.i fail to see the correlation with the right wing christian agenda.am i wrong or is their clearly a seperation of church and state outlined in the first amendment?and secondly it was actually (go read a history book) an extreme religious movement,along with a political one,nazi germany,that the troops were in need of rescuing from.tyranny comes in many shapes and sizes,but always cast righteous indignation on anyone with a counter view from the chosen-people/race/country/religion-that “threatens”their “wholesome “and deity approved ranting.lastly public school funding is at record lows,the only thing lower is parental participation/responsibility.set down the bible,and take a good look at the world you would condemn.it is much easier to condemn from your pulpit then get down and attempt to build a country where ALL have the right to an education,not just your master race…ahem i mean christian faith.

    • sesameB April 18, 2012, 11:04 am

      Nevada, you may send your comments to Frontline Ministries, Inc., & Exodus Mandate Project PO Box 12072. Columbia, SC 29211. Phone: 803-714-1744. E-mail: exodus [email protected].
      This DVD was sent to me free (smiles) and I viewed it in my tiny home, even though I am childfree by choice. Also, a suggested timely reading for everyone is the following:

      “Overspending and perverting our global trade has managed to make the United States of America, as noted earlier in this book, a 101 percent-debtor nation. It means that we US citizens are bankrupt. Doing away with billions of dollars in subsidy programs could get us back on track to prosperity.” (pg. 176) “ We are being served fake food in America: plumped-up chickens, fattened hogs and cattle, and produce treated with pesticides and fertilizers that aren’t products of Mother Nature. Pile that on top of our man-made junk food and soft drinks. The great majority of food produced in the United States comes from factory farms that artificially enhance agricultural products. A majority of subsidies gores to factory farms.” (pg. 178) “Without your health, life isn’t worth living, my mother would often tell me. We as a nation might be able to survive a recession or a depression, but without our health, none of that matters. It’s time we connected the dots—and this is happening to an extent with the work of Michael Pollan, Jamie Oliver, and Alice Waters among others—between what we pay for and what we eat. The ingredients of our lives are important (as well as the proper kind of housing, I might add, ex. small/tiny homes). Yet education is lacking.” The Big Handout: How Government Subsidies and Corporate Welfare Corrupt the World We Live In and Wreak Havoc on Our Food Bills Thomas M. Kostigen (Author).
      I read this book on loan from the college library in my tiny home overnight. I read a lot and view films from all subjects and all areas of life.

  • sesameB April 18, 2012, 11:16 am

    Housing matters, more from this ‘blow your socks off’ book — (pg. 264) “Considering that about half of all American households own stock, shares are in effect voting power to the corporate world. This can make us effect voting power to the corporate world. This can make us individuals known in the boardrooms of Big Ag, Big Energy, and Big Steel, too. Take the nuns. A group of New Jersey nuns, the Sisters of Charity of St. Elizabeth has lobbied Citibank to better disclose itself. Another group of nuns, the Sisters of Mercy, asked Lockheed Martin to detail how much money it spends developing space weapons. As You Sow, lobbied Coca-Cola at a shareholder meeting to stop using potentially cancer-causing BPA plastics in its cans. The same can be done to create a healthier food supply, safer energy policies, and fairer trade agreements. If a small nonprofit group and some nuns can badger corporate America to change policies, imagine what a force it would be if all of us joined in. “ The Big Handout: How Government Subsidies and Corporate Welfare Corrupt the World We Live In and Wreak Havoc on Our Food Bills Thomas M. Kostigen (Author) — I like this author and adore this book, so timely and so very accurate. The housing industry is tied up in all of this –the Big Handout!
    Barefootin’ in Arkansas

    • have shoes in nevada April 18, 2012, 2:02 pm

      ah,now that would seem to pertain to the small and sustainable movement!i applaud your thinking.however “sesameb” i need not direct my comments to anyones ministries.i am not following this blog to preach or be preached to.i am simply a proponent of the small and sustainable ,non mcmansion/gluttony loving majority of this country.i can only speak for myself again as a follower of alex’s blog that i have no agenda other than previously stated enjoyment!lastly although i am sure you mean well,i have no interest in being “informed”,”blown away”,or pretty much any other description of simply following/being led by any such book or author.but thank you for such riveting quotes from someone elses book!i am sure the quote more thoroghly expresses your opinion now that you are “blown away” by the author than an original thought of your own would.keep the flags of discontent and religious zealotry flying.(apologies alex but i still believe promoting religious idealogy or political disagreement is NOT what your blog represents)

    • have shoes in nevada April 18, 2012, 2:53 pm

      upon further thinking in the matter,if “big government”,and”big business are truly in collusion as suggested then how do you suggest we proceed?this is ,at least as far as i am aware of a capitalist based country.as such it would seem big business “handouts” should be considered evil?and i am quoting abraham lincoln when i suggest the true responsibility of government is to do for the people only what the people cannot do for themselves.so what would a thinking citizen deem that to be?oh and as for the nuns,very admirable,but the forthcoming info from those companies is required under a law passed by congress to address misleading language and other practices by citibank et al.so that leaves me with the same question ,what does a citizen do?VOTE! and then hope your fellow citizens vote with you.if not you have just discovered th flaw within our system!majority rule.so either hide and hope,or add to the discussion.thank you sesameb for responding and allowing me to illustrate to my two children,as well as the boy scout troop here in las vegas that i am priveleged to help lead,that a dissenting opinion is never wrong.its after all just two citizens attempting to move the discussion forward.and although i disagree with fellow citizens occasionaly,i would fight to the death for your right to voice that opinion!T.T.F.N.

      • sesameB April 18, 2012, 3:33 pm

        Bully Official Trailer #1 – Weinstein Company Movie (2012) HD, I will be viewing this film via the library (for free) soon. I just received an email advising me of the time.
        Barefootin’ and sipping real spring water in rural south central Arkansas

      • sesameB April 18, 2012, 4:21 pm

        ‘Have shoes’, I have enjoyed this short lively discussion, also. I have no regrets in life.
        This is another nice book, which I read in one sitting in my tiny house one morning in February, 2012 — The Top Five Regrets of the Dying: A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing Bronnie Ware (Author) 2011
        So, ‘have shoes’ – What’s your greatest regret so far, and what will you set out to achieve or change before you die?

  • sesameB April 18, 2012, 3:39 pm

    And to –have shoes in nevada:

    (pg. xii- xiii) “I wish I could say that these ugly manifestations of government policy are exaggerated or academic, but they are playing out on the world stage today. And whether we know it or not, we are all complicit.
    Change begins with knowledge and awareness. Change can be accomplished by you and me, average Americas, if we step forward and stand up for ourselves. We can effect change. There are many ways to do it. The most effective ways don’t even cost anything. “
    The Big Handout: How Government Subsidies and Corporate Welfare Corrupt the World We Live In and Wreak Havoc on Our Food Bills Thomas M. Kostigen (Author)

  • sesameB April 18, 2012, 3:44 pm

    Yes, to Alex, have shoes in Nevada and all readers, that are serious challenges to all of us now and into the future of the country from all sides to what we eat, where one lives and how a person ‘shelters’ themselves:
    Case in point, ‘heads up on this one’: APRIL 16, 2012, – The Challenge of Going Vegan By TARA PARKER-POPE– From Bill Clinton to Ellen DeGeneres, celebrities are singing the benefits of a vegan diet. Books that advocate plant-based eating are best sellers. But is eliminating meat and dairy as simple as it sounds? As countless aspiring vegans are discovering, the switch from omnivore to herbivore is fraught with physical, social and economic challenges — at least, for those who don’t have a personal chef. The struggle to give up favorite foods like cheese and butter can be made all the harder by harsh words and eye-rolling from unsympathetic friends and family members. Substitutes like almond milk and rice milk can shock the taste buds, and vegan specialty and convenience foods can cost two to three times what their meat and dairy equivalents do. And new vegans quickly discover that many foods in grocery stores and on restaurant menus have hidden animal ingredients. Mary Bandrowski, 50, of Bainbridge Island in Washington, says she has been eating mostly vegetarian for years, but in the past few weeks has been moving to veganism after reading “Eat to Live,” by Dr. Joel Fuhrman. She is also trying to push her family to eat fewer animal foods. “I think my whole family should do this because I think it’s better for them,” she said. “But my husband is the Midwest meat-and-potatoes man. Coming home to vegetable-stuffed green peppers doesn’t turn him on as much as a steak and baked potato would.”
    Barefootin’, living tiny and sipping real spring water in rural south central sunny Arkansas

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