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Tiny House Q&A With Jay Shafer of Tumbleweed Houses at Toledo Museum

Who better to have a tiny house question and answer session with than Jay Shafer? He has built dozens of tiny homes on wheels and has been living in them since 1997. A few weeks ago I told you about the Tumbleweed Tiny XS House that’s being featured at the Toledo Museum of Art.

Right now they’ve got it up for auction on eBay so you have a chance at bidding on this 65-square-foot portable home. Toledo Museum of Art featured Jay Shafer as a guest speaker. In case you don’t know, the XS House is one of his designs. One of his smallest, too. Sit back and relax. Grab a hot tea or coffee, and enjoy.

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Tiny House Q&A With Jay Shafer of Tumbleweed Houses at Toledo Museum

Tiny House Question and Answer Interview with Jay Shafer of Tumbleweed Houses

Tiny House Question and Answer Interview with Jay Shafer

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XS House by Tumbleweed Tiny Houses on Toledo for Auction on eBay


  1. http://tumbleweedhouses.com/ebayauction/
  2. http://tiny-house-plans.com/go/xshouse

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  • katie
    March 25, 2012, 8:06 pm

    I LOVED this… I enjoyed the indepth Q & A session. It is really enjoyable to learn about Jay’s life.

  • sesameB
    March 26, 2012, 1:51 pm

    Oh, this video was so delightful to view, just delightful to hear and see Jay. Excellent.
    Jay Shafer and all of you are such an ongoing inspiration for all of us here in the USA and beyond.
    Livng small ‘meself’, barefootin’ & drinking spring water in rural south central sunny Arkansas — 82 degrees today, and I am lovin’ it!!!!

  • sesameB
    March 26, 2012, 4:36 pm

    I’d live in a small/tiny home any day! I have never been into big houses, case in point: Heavy damage to Beauclerc Road house after Monday fire
    Posted: March 26, 2012 – 2:12pm | Updated: March 26, 2012 – 3:29pm– Firefighters at the scene of a house fire in the 2600 block of Beauclerc Road.

    A two-alarm house fire caused an estimated $300,000 damage to a home at 2648 Beauclerc Road, at Forest Circle, according to the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department. Firefighters were called out to the big 2-story brick home on the St. Johns River about 1:30 p.m. to find heavy flames coming from its three-car garage, according to department spokesman Tom Francis. Firefighters had to go 500 feet from the home to hook up to a hydrant, so the first teams in used a tanker truck to fight the blaze, Francis said.“Flames began to escape and get into the attic above the garage,” Francis said. “ … The fire was subdued after 45 minutes.”

  • sesameB
    March 26, 2012, 4:57 pm

    Garden and Gun magazine, APRIL 2012/MAY see pg. 133, “Mansion Hopping, Owning a grand estate may be a thing of the past, but staying in one is easier than ever writes Besha Rodell.
    Garden and Gun magazine, APRIL 2012/MAY – Sissy Spacek’s Virginia Farm — see pg. 18, “Talk of the South, actress Sissy Spacek (one of my favorite actresses from long ago) says in this magazine: “I wanted to give my children roots. Have them grow up with animals and dirt between their toes. I love cities. I do. But nature is my refuge. A bug hitting a screen on a summer night is music to me. The wind in the trees, the creek running full after a storm. All of those sounds are a choir that fills me up and calms me. It took me a long time to realize that. ”
    Way to go Sissy Spacek. I agree with your interview 100%.
    Living in a small home in a meadow, barefootin’ – dirt between my toes & drinking spring water in rural south central sunny Arkansas, Nature is my refuge also!!!!

  • sesameB
    March 26, 2012, 5:23 pm

    RE: Tiny House Question and Answer Interview with Jay Shafer and more on to Ted Turner ( see below)…..

    Alex and readers, ya’ll be sure to read the recent edition of Garden and Gun magazine, APRIL 2012/MAY see pg. 78, Ted Turner –
    “Going Native”, the reporter writes: “He is the second-largest private landowner in the country. He owns 2.1 million acres divided among so many pieces of property that, when he begins to enumerate them offhandedly, the list runs to three pages in my reporting notebook. These holdings mostly radiate out from his base in the southeastern United States: his home offices. And many of Turner’s favorite places are in the Southeast. In the South, there his Hope Plantation in South Carolina, and Avalon, his large and stately place in North Florida and then there is Kinloch, north of Charleston, St. Phillips Island, north of Hilton Head, and in Georgia, I have property up in the north for trout fishing, he says. Not to mention these beautiful, calm and now by choices pesticide-and toxin-avoiding acres outside Albany on Nonami Plantation. It is lovely and has been willfully returned to the way the landscape looked before people set foot on it. There are fields, longleaf pine stands, hardwood forests, and swampy and bosky areas full of wildlife.
    We limit pesticides. We promote natural plant and animal life. Native things, we do not even kill snakes.”
    Pg. 81, “Most these days, along with getting rid of the planet’s nukes, he worries about the rise in population and the volume of resources the world is using less judiciously than it might. He worries about whether renewable power is going to work, whether solar and wind energy will make enough of a difference. Why the fixation on environmental problems? When I was a boy, back when we lived in Cincinnati before we moved to Georgia, I used to be fascinated by bison, Ted says……….. (go get a copy of this magazine to read the remainder of this very important and timely article.)
    I loved this article!!! 4 stars to you Mr. Turner! Ted Turner, like actress Sissy Spacek are one of my favorite most watched people. NOT actress/singer Madonna, Lady Gaga, singer Diana Ross, nor singer Lionel Richie, not even the singer Beyonce (big living) – ugh!
    Like Jay Shafer, Ted Turner, Sissy Spacek is on to the future! They speak volumes about the future.

    Lastly, this was an excellent interview, I listened to it twice: Tiny House Question and Answer Interview with Jay Shafer

  • sesameB
    March 26, 2012, 5:40 pm

    Jay Shafer, author and his work reminds me so much of the late John Muir, case in point: A look at activist, author, naturalist, conservationist, adventurer, and botanist, John Muir

    John Muir was a lot of things—activist, author, naturalist, conservationist, adventurer, as well as the visionary behind our National Park system. (History credits President Teddy Roosevelt with the accomplishment, but it was in fact Muir’s brainchild.) However, it was Muir’s oft-overlooked work as a botanist that laid the groundwork for his many pursuits.

    Just opened at the Atlanta History Center’s Cherokee Garden Library is the exhibition Nature’s Beloved Son: Rediscovering John Muir’s Botanical Legacy. The exhibit follows Muir’s treks through Canada, California, Alaska, and the American South. Shortly after the close of the Civil War, Muir left his home in Indiana and headed south—on foot. He admired oaks in Kentucky, hiked through the Tennessee Valley, swam across the Chattahoochee River, rambled through longleaf pine forests in Georgia, and battled malaria in Florida before ending his journey in Cuba. The exhibit includes pages and drawings from Muir’s travel journals as well as the actual plant specimens Muir painstakingly preserved. It’s a worthy tribute to a man who spent his life in the service of nature.

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