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Display Name: Grandpa Carl
Member Since: 10/4/13

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So many great ideas and so little time to explore them all. The most convenient element of this is to have one of the Stephens of this world to create them, finance them and try them out. This house does remind us that the classic egg shape is not easy to replicate, especially with a semi-rigid material grown round, sawn rectangular then assembled faux round again. I hope that Stephen will experiment with the next stage, a 'bird's nest' idea, sometime in the future. A roof design seems like a major challenge.


Stephen Turner's Amazing Exbury Egg House Tour
4/21/14 08:55 AM

What a great tip for Valentine's Day! This video makes creating the setting as enjoyable as the celebration itself. Happy Valentine's Day to you too!


For Valentine's Day and Beyond: Organize Your Bedroom for Better Sex! Apartment Therapy Videos: Justin Klosky
2/14/14 11:33 AM

After 40 Years viewing owner-built homes in Mother Earth News (and later AT) and 34 years of living in our home carved from our woods your project is the closest to ours that I have seen. You have a keen eye for materials and their creative use. We started with 75 used utility poles and a 100+ year-old 10' X 12' "Summer kitchen" dragged to the site It just got better and better and ended with the completion of the 100' long wooden bridge over Carl's Branch. Besides the house, you have given yourselves skills for a lifetime of inexpensive, nay productive, use of your time, one of the truly great ways to create wealth (of many descriptions) by reducing expense. Congratulations on your choice to buy the land first then to go from there. Two suggestions: 1. split cook stove with two hands on the axe/ hatchet, leaning the stick against whatever will keep it on end for the blow. I know it doesn't look as cool but neither does an injury. 2. If your piers are not treated you can chemically retro-treat them to last longer. One foot above grade and 2 feet below will extend their life considerably. My failsafe pier replacement plan is for concrete poured in paper tube forms. Thanks for sharing; you made my day.


Tim and Hannah's Affordable DIY Self-Sustainable Micro Cabin House Tour
2/4/14 08:42 PM

Apartment Therapy is about DIY and recycling. Here is another Grandpa Carl video that celebrates both. Notice that the bicycle stick is recycled, as well as a bicycle to say nothing of the ice cream freezer recycled from a former life. And, most important recycling of our tastiest ritual of all. Have a look at http://youtu.be/M0simOWxW74


How to Teach a Kid to Ride a Bike Apartment Therapy Videos
1/10/14 11:15 AM

You have revealed (quite deftly I must say) that feelings are closer to us than furniture. Traditions are good year 'round as well as during the holidays and at any age. No matter the thing, the importance is the meaning one attaches to them. Remember, the career, the kids, the grandkids, the parents and the friends all eventually move on, which was our greatest hope for them in the first place. But silence can overwhelm. That is why Grandma and I have many traditions, the little ceramic Christmas tree, Martha the parlor cook stove, waffles Sunday breakfast, the oil lamp at dinner, a chapter a day read to each other, noontide post-prandial Rest and Read, Silver dinnerware and cloth napkins on Saturday, toasting New Years after sunrise, three minutes silent meditation at sunset, and never ending a day without answering for each other the question, "what was the best part of your day?" There are some real surprises!


How To Start Making Your Own Holiday Traditions Right Now (Even if You're Disorganized, Not-So-Grownup or a Scrooge)
1/8/14 11:46 AM

The stick idea might not serve well for an adult's weight but here are a couple of ideas for adults. First, to get the feel for constantly moving support (e.g. a bicycle) under a load (e.g. person) as is required to ride a bike, start with some object (e.g. a hammer). Hold the hammer in an upright (handle vertical) position with the first hand and place the outer end of the handle in the palm of the second hand. Continuously move the second hand ender the object so to keep it upright after you have let go with the first hand. This balance is essentially what is happening when you ride a bicycle. Secondly the push bike (no pedals, push with feet on ground) works well for adults and children. You can turn your bike into a push bike by turning the pedals out of the crank, lowering the seat 'til your feet can touch the ground. Once you feel and can correct your balance you are on your way. Good luck!


How to Teach a Kid to Ride a Bike Apartment Therapy Videos
10/5/13 09:46 PM

The stick idea might not serve well for an adult's weight but here are a couple of ideas for adults. First, to get the feel for constantly moving support (e.g. a bicycle) under a load (e.g. person) as is required to ride a bike, start with some object (e.g. a hammer). Hold the hammer in an upright (handle vertical) position with the first hand and place the outer end of the handle in the palm of the second hand. Continuously move the second hand ender the object so to keep it upright after you have let go with the first hand. This balance is essentially what is happening when you ride a bicycle. Secondly the push bike (no pedals, push with feet on ground) works well for adults and children. You can turn your bike into a push bike by turning the pedals out of the crank, lowering the seat 'til your feet can touch the ground. Once you feel and can correct your balance you are on your way. Good luck!


How to Teach a Kid to Ride a Bike Apartment Therapy Videos
10/5/13 09:46 PM