09 November 2010


Believe or not, I'm on the lookout for ANOTHER trailer.

Around 8' - 14' long

Could be a boat trailer, or utility flatbed trailer

24 September 2010

When It Comes to Creative Freedom

I have the good luck of having incredibly creative and entrepreneurial friends. Look into this amazing artist residency started by Amy Harwood and Ryan Pierce, outstanding people from Portland, Oregon, bring people out to Mt. Hood National Forest.

The project began when Amy renovated a travel trailer into a studio space for artists. Her inspiration has wafted over the border and given me my own dreams of starting some kind of artist residency. Click on the link below to learn more about their project.

19 August 2010

Tiny House Trailer #2 Moved

The scene:

Happy new owner hugs the very good box.
Home in new location.
Getting it up the driveway was a little dicey.

A lovely event, moving Trailer #2 to it's new home, nestled in the Madrone and Oak trees in Sonoma County.

With that, the beginning of a new era for Forge Ahead Productions.

Stay tuned.



17 August 2010


One of a kind Mobile Home. 128 sqft. Passive solar design. 100% wood interior.
Bamboo flooring. Pine ceilings. Denim-cotton insulation. High energy efficiency doors and windows. Sleeping loft. Kitchenette. Granite countertops. Plumbed for bathroom option. Full trailer hook-ups.

Made by jenine & amy 

10 August 2010


Kent just did a post with photos of the interior on his Tiny House Blog. Click here to check it out. Thanks Kent!

09 August 2010


A big

To everyone who helped make yesterday's street show & tell come together.

Thanks to everyone who came from near & far. It was a treat for us to share our project with so many curious & wonderful people.

08 August 2010

07 August 2010

All Night!

Bless the deadline!

Wrapping Things Up

Amy completed the electrical finale, sink plumbing as well.

We just picked up last pieces of trim and we prepare for the afternoon and long evening of work with a late lunch.

06 August 2010


It's getting so beautiful. Amy & I are working our asses off. Come this Sunday to see: * Street, between * and * Streets. Near downtown Healdsburg. The two trailers will be out on show for all to come enjoy in whatever way. 4pm until dark. Bring a friend. Bring some beers. Bring whatever. We'll be here. Time willing, I'll make a big batch of mojitos.

Today we did so much it's hard to recall. Wainscoting, trim, counter support, marble install, sink dropping in, touch up work... And Greg with Kublai, bless the man and the dog, brought over a 3 foot magnet on a roller like a push broom so we can get all the metal debris out of the driveway to spare the tires before Sunday's rollout. He also busted in the door handle hardware and ladder, as we push to have everything ready and pristine for Sunday.

Deadlines can be great.

Friday Morning

I can't believe how tardy I am with uploading photos! And now still, I don't have the time. The floor is in, wainscoting begun, & now for the trim monster. The marble sink hole cut this morning, installing this evening?

Getting ready for show down this Sunday.
You're invited!
4pm - dark

03 August 2010

Interior Walls

It's feeling more and more like a livable space every day. Yesterday Amy finished the masonite interior while I did the interior bay window ceiling. Then we joined forces to get the beginning of the loft framed along with the wet bath / closet. We brought in one bank of the marble counter top--both of us were a bit taken aback--it looked stunning.

Today we plan on finishing the wet bath / closet (we like to call it the wet closet) framing and walls, the loft framing and floor, and then, time willing, begin on installing the bamboo flooring.

Next up: wainscoting.

Near Downtown Healdsburg

31 July 2010

Inside Work

Amy and I have been putting in long hours, thus the slow-down in posts.

After finished the exterior, we moved onto electrical, plumbing, denim/cotton insulation, and interior vapor barrier. Today we are getting in the interior walls, and it's looking great!

Photos soon.

27 July 2010

Roofing & Fender Framing

Working with Hydro-Stop on the roof.
Got the framing all cut and painted for the fenders. Ready to install and move onto electrical etc.

26 July 2010


4pm till Dark

Healdsburg, CA

22 July 2010

Another Bay Window Side Day

Amy on the roof checking out how our drip edge will look.

And at the end of the day, some results. But still not quite done...

21 July 2010

Bay Window

Today we will finish up the trim, flashing, and exterior siding on the hitch side of the trailer...

So we didn't get as far along as we had projected. The bay window is a doozy. But it's coming along and super solid.

20 July 2010

Trim & Inside Layout

As we finish the exterior, we mark our rough layout for the interior.

Painting trim.

Bay Window, Bay Window, Trim, Trim

Many things to bang your head against, in the end, we will win.

19 July 2010

Front Door




Also important in certain spots.

Metal Cutting

Day after day.

We sufficiently wore down our grinder blade on the skill saw (below).

So we got a new one, and a bigger one to use on the table saw.

Talking with Kent

We're so lucky to have the Tiny House Blog maker in our hometown. Go Kent!

Tiny House Design

Things are going great and looking great. This is one beautiful trailer home! For sale, ready in August 2010.

Jay Shafer is getting the news out on the tiny house movement. Great news!

18 July 2010

Night Time in Trailer #1

Last night I took some photos of my home to show you all.

My desk: I used to always work on the floor with my supplies spread around me. After time sitting on the stoop above the wheels and fender, relaxing by dangling legs out the double doors, it's natural for me to set up a "desk" for myself on the floor using the threshold to the door as a raised level. On the far right you can see my toilet.

My guest room: the loft!

My kitchen: on the far left you can see my bathroom (a chamber pot), just above that you can see the ladder that goes up to the loft. The oven works like a horse. The oak cabinet will not live there, where it is now, between the oven and sink, but for now it isn't tripping, and fits with all my postcard making, letter stencils and stamps, and wood and lino cut supplies. Then on the far right, bulk foods.
My bedroom: layered fabric protects me from the sludge of the day.

*faircompanies Documentary

In the first week of July 2010, Kirsten and Nicolás of came by the building site and documented Amy and I as we worked on trailer #2. Later this summer their bilingual website will feature short documentaries on this project, in English and Spanish.

Faircompanies is a project of Faircompanies Barcelona, Spain, created and developed by Nicolás Boullosa. The website is the consequence of notes gathered during travels, valuable lectures and conversations; as well as the direct contribution of Kirsten Dirksen, co-founder of Faircompanies and director of its English version and multimedia content. They cover green products, ethical consumption, clean technologies, social responsibility, ethical investment, and related topics. Viewers are invited to participate and share formulas to improve the world right now, beyond the noise of demonstrations or the imposition of ideologies.

You can see photos taken during the shoot by clicking here. I've put a few below too.

Steady Days

Another long few days getting the exterior flashing and siding on with attention to every detail. Amy left this evening to pickup some bamboo flooring from someone on Craigslist who had 300 sqft of left overs. We'll only need 128 of it for the floor, but can use the rest for other interior trim and detailing.

Free Tumbleweed Popomo Plans (with book purchase)

Read more about it on the Tiny House Blog by clicking here. For people who want to build themselves a small mobile home, this is worth looking into.

For someone who doesn't want to build there own, but wants to buy a ready built unique trailer of their own... well... ours will be ready in August 2010.

15 July 2010

Visual Detail

Too Hot!

Come 2 in the afternoon working outside has got to come to a halt.

Amy's gone to Santa Rosa on a material run. I'm tending to priming and painting some trim, and looking on Craigslist for flooring materials. If we get lucky, I'll find something from someone in Santa Rosa that Amy can swing by and pick up on her way back to our building site.

14 July 2010

It's Getting Cuter Every Day

"Juicy Pear" is the name of the trim color.
Amy got the roof, while I got the trim. More photos soon.

12 July 2010

Making Moves

Interior ceiling: IN
Bay window: IN
Glass sliding door: IN

Much more work to do.
Photos soon.

10 July 2010

Water Purification

My uncle just sent the following link to note:

...regarding water purification systems for the small off-grid home.

Thanks Chuck/Eric!

Another Craigslist for Local Builders

Free wood (healdsburg / windsor)

Date: 2010-07-09, 7:31PM PDT
Reply to: [Errors when replying to ads?]

Free wood ,good for garden boxes or fire wood. Dry 2 are 14' lg. Come and get it! Located in Geyserville. 707-548-5070

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09 July 2010

Milling some Pine

A long short day on the old table saw, milling lap joints into the 1x6 pine that will adorn the ceiling.

Dado blade going in the table saw.
Feather board to keep everything tight for clean cuts.
Old and malfunctioning table saw. Missing key, bad pulley tension. In this case, no pulley tension. Every time a tool breaks you get to learn more about it. If it feels like a pain, I try to remember to ask myself, What's the rush?
Between running the boards through and fiddling with the motor, this is about how the scene looked all day.
And by the end, a fat stack of pine with lap joints ready to install in the interior ceiling.

Craigslist find for locals...


Date: 2010-07-07, 4:19PM PDT
Reply to: see below

(2) sliding glass doors
(15) solid core doors w/ hardware & lock

Must go by tomorrow
Must have means of transport

All in good working condition

Doors could use a layer of paint
Sliding doors only have minor scuffs, glass is good

located at Public Storage
380 Merrydave Dr
San Rafael, CA

Please call Jake @ 415 250 3617
to arrange pick up time


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08 July 2010

Home Being Wrapped

Like Christo with a DuPont twist...

It's only 11am, I've come inside to charge the battery of my camera, and I'm already halfway done wrapping.

Doing the upper parts alone took a bit longer, but proved to be a worthwhile balancing and rafter-crawling act.
My feelings about Du Pont follow visually, alas...