Shelters

Conestoga Bicycle Camper

October 13, 2020

On this design weight was not a huge issue. I wanted an ecologically friendly, inexpensive camper with design elements similar to the European Gypsy and American Pioneer wagons. The frame is somewhat similar to my Nomad bicycle camper using screwed together 1×2’s. This makes for a light-weight yet fairly sturdy frame. Electrical box covers were again…

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Micro Mobile Art studio

April 10, 2020

  After making my last shelter for landscape drawing, I decided it was too large and too big to carry. I wanted something even smaller that I could attach to my Tommy Bahama chair. From my past experience I felt an arc was the best structure for strength and aerodynamics, but the problem was…

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Plein air drawing shelter

March 23, 2020

  For the last year, each week I’ve been joining several friends to seek out places around our area to set-up and paint landscape on the spot. This is Stu. One of my Plein air pals. My oil painting friends set up their tripods and stand in the elements until their painting is rendered. I…

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Hexadome

April 14, 2019

This six sided dome was made using 8 sheets of 4mm thick recycled campaign signs and duct tape. Similar to my Octatipi in construction, the sides on this shelter flare out giving you more interior head space. The floor uses two 4×8 ft. campaign sign, bent up at the edges and housed inside the walls…

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Bug-out bicycle camper

April 12, 2019

  The 2006 Burningman Theme was ‘Hopes and Fears of the Future’. I chose fear. Back then the bird flu virus was a big scare. I came up with this Mad Max style post apocalyptic bug-out rig for wandering around the playa. I also brought it along the following year. Left to right, Solar window…

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Bug screen tent canopy

April 12, 2019

I took a canopy made for beds and make an outdoor nook for my wife and I to sit in and enjoy the summer, bug free. For the stakes I cut 10 ft rebar lengths in two, then I cut an X in tennis balls and slipped them over the stake ends. I draped the…

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Homeless stealth bivy tent

April 12, 2019

This Bivvy bag tent was made by sewing a cheap 8 by 10 foot camouflaged tarp together. Shoes are used to maintain the opening. Rocks on a windy day. The bottom of the wood pole was carved sharp to stick in the ground, and the top was carved to fit through the top grommet hole…

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Stealth camper

April 12, 2019

Back in 2002 after 9-11 I and many others were laid off from Boeing. I’d been working straight for 14 years and decided a break in routine was in order. Traveling across America sounded good. Money was tight for lodging, but I had a good Toyota truck. The 6 foot bed was just long enough…

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Burningman box shelter

April 12, 2019

This was my first use of Coroplast, or better known as fluted plastic or plastic cardboard. This 2-1/2 sheet 4 ft square box used 2×2’s for corner framing. Button head screws fastened the panels to the frame. For transport the shelter was made modular. All I had to do was attach the corner frame to…

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Recycled Campaign sign shelter

April 11, 2019

    This 4 ft high by 8 ft long shelter was built almost exclusively from recycled election campaign signs including the lumber and hardware. Attached to the exterior green house is a pole that holds the gravity fed solar shower bag positioned toward the sun. Rain water is harvested for taking showers. To keep…

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