Last week, Derek "Deek" Diedricksen sent over his book, Humble Homes, Simple Shacks, Cozy Cottages, Ramshackle Retreats, Funky Forts, and Whatever Else We Could Squeeze in Here! You have to love a volume that comes with its own well-deserved exclamation point.
Deek's book is humble, Xeroxed in black and white with a plastic comb binding. This is no Lulu affair, but it is a great outpouring of passion. In about 100 hand-drawn pages Deek illustrates everything you need to know about building a tiny house. Some fifty projects from The Ultra Wee Tree House to the Hunchback Hovel to The Po' Man's Shower (you can be small and clean), are rendered with the comic book glee of a true zinester.For me, each page is a mutant love child of my past year, A Few Zines meets Tiny Houses. I never imagined the two could co-exist, but Deek did. For him, a hardcore playing Eagle scout, the link between DIY construction and DIY publishing is seamless. And inspired. Without moaning about the ill winds blowing down both media and housing, Deek tackled his pages with 83 black pens, one after another they gave themselves to his one man revolution.
Deek lives in Stoughthton, MA and is at work on a scrap house (The Gypsy Junker) in his front yard. You can follow all his doings and buy a copy of Humble Homes at RelaxShax.