Building With Deek. Learning With Deek. Winning With Deek.

DSC_1029I have known Deek Diedricksen now for almost 2.5 years. He has served as friend, mentor, collaborator, and subject, multiple times. Most recently he has appeared as a “guest artist” in our popular self-paced e-Cours(E) Small Home. Big Life. But he always has a new project coming out or on the drawing board and this fall is no exception.

The weekend of November 15, 16, and 17 Deek – along with his brother Dustin – is hosting and facilitating a Hands-On Design and Building Workshop in Canton, MA.

The 5th Campout/Hands-On/Get Dirty workshop is a three day (and night) event and will be held rain or shine. There is going to be a great deal of hands-on building (with safety instruction) as everyone works in small groups to design and construct. Each night will end with campfire discussions, slideshows, etc. The days will also feature live demos, conversations on building for less, recycled and reclaimed materials, etc. The weekend will also showcase speakers Chris Haynes – A tiny house dweller who has built both a Tumbleweed XS and a Tumbleweed Bodega (Chris will talk about his super-insulated home, and set-up a small solar array/system for display), Jan Kenney – current tiny house dweller who just happens to live in one of the smallest houses on the scene (formerly the home of Gregory Paul Johnson), and Vera Struck – (Vera is the impetus behind an in-the-works, mobile, educational, tiny-house-classroom on wheels that she has dubbed “The Silver Bullet”).

In addition there will be a tour of five of Deek’s micro cabins, and in-depth look at his salvaging techniques and stash, and a field trip to the first-ever-built Tumbleweed Tiny House. It is going to be an epic weekend.

The cost for the course is $399 and registration can be found toward the bottom of the page here.

HumbleHomesAnd to celebrate such an awesome guy and an awesome workshop we are giving away a copy of Deek’s latest book
Humble Homes, Simple Shacks, Cozy Cottages, Ramshackle Retreats, Funky Forts: And Whatever the Heck Else We Could Squeeze in Here.

To have your name entered in the drawing you need ONLY comment on this entry answering the following statement:

I think a good tiny house workshop includes …….




The winner of the Humble Homes book is Sarah Young. She was chosen by Congratulations Sarah. You’ll have your book soon!



  1. Olivia says

    I think a good tiny house workshop includes …….tons of hands on training and a good dose of practical, specific written instruction.

  2. Sarah Young says

    I think a good tiny house workshop includes …….an explanation of and an opportunity to use every tool you may need… as well as a at least one belly laughing moment.

  3. Sean-michael says

    I think it’s great that he’s teaching more hands on. I plan to eventually get more hands on myself by helping with others builds. There is a new building method being worked on in Phoenix, AZ and my friends working the project have invite me to several builds I just need to head on over to the next one.

  4. Suzannah Kolbeck says

    …very little lecture, and tons of opportunity for practice with differentiated instruction based on the differing levels of people in the class (and stages on the tiny house building spectrum, from starting the next one to just considering the first one).
    (and we already have the book; I just wanted to answer based on my pretty awful, lecture only experience).

  5. anopcfox says

    I think a good tiny house workshop includes consideration of potential retirees who may need to have a tiny house but will have difficulty downsizing due to having previously lived in a much larger home–IOW, instruction on how to downsize less painfully.

  6. Mary Hawley says

    a campfire session where everyone writes 5 goals/desires they envision regarding their tiny home. Then at some stated timeline (months or years) this is revisited and shared with the workshop family and everyone can give a hip hip hooray for dreams becoming reality.

  7. Karl Wieser says

    I think a good tiny house workshop includes … a slideshow of successful tiny houses and a few on-site physical examples.

  8. Emily M says

    I think a good tiny house workshop includes…. hands on instruction with a mix of participants with different levels of knowledge. Also, how to transition to living in a tiny house, i.e. downsizing and making the most of all the space in a tiny house.

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