In the last 3 days, 3 newspapers have called for interviews, and asked the question, “How did Tiny Green Cabins start?” There is a stock answer of starting it in the fall of 2008. And while that is correct, at the same time an ending occurred that brought the birth of Tiny Green Cabins.
However, this answer is not quite correct and it is short, as on interviewer asked if I was always lived or promoted “green.” And that brought an awareness that yes, and no.
In my teens, my path was forestry and conservation, and giving speeches for contests pertaining to conservation, wildlife, and forestry management. The talk, “That Wicked Rain” was my favorite and discussed contributing pollution factors along the Peshtigo River as it
flowed from its source to Lake Michigan. 4-H was the organization that I belonged to, and forestry was my one of my choices, as well as working the local fairs, playing softball, and attending Camp Bird, Trees for Tomorrow, and many other seminars. I learned a lot about sustainable farming and healthy living as a young man.
And thinking that my career path was forestry engineering with paper and lumber mills, my classes were always preparing for college. Not one shop class. Yes, I loved building small projects around the farmstead, such as an addition, grain bins for feed storage along with chutes to a lower level, picnic tables, and minnow traps. For each project, my dad would say to figure it out, draw some sketches, and put together a material list. His added instructions were to look at the list and figure out what could be salvaged and what had to be purchased. The grain bins and chutes were all salvaged material from older builders. It had bins that sat on 2nd floor with chutes to 1st floor with a pullout slide for opening the
chute allowing the grain to fall into a bucket. It was metal lined to keep mice out of it and saved a lot of time when feeding the goats, pigs, rabbits, and chickens that were kept on the 1st level.
Over the next 40 years, I raised a family and followed a career path of college, sales, journeyman carpenter, estimator, quality, senior estimator, and design, engineering, and estimating manager with Universal Forest Products. All of these careers merged into my starting of Tiny Green Cabins and is coming full circle to what started many years ago on a farm and in 4H in northeastern Wisconsin; living healthy and sustainably.
Following is an An excerpt from an article about Tiny House People on Tiny House Wisdom;
I am learning that Tiny House people are not alike. Some tiny house builders are engineers, like Bill Kastrinos, some are poets, as is Jim Wilkins, some are scientists, Jay Shafer comes to mind, Abel Zimmerman is an artist, and Brad Kittel is a pioneer. Of course I could go on, there are philosophers, salesmen and dreamers, and each one brings their own tiny view of the subject. These are inspiring, wonderful people who are creating and rebuilding our country and even pointing the way for sensible living.