Living Small the Dream

Posted March 22nd, 2009 by Kent Griswold and filed in Issue 1: Introductions
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My name is Kent Griswold and small things in general have always been an interest to me. I enjoy tiny cars, tiny RV’s, tiny cameras and tiny houses.

As a kid I dreamed of working in a fire lookout tower and ended up spending a couple of days in the Prescott National Forest in Arizona on a tower to see what it was really like. This tower was an all inclusive workspace and eating and sleeping area. You did have to hike down the tower to the base to use the outhouse or take a shower though.

Later when I was in college, I was still undecided as to a direction to major in so took a year off and went and worked on the Navajo Indian Reservation as a school bus driver and teachers aide. I lived in an old 20 foot airstream trailer that year, and it was quite the experience as we had every type of weather, from snow to extreme heat.

In college I had the chance to take a course in homesteading. The school had a 5 acre parcel, that was developed into a small homestead over the years. I was lucky to get involved early on and we built a tiny cabin structure and learned some log building skills and did some gardening.

Over the years it has always been my dream to have a small cabin in the mountains or by a lake. Nothing fancy, just a nice little rustic cabin. My first choice has always been log for the building structure. It is not perfect, but you just can’t beat the old log cabin look in my opinion. This is still my dream, although it has expanded to be not just a vacation cabin but a full time home.

When I became interested in the internet, I started bookmarking cabin and small house sites that interested me. Later, when I learned about blogging, I decided to start sharing what I had been bookmarking and I started the Tiny House Blog. I had discovered Jay Shafer early on and the Tumbleweed Tiny House Company. I found out that he had moved about 25 miles from my home in Healdsburg, California. We have sense become friends and I enjoy the times when we are able work and talk together.

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I have been publishing the Tiny House Blog for about two years now, using my preliminary finds on the internet as a starting point, adding stories of those who are living the tiny house life and sharing it with my readers. It has been fun to be involved in the growing tiny house movement.

One of the joys of being involved in the tiny house movement is the people you meet along the way. Here is a picture of a group of us at Jay’s house and we jokingly call it “A Meeting of the Tiny Minds.” This group is built up of designer’s, builders and bloggers. We had a great time getting to know each other better and sharing experiences.

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