A Frame
February 24, 2010, 8:08 pm
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The “A Frame” home is an iconic style of home building that became hugely popular after WWII. While not as practical for an everyday home the building style is favored for use in the construction of a secondary or vacation homes.

I found this beautiful example in a 1968 issue of Field and Stream, in fact it is a “Field and Stream Approved Model” A frame home. We recently stayed in one like this down in North Carolina, it was definitely cozy but didn’t have the amazing enameled red Franklin wood stove the one pictured does. I think I could get used to living in one of these everyday.

I’d be interested to hear what Lloyd has to say about this building/structure type, maybe he even knows something about its origin? More pictures here.

Mason Dixon
February 24, 2010, 7:44 pm
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Add to the Collection
February 22, 2010, 8:26 pm
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Came across two Gary Snyder books this weekend at Random Row which I didn’t have before. Can’t have enough of his writing.

Regarding wave is a collection of poems some for his wife Masa and their son Kai.

Earth House Hold,  a play on the root meanings of “ecology,” is a collection of essays and journal writings.

February 21, 2010, 8:41 am
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For the past few years my two friends Ross McDermott and Andrew Owen have been traveling across the US seeking out and documenting bizarre and original festivals as part of their American Festivals Project. Last weekend a few friends of mine including Ross and Andrew returned to one of those festivals in Helvetia West Virginia for the annual Fasnacht celebration.

Helvetia, settled by Swiss immigrants in 1869, is known to maintain many of the traditions and celebrations brought by its original settlers one of which is Fasnacht, which from my understanding is a ritual celebration enacted to scare away old man winter and bring on the spring equinox. Obviously this involves wearing weird masks and going out into the darkness of night to drink heavily and have bonfires.

All photos and videos courtesy of American Festivals Project. I highly recommend visiting this site and seeing some of their great work and bizarre festivals they have documents across the US.

Winter Olympics VIII
February 17, 2010, 9:34 am
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“For the glory of sport and honor of our country,” athletes from thirty nations converged on Squaw Valley in 1960 to compete in twenty-seven events as part of the eighth Winter Olympics .  Squaw Valley, part of the Sierra Mountain range was the stage for the first return of the Winter Olympics to the US in 28 years.

I haven’t been able to watch as much of the 2010 Olympics as I would like to, however I am looking forward to hockey. A few more of my found images here.

Total Medal Counts for the VIII games as follows (gold, silver, bronze, total).

1 Soviet Union 7 5 9 21
2 Germany 4 3 1 8
3 United States 3 4 3 10
4 Norway 3 3 0 6
5 Sweden 3 2 2 7
6 Finland 2 3 3 8
7 Canada 2 1 1 4
8 Switzerland 2 0 0 2
9 Austria 1 2 3 6
10 France 1 0 2 3

Leo Kottke
February 15, 2010, 7:08 pm
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Leo Kottke was on A Prarie Home Companion this week, I could listen to his 12 string playing all day long. Perhaps not as well known as other guitar players like John Fahey, he has had a prolific career and in my opinion has always been consistently good.

It was hard to pick a song/video to post,  I settled on cover of Little Martha.

Allan Wexler
February 10, 2010, 7:52 pm
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Artist/Architect Allan Wexler has been a huge influence and inspiration to WildWood for sometime, so much so I recently used his work to illustrate and inspire my students for an assignment I gave them. His work explores the routines and rituals of our everyday lives and how they relate to the built environment.

As said in his statement, “The works isolate, elevate, and monumentalize our daily rituals; dining, sleeping, bathing. And they, in turn, become mechanism that activate ritual, ceremony, and movement, turning these ordinary activities into theater.”

Lloyd Kahn
February 9, 2010, 9:42 am
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The WildWood recently got a mention on Lloyd Kahn‘s personal blog. This was a very kind nod from a somewhat hero of ours. For those of you who don’t know who Lloyd Kahn, he is a pioneer of the green building movement and he was among many things, the “Shelter” editor/contributor for the Whole Earth Catalog.

Heavily influenced by Bucky Fuller, he began building geodesic domes and published  Domebook and later Shelter which documented other home building methods found across the world. His writings and ideas of shelter building have been a huge influence and inspiration to many folks.

Examples of English frame construction types from Shelter.

Too Cold To Fish
February 3, 2010, 8:23 pm
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Lately my waders have gotten more use as snow pants then to wade in any rivers. Probably will be awhile til I can get out into the streams again, most a pretty frozen at this moment. Looking forward to warmer days of fly fishing for smallmouth.

After writing this post last night I read a personal history by John McPhee in the New Yorker entitled “The Patch,” a little bit about a father and more about fly fishing for pickerel.

Northern Lake Trout



More images here.

Cap’n Jazz
February 2, 2010, 5:46 pm
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I was recently reunited with an old friend from Chicago, Cap’n Jazz. Listening to their music again immediately transplants me back to junior high school when for a period of time my brother rocked their albulm pretty consistently. Heard they are reunited this summer.

A more recent version here.