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If you’re from the woods in the Northeast USA, you know that summer is all about forts, cabins, treehouses, and other alternative shelters. If you haven’t known the pleasure of these delightful creations, let Derek “Deek” Diedricksen introduce you his world of microcabins in this episode of Tiny Yellow House, a MAKEcation Special Edition! Join Deek in the Massachusetts woods for a tour of his “Boxy Lady” vending cart microcabin complete with build notes inspired by his book, Humble Homes, Simple Shacks, Cozy Cottages, Ramshackle Retreats, Funky Forts, and Whatever Else We Could Squeeze in Here.

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Gareth reviewed Deek’s book not to long ago on the site:

The book is a hoot and an inspiration, crammed with Deek’s designs — from practical to pie in the sky — for “micro-houses,” small backyard retreats, kid forts, treehouses, and other no-cost/low-cost outbuildings. The emphasis here is on fun and clever use of recycled materials. Deek did all the hand-lettering and the book is obsessively illustrated with wonderfully wacky cartoons and design drawings. As he himself describes it in the video: “A carpal tunnel-inducing barrage of dime store pen sketches.”

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Becky Stern is a Content Creator at Autodesk/Instructables, and part time faculty at New York’s School of Visual Arts Products of Design grad program. Making and sharing are her two biggest passions, and she's created hundreds of free online DIY tutorials and videos, mostly about technology and its intersection with crafts. Find her @bekathwia on YouTube/Twitter/Instagram.

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