Pairoducks

Pairoducks

Sunday, August 27, 2017

The Snail Shell Sauna update


My friends Tyler Smith and Lisa Henry stopped by a few weeks ago for a visit and Lisa took some great photos of the Snail Shell Sauna while I was building legs for some outdoor tubs.


I forged the shape of the tubs from a template and then welded old rivets from a water tower that was disassembled and stored in the metal shop long before we arrived there.



Tyler getting ready to watch some magic...


Shingles...


The tub legs!


Rick, Wendy, Jesse Perrine, and I worked together Friday on 3 pebble mosaics!  One on each side of the the tubs as the first step to get in and out...


And a sun at the entrance!




Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Nonagon Treehouse


I spent the weekend at Mountain View Air B&B building a canted wall nonagon yurt treehouse!  I worked with SunRay Kelley, Bonnie, Bob-O, and Tyler Smith.  This was such a fun project.  I spent one weekend helping assemble the walls for the kit, SunRay and his team did the rest during the week and last weekend we built the platform and erected the nonagon yurt.


You can see we are all loaded and ready to go with one treehouse to deliver! 


SunRay on the log joists getting ready for the 2x6 decking... 


Putting up the walls... 


Nonagon in a tree...   Be sure to check out mountain views air bnb for more photos! Thanks so much Tracy... and at the bottom are two timelapse films of our weekend...  enjoy! and let me know if you want a tree house! 





Thursday, June 8, 2017

Yoda The Hutt


Meet YODA THE HUTT, our faithful steed.  I really love this little van and most vans to be truthful.  She is a commuter as well as a shaker.  I have been contemplating vans lately because I see so many cool vans that people are building these days, and all of the days really.  What is especially good about working on a vehicle, or a vessel, is that it's not that big of a space.  So with some good design you can do so much without having to put in too much effort.  Let's just say it's an achievable project to start with.  That's why I wanted to write about converting vans and vehicles in general, it's a fun project and it empowers people to design and build for their own needs.  I also love living on the move so Viva La Van ! and I hope that Yoda The Hutt will inspire other creative concoctions of conceptual construction!


She is a 1999 Toyota Sienna, and on the outside she is stock...


But on the inside, that grocery getter is a hippy hut!


There is a layer of reflectix insulation  below a 1/2" plywood subfloor.  I replaced a water damaged laminate floor for some friends @ South Sound Solar and there were several boards that were still in perfect condition.  I added the laminate boards recently which was a good idea because the plywood did not repel water as well as the laminate.  It makes me smile knowing I have Kirk Hafner's old floor because Kirk is a very dedicated patron of re-use.  Kirk's wife Ceu also set me up on her sewing machine to make the custom pillows.  Special thanks to them for being like family.  


With the pillows stretched out, Py and I have a comfy bed in even the most sterile suburbia that America has to offer. We do peak our heads out of the woods from time to time...



And some live edge western red cedar boards for the interior paneling and cabinetry. The sill is removable and I store camping gear, dog food, wrenches, tarps, ropes and straps in the simple built-ins.  The sills are tentioned in by the old seat belts.  


Py enjoying his portable cabin...


 On our way to work...

Friday, May 19, 2017

Kindred Spirits...



I had the pleasure of cruising the high seas with Edwin Landis aboard the Pterodactyl Saturday.  She is a 42' ferrocement schooner that Eddy built.  He going to start taking her out for charter at Boston Harbor Marina. More info here



photo Cosima Landis
The apple didn't fall far from the tree because both Eddy's kids are bad ass sailors.  Ocean has his Captain's licence and owns his own ferrocement boat.  Check out Eddy's daughter Cosima's instagram page as she prepares to sail in the America's Cup!  I stole this shot of the Dactyl  :)




Inside this boat feels huge. So many small details.  I love the rear galley


This was a cool sewn cover that went over a portal window.  It was made 40 years ago from nylon, possibly old sails?, and it has the warm feel of stained glass... 


A nice door with a great latch to the...


Engine room and workshop!  Every boat/human needs one...


This book is incredible.  So much information and the best line drawings!  Clifford Ashley you rock.  Incredible design ideas on so many levels.  I love finding books like this one.



Sunday, May 7, 2017

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Copper Snail Shell Cupola Cap


I commissioned my friend Travis Conn to raise a copper snail shell cap for the cupola...
Photo by Scott Hollis

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Arts Walk event @ Orca Books this weekend! (April 28th to the 30th)



Travis Skinner's sculptural works will be displayed at the Orca Books arts walk event this weekend.  They show the process of interacting with different species of trees on an intimate level.  In all of the work you will see the material as the guide for the sculpture.  Hand tools were used to create natural form in Dogwood, Black Locust, Western Red Cedar and Western Hemlock.

Also being displayed will be photos and a short film of my most recent project, the Snail Shell Sauna.  This building is an 8 sided concentric ring yurt with a Fibonnaci sequence spiral radiating out as the entrance way.  I worked closely with sheet metal smith Travis Conn and was aided by the hands of  Christopher Sean Williams.  The sauna slithered it's way to the northern neck of East Olympia in the past few months.  Adventure photographer Scott Hollis snapped shots of the architectural mollusk and a special feature short film of the sauna will play thanks to drone camera man code_ultra_zyl.  Come see where the wave of sculpture crashes on the beaches of architecture.   

Monday, April 17, 2017

Snail Shell Sauna scoots along...

The spring weather allows for construction to slither with an unprecedented smoothness.  The snail shell sauna built itself this weekend, my friends and I were there to allow it to happen...  Thanks so much to everyone who helped.   Here are some photos from yesterday... 









Sunday, April 2, 2017

Copper Lantern


This copper lantern is a commission for Zyl Vardos' new house The Fuscia.  Thanks to Bill Hillman for help with the stained glass :)  I'm excited to see Olympia based artisans working together on architectural projects!


The lantern is a pentagon!  of course... 


It will hang as the entryway light on Zyl's take on the american crafstman style... coming soon.