In February of 2014, long time friend Tucker Gorman and I started day dreaming about building a tree house. I wanted to set up a home base and build a space to work on projects. These day dreams quickly developed into loose plans to build a two tree houses and a skate bowl. After months of preparation and planning, we broke ground in the beginning of June.
Friends old and new stopped by to work and stay on the property. Some of us worked as carpenters professionally, others learned on the go. Over the course of build, I took thousands of photos and kept sketches, models and notes from the design process.
Since finishing the tree houses, I’ve been organizing these images, drawings and notes into a book. This book will be different than my last two photo books. Think of it as one part instructional book, one part photo book, and one part tiny homes book. My goal is to make something that shows the process from dreaming up a seemingly outlandish idea to the final result after thousands of hours of hard work and the moments that happened in between. I hope that result ignites the imagination of people’s inner kid and gets ideas going for their own projects. To make the book happen, I'm funding it through Kickstarter here.
I'm working with Farm League on the production of the book. They produced films like 180 Degrees South and The Fisherman's Son and do print projects for companies like Patagonia. They also produced the video. I'm really excited about the progress we've made and can't wait to finish it. Here are some examples of the page layouts and what the front and back covers will look like.
The Cinder Cone will be 10 inches by 7.5 inches, about 135 pages and with a hardcover. During this campaign, the book will be $30 for a signed copy, if the campaign is successful, the book will retail for $35.
Material lists, build notes and process photos are organized into sections, like this wood burning hot tub.
Full color and printed on matte art paper, sections of the book document the steps and process of building large and small projects.
In addition to my photos, shots by Ian Durkin, Trevor Gordon, Java Fernandez and Alex Yoder will be in the book. The majority of the photos in the book were shot on medium format film.
The design and building of the tree house.
Tucker Gorman's (the tree houses designer) sketches from the build were scanned and included in book to show how ideas evolved.
The building of the skate bowl.
I'm really excited about this book and the video. Its been a ton of work, more than I've put into any other project. The video was a first for me and was an opportunity to work with, Jess Gibson. As a kid, I loved the Robot Food Snowboarding movies and it was a treat to work with him on them this video. The book is an ode to my favorite childhood books about woodcraft and primitive skills. Thanks for the support.
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