The Beauty of a Local, Living Economy

While, this local, living economy happens to be in Oregon, I believe Brian's words about the Japanese Forest House he built can speak to people anywhere.

With deep enough pockets a person might be able to duplicate such a structure by writing a large check to a talented builder, but that would risk missing the point entirely. Almost every piece of this tiny house was salvaged, most of it from within a ten miles of where the house sits. Small details and decorations were created by local artists, even going so far that the paper in my Japanese lanterns was hand made seven miles from here. I milled most of the timber on-site. Whether or not one believes that turning a log from beside the house into the house itself imbues it with some mystical qualities, it is undeniable that the pursuit of local materials connects more deeply to your landscapes, your neighbors, and yourself. The simple act of searching adds richness to our lives. To reiterate: you meet people, you discover new places, you have adventures, you learn things, AND, you come home with beams, windows, doors, and shingles. It takes more time, but that is also time you are not working to pay for it, and actually enjoying yourself, building something infinitely more attractive than yet another plywood and sheet rock box.

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