Basic Building Skills * Tiny House Edition

Hands-on series of events for all basic building skills needed to 'DIY' any structure, in this case a tiny house!

Join one session (each workshop is a stand-alone session) or join them all, discounts apply for multiple events!

Building a "tiny house" on wheels is one way that people are finding the satisfaction of comfortable living with the possibility of being completely mobile and even living relatively tax-free at the same time.

This workshop series on Basic Building Skills sharing skills that apply to conventional building projects as well as to tiny homes.

  • Geared to the beginner, the series of eight stand-alone classes over five months will cover many facets of building - with each workshop designed to be taken on its own, or as part of the series.
  • All sessions will highlight ways to build with materials acquired cheaply or free and are set up on a basis of "lesson, demo, hands-on practice."
  • Each class will offer an optional 8 am session on building codes and DOT regulations.  This session is designed for those who want to "do it yourself" for your tiny kingdom on wheels!
  • The framework of the tiny house is in place on it's trailer, this series focuses on all of the finish work needed to make it a cozy home.  The workshop outline also includes design and building concepts, with full explanation provided.  There will be plenty of time for questions as well.

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2018 Series

Sign up for one or more, each class is specific to a topic.
Discounts available for multiple classes
(see 'Donation' below.)
Sessions held on-site in *Adams Center, NY* (near Watertown, NY/Johnstown, Ont)

Schedule & Topics
April 28      rough and finish carpentry and an introduction to drain plumbing
Insulation, exterior siding, installing windows, plan and start drain plumbing, plus grey water and composting toilets.

May 5         interior finish carpentry and introduction to supply water plumbing and heating
Interior finish carpentry (building the loft, flooring and partition walls), intro to supply water plumbing including soldering copper pipes, propane stove connections.

May 12       water and wiring introduction
Finding water, wells, water heating, and an introduction to wiring (including alternative power, charge controller/inverter), generators, and installing the main breaker panel.  Hot water baseboard, circulation pump, thermostat  and safe wood stove connections will also be covered.

May 26       water and wiring wrap-up
Wiring, switches, and lighting completed, plumbing supply and drain lines completed.
June 15-17
 Woodhenge Music, Art and Sustainability Festival
July 7          cabinets
Building simple kitchen cabinets from easy to get materials. Building the frames, covering them, doors, drawers and hardware will be covered.

July 28       counter tops and tile
Countertops for working surfaces: ceramic tile, formica and wooden countertops will be covered.
August 11   exterior finishes
Paints, stains, caulk, wood trim and flashing will be covered.
August 25   detailing
Includes all finish detailing including trim, caulking, light fixtures and more, as needed.

RSVP needed due to limited class size please.

Building a Tiny House is presented by Jim Juczak of Woodhenge Self Reliance Campus in Adams Center, NY (near Watertown, NY and Johnstown, Ont.) in conjunction with the Local Living Venture.

Topics that will be covered include

DOT regulations; Building codes
Basic wood framing 
Finish carpentry
Solar electric power; Heating options
Basic electrical wiring: AC and DC
Basic plumbing supply and drains
Wells, composting toilets, greywater
Scrounging supplies and materials
Finding land
...and your questions!

Jim Juczak is a former shop teacher of 25 years, among many other things. Jim and his wife, Krista and their family live at Woodhenge, a 55-acre intentional community with several other families they have invited to live there.  Writing (both articles and books), lecturing on a wide variety of self reliance topics, and inventing are amongst the things he does. He also consults on off-grid energy system design and specializes in deep-well solar pumps. His first book, The High Art and Subtle Science of Scrounging, has been in print since 2008. His second book, Water Supply Systems for the Homesteader, became available in 2011.

*   This is a "hands-on" event so bring your work clothes, sturdy shoes, and appropriate outerwear for the weather conditions.
*   Any tools you wish to bring should be clearly marked for easy identification and return (more on this in the RSVP you will receive.)


  • For this unique learning experience, a $60 general public, $110 couple/family of two, $20 student donation is requested for material costs, to cover overhead expenses and to benefit Local Living Venture non-profit workshop creation.
  • Discounts: Sign up for three pre-paid events and receive 10% off ($162) or five pre-paid events and receive the sixth free ($300, for a $60 savings.)  Offer is valid to sign up after trying one session at the regular rate; we will pro-rate in the others you sign up for.
  • A delightful lunch is included in each workshop.
  • Free housing/camping is provided for those coming from a distance, bring your gear.  No hook ups for RV's but facilities on site can be used. 
  • Reduced Rate / Partial Scholarships are available upon request.
  • Cancellation refunds are 50% of the class donation fee, refunds are forfeited if within three days of the workshop.
  • Please note that our generous Presenters are volunteers donating their time to support the Local Living Venture, and this is a major means of support for our community organization.

Class size is limited and a meal is provided, so attendees need to RSVP please.
Contact or (315) 347-4223.


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Workshop Date:  
Your Name(s): 
Phone number(s):
Number in party:
Ages (if under 21): 

Lunch and snacks are included.  Please note any dietary preferences or restrictions:
Food allergies, gluten-free, vegan, etc. or N/A

Optional 8 am session:  Yes / No
There is an optional session on DOT codes for mobile units and building regulations that starts at 8 am for each of the sessions - but will only occur if requested.

Housing Needed (if applicable): 
Provided free of cost for those coming from a distance.
Friday night         YES / NO
Saturday night     YES / NO
Both                     YES / NO
Please note which of the options below may apply, and any detail we may need to accommodate your needs.
1)  Semi-primitive camping is available (indoor facilities for ablutions are available.)
2)  Note if bringing a tent, van, RV (note vehicle length), or prefer an indoor space, etc.
3)  There are some indoor options as well - an intern cabin, a guest room in the main house and a 5th wheel camper.

Donation Remitted:  Amount: $             Date:              Method:
Your donation can be made by check to "Local Living Venture" at PO Box 736, Canton, NY 13617
or can be made online  (please add an additional $5 handling fee per person) with a credit or debit card - PayPal account *not* required. 
Contact to make other payment arrangements. 
Please note all terms and inclusions in "Suggested Donation" above.

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Woodhenge Self Reliance Campus

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   T h e   L o c a l   L i v i n g  V e n t u r e
Sharing Knowledge from the Past  ~  Building Skills for the Future

Coordinating near-weekly Resourceful Living Skills Workshops, community events and information exchanges - sharing traditional rural and simple living skills for a healthy and capable community.
We collaborate in presenting these life-long learning events with generous community members who have skills and knowledge to share.

The Local Living Venture is coordinated entirely by volunteers.
With a small staff, and your support, we make big things happen!

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 Local Living Venture
315. 347. 4223    *     PO Box 736  Canton, NY 13617
A 501(c)(3) community-based educational non-profit organization
Website made possible by the Northern New York Community Foundation

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July 28th, 2018 9:00 AM   through   5:00 PM
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Adams Center, NY 13606
United States
Phone: 315-347-4223
Mobile: 315-261-1926

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