Nice Original Cypress Porch Posts.  Though The Porch Floor Is Gone, It Gives Us A Good Look At What Is Below.

Happy Holidays! …. A beaded wood house for a “Salvage Bootcamp Holiday”

Got a little left over aggression from 2015? Want to beat on some things to get it out of your system? How about doing it all for the sake of making the New Year a better one than the last by taking what is sad and full of bad memories and turning it into New Dreams materials.

Yes, I ran across this great example of 1890’s architecture today and they want it down rather fast as the taxes for the new year will be assessed if it is up past about January 6th. So its us or the fire, and I can’t resist trying to save the parts and pieces, regardless of the mucky memories it is clearly full of that make it relatively not worth saving. If you can not find happiness living in a house, then it is time for it to disappear.

Yes, it may sound strange to some, but for others like myself, who feel the energy of the past that holds thick to the walls and air within a house, you would understand why no one in the family wants this house to come back to life again in this shape and form. We specialize in changing that energy into a new and vibrant form, full of imagination, new love, and mixed with other happy houses so the wood can once again Love and protect those within from the storms and trials of life outside.

Okay, it looks a bit plain, but then again, I have taken this house down several times, this style that is.

Okay, it looks a bit plain, but then again, I have taken this house down several times, this style that is.

Nice original Cypress porch posts.  Though the porch floor is gone, it gives us a good look at what is below.

Nice original Cypress porch posts. Though the porch floor is gone, it gives us a good look at what is below.

I love the awnings, a later add on in a metal, and they are classic, reusable, and hopefully will make it onto a Tiny Texas House before they get bashed, bent, and destroyed as is typically the case.

I love the awnings, a later add on in a metal, and they are classic, reusable, and hopefully will make it onto a Tiny Texas House before they get bashed, bent, and destroyed as is typically the case.

The back porches that were closed in, as is normal.

The back porches that were closed in, as is normal.

The fireplace, separating from the house, concreted over at one point to hold it together I imagine as it tilted away.  On the back side is the one known bee hive.  We want to try and save them if we can.

The fireplace, separating from the house, concreted over at one point to hold it together I imagine as it tilted away. On the back side is the one known bee hive. We want to try and save them if we can.

Here is the view where the front porch is gone.  Great news as it shows the big beams and how it was built.  Definitely pre 1900.  Yes!

Here is the view where the front porch is gone. Great news as it shows the big beams and how it was built. Definitely pre 1900. Yes!

They do not get much more tasty than this.  No sheet rock or paneling to slow us down or pull the nails from, haul out for nothing but to throw away or burn.  No, this is all good stuff.

They do not get much more tasty than this. No sheet rock or paneling to slow us down or pull the nails from, haul out for nothing but to throw away or burn. No, this is all good stuff.

Light fixtures, the fireplace, all the doors, trim,

Light fixtures, the fireplace, all the doors, trim,

I even liked all the colors of the walls that were not likely painted more than twice in their lives.  Sweet.

I even liked all the colors of the walls that were not likely painted more than twice in their lives. Sweet.

This is the wall with the honey bees waiting to be moved to a nicer place, hopefully out by my house.

This is the wall with the honey bees waiting to be moved to a nicer place, hopefully out by my house.

Another cool light fixture, and more walls and ceilings of painted beaded wood.

Another cool light fixture, and more walls and ceilings of painted beaded wood.

We did cover most of the colors in the book on this, but they are not so bad actually.

We did cover most of the colors in the book on this, but they are not so bad actually.

Nice blues, yellows, white, and beige, but also a bit of excitement on the back porch.

Nice blues, yellows, white, and beige, but also a bit of excitement on the back porch.

Just more and more beaded wood, at $4.50 per sf it does add up after a while.   We will be splitting up a portion of this booty to send home with those who stay for the full time, or keep for them until they are ready to build something with it. (reasonable time of course).

Just more and more beaded wood, at $4.50 per sf it does add up after a while. We will be splitting up a portion of this booty to send home with those who stay for the full time, or keep for them until they are ready to build something with it. (reasonable time of course).

A lighter version, and all the doors are panel painted too.

A lighter version, and all the doors are panel painted too.

Finally the sizzler color comes into view on the way to the very plain updated bath that like the kitchen, is not worth even showing.

Finally the sizzler color comes into view on the way to the very plain updated bath that like the kitchen, is not worth even showing.

So this house needs us to give it such new life, and I aim to preserve as much of it as possible. Look at the great beaded wood ceilings, walls, and then the 3 1/4 wood floors. The lighting is great, though simple, and the siding on the outside can be saved too. This will have incredible lumber in the walls due to when it was made, and perhaps even have square nails through out too. Just a wow of a house to have a Salvage Bootcamp in and teach others how to do this so that more houses will be saved in other places as well. So for all of you who keep saying, I want to be there for the next one, then the next one, and after a few years now, still the next one, I should name this the Next one Salvage Bootcamp…. in fact I will.

Here it is at last, “The Next One Salvage Bootcamp”

So I have a plan to put it on the schedule when nearly everyone can get away if they want to…. between Christmas and New Years because that is dead time in the business world, and easy to take off for most. Yes you can be with family and I hope, if that is what you want, you will, but for some, holidays are not the best time to be home. If you don’t plan on drinking your holidays away, watching football games, and some of the other great past times that Americans spend those great days on…. then this may be your way out. I figure on starting the first weekend the 26th of December, for those not hung over, and running it all week long through New Years, which we will likely celebrate in some fashion perhaps, if we get enough people, a party with some music from amongst our participants if some talent shows up. We can have a bonfire either out there or back at camp, and then go back at it the next day, perhaps a bit later start, though we always start late and go till dark.

Yes, there are no good excuses other than the cold and rain, which for the first few days we will be inside if we have to, and then out under tents if we need to. Lots of variety of work to be done, from nail pullers/shooters with our nifty Nail Kicker guns that shoot them out backwards, as well as pulling them with 1890’s tools. We will have the ability to take this down in less than a ten day period if enough people show up, I believe we cand have it down and cleaned up in 7 days or less, in which case we could have a great party on New Years eave to celebrate and perhaps set about creating a new house with the parts for the beginning weekend of the New Year. Wouldnt that be great. We might be able to do that even if we don’t finish the teardown completely if we have enough people and I will just have to be in both places at once…. well, I may need a helper in charge at the bootcamp that day.

So Here is the official schedule and I suppose the terms to come and participate that proves there is some value to the education that you all will get from participating.
Officially it is from Saturday December 26th of 2015 to January 3rd of 2016. Wow, that looks like a year crammed into ten days.

Location in in the Harwood area about 4 miles north of IH 10 off from hwy 304. No more information until closer to time and only then to participants. Not a tourist spot we want to have a lot of people visiting while this is going on. You will be able to stay at our Tiny Texas Houses site in RV’s, campers, tents, and we will have a few spaces in a dorm space as well as 6 Tiny Texas Houses available to stay in. So far at least 2 are taken to be shared, and only one more is really great for sharing, then two where the sharing is less roomy. So let us know soon if you are interested and committed to coming. If you commit and then don’t someone else will miss out because there is a limit and we will turn people away at that point.

The cost: unless you get some special status for prior Bootcamps where you are already trained, membership discount for belonging to Puresalvageliving.com, or other secret discounts will be FREE to 20 people for the whole ten days. If you only come one weekend….. $FREE$ though the second weekend may be a Salvage Building seminar instead if we are fast and take her down before the New Years party. $FREE$ for the weekdays and $FREE$ for the other Weekend. That is $FREE$ if you do it that way or $FREE$ for all of it, or portions there of at your choice. (come, leave, return, etc).

For those who Pay $450 to come to the seminar come for the whole seminar and work hard, we will be splitting up 25% of the booty amongst those who take that portion out and pay to learn and do the work to get the materials out for the whole time it takes. Imagine building your new house out of some of the parts that you helped take out, denail, clean up, and then create with. What more could you want for your home than the whole provinance as part of your life story. Pass that on to others and you have a story to tell for sure.

Only those who pay $450 for the seminar will be able to take 25% of what they remove and denail home.

So, if you want to be part of it, this does not include cost for food, where you will be staying, or your personal habits while here (heh), but we can provide for some of that at reasonable costs. Food, as in breakfasts, lunches, dinners, but you can also do the restaurant scene or cook on our stove if you clean up after. I love having a big family feel to the event but have found I spend more than the seminar at this low price to feed everyone alone, not counting the other costs to get it ready and go. If we have enough people, we will have a porta potty even… wow. Otherwise, we will be saving the bathroom as the last room to come down and it is not so great already but cleaner than most. Heh.

As for places to stay, well I have some Tiny Texas Houses on site here, in varying degrees of comfort and amenitites. First come first served, but reservations do count in that equation. You can share spaces which will range from $50 per night to $85 per night with the Bath house available to all for free. RV’s are good if you want to bring one though I am not sure I will have enough power to plug in electric heat for all of them so have a plan if you like it hot. I use a hot bottle of water under my covers so figure what is good enough for me may be good enough for you to. The houses with electric will have a heater. That is the Blue Moon, Vicky One, Vicky Two, the Kidd, but not as yet, Gingered Swan (though that could change if she is booked at the higher rate, I will run electric for heat and lighting too.). Under Manifestation Bay is the White Swan who may still be there by then, and available with electric and thus heat. So that is the gameplan and I will elaborate more later. This is to get it out now for the late night owls and early birds in the morning.

So email me if you are wanting to be part of the limited attendence seminar. No more than 25 people allowed as that is too much trouble to watch over so many without someone risking getting hurt. While it has only reached that number once for the Ugly Duckling which came down in a day, this is a harder house and I am optomistic given I am Gifting this event to those who have wanted to come but money, timing, and health have held them back in the past. This will hopefully open the door to more Free Salvage Bootcamps if people who come for free work hard, learn fast, and take this back to make tiny miracles happen, then it will be success. Seems so many excuses from all directions arise at the last second for so many, but perhaps this time, the event between the holidays which fall on Fridays will allow for a better result.

I so hope we can show you how to transform the past into an incredible future and see how it can be done without letting the memories of the past interfer with the great visions you may still have in your head.

Let me invite you to email me or call me so we can share and answer your questions. Brad@puresalvageliving.com or call me at 830-875-2500.

Here is the Liability Waiver all participants will be required to agree to and sign before coming to any Salvage Mining or Salvage Building event, internship, or participant in on site events of any sort. Please let us know if you have any issues with it or questions. I tried to make it clear. It also has a release for in case you are filmed so that we can post the event on the websites, and to create a video for everyone who participates to get later. Hoping I will get some help on this part for it is not my forte and I am still learning video editing.

TTH Liability and Photog Release