Thanksgiving Weekend Westoff Salvage Bootcamp 2012

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“Westoff Texas Salvage Bootcamp” and weekend seminar

Arrival on Friday afternoon through evening with tour time at 4:45 at the Luling TTH facility, evening seminar, and planning session. 1212 Ih10, Luling, Texas also known as exit 628 on IH10, the south side service road going East is my driveway for the last half mile after the entry ramp for Houston on IH10. (Don’t get on that ramp unless you want to go to Buccees 4 miles up the road and turn around).

Options for Housing or camping for sleep-over on site, in Gonzales, and Luling, Texas.

Limited menu food options provided and a full kitchen to cook at in Gonzales as well as some preparation space in Luling will allow for gatherings, eating together, and commiserating over the sore muscles, pains, and great fun everyone will have on the outing to a great ranch in the middle of nowhere called Westoff, Texas. The Guadalupe river runs along the property and you will have the chance to go see, touch, taste, swim in, fish in, and wade in if you please…… brrrrr. but you will need to assume all liability for yourself, as always, for that and all things that happen while you are on one of our projects.

Pricing will vary depending on the accommodations and food, but the intent is to simply cover some of the administrative costs of running this and hopefully getting some of it filmed in order to teach others how to do it too.

Over night stay at the Wallace St. Pure Living Retreat which will be in minimal roughing it conditions like inflatable mattresses, sleeping bags or brought along comforters and feather blankets. We have one shower but two baths, one is under reconstruction and could be night time seminar to get it done if enough people are interested. It would be just like the ones we put in the Tiny Texas Houses, likely Granite.

Time for project could be through Monday depending on how many people show up but not all are required to be there the whole time. Certification Credits for Experience Training on this style of single wall construction farmhouse will be given to all who participate in getting it to the ground on Saturday and Sunday. Monday will likely be outbuildings where the participants could get some of the materials as a bonus.

Pricing for participation $25 per day is for the seminar and $25 per day for the limited luxury but spacious, with kitchen, gathering, and bath accommodations (roughing it but indoors). Some Camping spots for tents will be available at the Wallace St. Retreat in Gonzales at $5 charge per night to help defray utility/overhead costs and clean up at the house as well as for some basic comforts that will come with being able to be inside for meals and comrade before crashing for the night. RV’s could stay in Gonzales, Luling, or out on the Ranch in Westoff next to the house so as to report on if there are any Ghosts checking things out at night while we are home. LOL.

Camping and RV’s can also be out at the Tiny Texas Territories with 40 acres to choose from and a big shower/bath to share, possibly a nice bonfire and some music at night along with some interior space on the floor for air mattresses and sleeping bags if we need to have more protection from the weather. This will be available in the building that is now the SalvageFaire headquarters where we will soon be building the audio and video recording studios along with the stages for live performances that can be recorded from the same studio control room.

Presently our RV spaces will have somewhat limited amperage but for sure basic power, a water supply but not necessarily access to a blackwater waste connection except for a dump station. Services available will depend on the number of people who come and need them. 6 or more possible. $15-$20 per night depending on utilities and temperature so as to figure cost to heat and access to proper amperage.

Camping spaces may also be available at the nearby RV parks in Luling and at Ottine’s Palmetto Park.

Total cost for stay will also hinge on participation in shared or payed for meals. Great breakfast tacos are available from nearby restaurants in both towns and a kitchen in both places for really early risers to prep coffee, cook breakfast like scrambled eggs, potatoes, and toast. Lunches will be out on the site and will be $10 each if we have it catered in, most likely a macrobiotic dish of a delicious and memorable sort. Other options are invited including carnivores who wish to barbeque or cook other group dishes that will alleviate any cost if everyone throws in and helps clean it up afterwards.

Seminars in the form of short presentations on various subjects are part of what the $25 per day covers, along with the chance to learn, get certified to be considered for future Bootcamps that will pay bonuses in the form of parts and pieces to star participants and those who go the extra mile for some bartered pay.

Friday through Monday will be $100 for participation in the Salvage Bootcamp
Daily accommodations as needed as per various options available and changeable if weather dictates.


Email with your name and phone number(s) to reach you at, for more information and to sign up.

What to bring:

Hard soled shoes, gloves, safety goggles, ear plugs or head gear to protect ears, face masks or respirators if you have allergies or immune system sensitivity. Long pants, preferably jeans or several layers of controlled garb below the waist line so as not to have it get snagged and cause harm to people, building materials, or clothes. I recommend long sleeve shirts and jackets that will not snag easily and rip as there are plenty of snags to grab you on a salvage job. Don’t come wearing anything you value as tearing pants and shirts is commonplace on the jobs.

Email with your name and phone number(s) to reach you at, for more information and to sign up.