About a month ago we met Russ Prior at the 2015 Tiny House Conference in Portland. As you might remember, he offered us a parking spot on his gorgeous timber farm near Mt. Rainier and we spent a week relaxing in his 400 square foot log cabin. When it came time for us to visit Seattle, Russ came to our rescue once again, offering us parking in his driveway next to his Radical Gypsy Wagon.
Russ has lead a pretty amazing life. After high school, he decided to bike across the United States. He remembers sleeping in churches and on couches, relying on the kindness of strangers for shelter and showers. Today Russ continues to pay that kindness forward by gifting two nomadic tiny housers (us) parking, electricity and wifi for a few days.
Russ lived in the cabin on his timber farm for a few years and built the Gypsy Wagon as an overflow bedroom for guests. His tiny wagon includes: a twin bed, sitting area, folding desk / table, closet, chest of drawers, speaker system and a breathtaking wood sink. Russ handmade almost everything in his Gypsy Wagon, from the windows to the light fixtures to the cushions. As an ode to his log cabin – “SKYO” – the back window has a glass artistic depiction of the property.
Obviously, Russ is a talented wood worker (he hand carved those serpents)! In his spare time, he creates gorgeous wood bowls from the scrap wood he collects from his timber farm. Take my word for it, these bowls are gorgeous works of art! At the 2015 Tiny House Conference, hundreds of people complimented the Gypsy Wagon’s tiny wood sink. So, Russ thinks he might start making those as well. Who wants one??
Like us, Russ has plans for upgrades to his tiny abode, such as converting the bench into an additional twin bed.
Here’s a question: Is a tiny house ever finished? My answer: No, a tiny house evolves.