Tiny Texas Houses is beginning our summer series of Salvage Bootcamps!
Now is your chance to get hands on experience in the art of salvage mining!
Brad Kittel and the Tiny Texas Team will be hosting a salvage teardown bootcamp in Westhoff Texas where we will be deconstructing a full house and barn on an old ranch in the outskirts of the town.
You’ll have the chance to learn everything about the salvage mining world including:
• How to Survey a site upon arrival and appraise the value
• The Art of Cherrypicking (what to look for and remove first)
• Identifying wood types, grains, and material value
• Practical Safety Guidelines when Salvage Mining
• The tools and gadgets needed to complete an entire salvage mining job
• The phases of tearing down a structure safely and efficiently
• Leveraging and De-nailing techniques
• Floor, Trim, Interior/Exterior Skin Removal
• Hardware identification and removal
• Window removal
• Disposal options with trash and waste
• How to safely load a trailer for transportation
• How to turn salvaged materials into healthy new homes!
The Cost is $250.00
The dates for the salvage bootcamp are from Friday April 5th-Sunday April 7th
Camping is allowed on site, although power hookups will be limited. There will be a restroom and running water on site as well. No showers will be available on site.
The tentative schedule for each day will be as follows (subject to change):
10am – Seminar Begins/Overview of site (including material identification, appraisal value, safety course, and initial cherrypicking)
12:30pm – Lunch Break (bring your own lunch or visit a local restaurant though options are limited by location)
2:00pm – Seminar continues moving into Salvage Mining Phase lessons and hands-on deconstruction
7:00pm or dusk – Seminar ends for the day. Review of days events and Q&A session with Brad and Team.
You will be able to camp on site with a tent, sleeping bag, or the like. We can host a select number of RV’s or motorhomes but there will not be water or electric hookups. You may remain on site for the length of the event both day and night and are free to come and go as you please. There will be a fire pit and grill for cooking and campfires.The closest hotels are in Quero, Texas (a 15 minute drive from Westhoff). You must make your own arrangements and plans if you intend on sleeping off site.
Food and Drinks:
We will be providing some small snacks and water but we ask everyone to bring their own food, drinks, and ice chests for the length of the event. We will not be providing full meals.
What to Bring:
Each Participant is asked to bring the following
1. Safety Work Gloves
2. Boots or Steel Toed shoes (No sandals allowed!)
3. Pants and at least one long sleeve shirt
4. Dust Mask
4. Safety Goggles
All tools for the salvage bootcamp will be provided but feel free to bring your own if you would like exclusive use of your own tools (like a hammer with claws, crowbar, flathead and philips screwdrivers, measuring tape, etc).
Like our many other salvage mining bootcamps, this will be a ruffian kind of scenario. You will be working around old, dusty materials, the site will have minimal amenities, and we’ll be out in the elements for the bulk of the experience. Please be aware of the inherit risks and liabilities you are taking upon yourself by attending this event. Everyone will sign a liability waiver before the seminar begins.
***We require a minimum of 10 sign-ups to be filled to conduct this seminar. If we do not have 10 sign-ups by the week of April 5th we will postpone or cancel the seminar entirely. A full refund will be given to anyone who pays for the event if the event is cancelled.***
****There will be 5 position available for free for volunteers. As a volunteer you must help with cleaning, organizing, and assisting for a minimum of 3 hours a day and then you are free to help and or audit the seminar for the remainder of the day. To sign up as a volunteer please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your email titled “Salvage Bootcamp Volunteer” and we will get back with you. ****
Auditors (those who just watch the days events but don’t work or assist in any hands-on way) are welcome to attend the seminar but will still pay full price.
The cost of the seminar is $250.00
Payments for the event can be made online via Paypal (See link below) or in cash at our Tiny Texas Houses facility in Luling, Texas.
The exact location details will be released to all sign-ups as the event date approaches!