I've recently become a little obsessed with Lloyd Kahn's book Driftwood Shacks. It's a collection of pictures that he's taken of--literally--driftwood shacks (and a few other beach structures). For me, reading the book is a meditative experience. We all see these structures on the beach--but Kahn's photos and his book, surprisingly, provide depth to the experience. I love having this book on my coffee table. People who find it there pick it up and love it.
I asked Kahn to write a few words about the book. He also provided a few of the pictures. Enjoy.
Searching for driftwood shacks makes every trip to the beach exciting these days. These structures are anonymous — I’ve never found out who built any of them — and they are temporary. None of them last very long — victims of winter storms, high tides, or big surf. Their design is based upon materials lying on the beach, and they are invariably built without nails. I often drive up the coast to visit friends in Mendocino County, and when I stop off at Salmon Creek Beach, Gualala Point Regional Park, Manchester Beach State Park, and Navarro Beach, I know that there will be some new structures I haven’t yet seen.
This is a book for beachcombers everywhere.
-- Lloyd Kahn