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September 29, 2015
Our favorite site for off-the-grid inspiration gets a new tome.
Geometric wood cabin in Oberwiesenthal, Germany

Sebastian Heise’s wooden structure, seemingly atilt, overlooks a green valley in Oberwiesenthal, Germany. The two horizontal windows on the side and the front porch give the home its own unique sense of balance.

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Sebastian Heise
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Tiny cabin in Groti, Norway

Anka Lamprecht and Lukas Wezel shared their rustic domicile in a valley in Grotli, Norway. Boasting an enviable view, it’s the first cabin archived in the book’s “Backcountry” category that features homesteads in the wilderness. 

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Anka Lamprecht and Lukas Wezel
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Woodsy cabin built into the hillside in Joseph, Oregon

Some cabins are underground, or in the book’s taxonomy, Earthen. Dan Price’s former home was once broken into and the result was his commitment to live with fewer things, in nature. His hobbit-like home in Joseph, Oregon is complete with tunnels, crawlspaces, and a low-ceilinged bedroom. Using heavy-guage sheeting and wooden structures as roofing elements, he covered the space with dirt to facilitate natural growth above.

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Noah Kalina
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Small cabin in Kulusuk, Greenland overlooking a lake

In Kulusuk, East Greenland, Haukur Sirgurdsson enjoys the reflections of a large lake speckled with floating ice chunks.

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Haukur Sirgurdsson
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Cozy geodesic cabin near Cardigan, Wales

Jackson Tucker Lynch’s geodesic yurt in fforest Camp near Cardigan, Wales makes inventive use of ceiling fabric to soften the interior while also providing insulation. The drapes create privacy and help defuse lighting.

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Wood structure in the Bosnian village of of Zelenkovac

Once a water mill, this cabin suitable for folklore was built by a Serbian painter. He constructed several cabins on the shores of the river in the Bosnian village of of Zelenkovac.

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Brice Portolano
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Tiny wood camper attached to a Honda Civic

Among the more interesting inclusions in the book's “Salvaged” category is Jay Nelson’s Honda Civic camper. The fine woodwork shaping the arched living space provides a striking contrast to the vehicle below.

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Jay Nelson
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Tree house 30 feet off the ground in Idaho

Ethan Schussler built his first tree house at 12 years old. His today, in Sandpoint, Idaho, sits 30 feet above the ground and is accessed, if not by the rope ladder, an “elevator” consisting of a bicycle that, when pedaled, ascends a pulley system to the top.

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Noah Kalina
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Geometric wood cabin in Oberwiesenthal, Germany

Sebastian Heise’s wooden structure, seemingly atilt, overlooks a green valley in Oberwiesenthal, Germany. The two horizontal windows on the side and the front porch give the home its own unique sense of balance.

The new book Cabin Porn: Inspiration for Your Quiet Place Somewhere (Little Brown and Company) feasts on competing desires. One desire is to “get away from it all.” Another is to stay in constant contact with interesting people or subjects through the Web and social media. Cabin Porn started as a reader-sourced Tumblr account where people shared photographs of their rustic cabins, all modest in size. 10 million unique visitors strong, the hard-bound compendium of the site's contributions has arrived. Here, we take a look at a few of our favorite examples of cabin living from the book.

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