Jay Shafer

Jay Shafer

Founder / Designer

Tumbleweed Tiny House Company

Sebastopol, CA USA

Know what you need to be happy, and get rid of the rest.


By Roadtrip Nation

Jay Shafer


My road in life has been direct.
Went to grad school, did his Master's degree in fine arts painting.
Worked as a grocery store clerk for 10 years after school-calls this his "intermission," when he gathered his thoughts.
Did the "fine arts" thing for a while, but felt like he was "wasting his potential."
Says the "gnawing" feeling of wasted potential is a great feeling to have and to follow.
Started steering his art towards architectural work; got tired of sculpture so he started designing, building houses.
Believes society puts too much emphasis on "talent"-architecture didn't "come naturally," but he got good at it through hard work and passion.
Found that there was a lot of interest in his "tiny houses," people liked the idea of living simply.
Says once you put aside the pressure of a mortgage, etc., you can focus on the things you truly love to do.
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Founder / Designer

I design and build beautiful, functional, tiny houses for people who want to simplify their lives.

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