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.

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Jay Shafer

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Themes: Passion
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How He Found The NeighborhoodWeb Exclusive
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Milestones

Milestones

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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Education

Education

highschool
High School
undergrad
Bachelor
graduate
Graduate
Painting
Career

Career

Founder/Designer

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

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Design
Design
Engineering
Engineering
Upholding a Cause and Belief
Upholding a Cause and Belief