Is Ronin Defendable?

11 Apr

I recently got this in my email, a blurb written apparently in my defense, posted to some list thread.

Apparently I was the victim of “character assassination” and one of our “Corten Crusaders” picked up a sword and parried a blow.

It’s nice to know that some of you have my back. Truly.

I thought I’d share it.

(Comments in Italics are MINE.)

“We ARE an island of misfits, a family, a tribe.”

(HEY! Who you callin’ a misfit, Mom…?) πŸ˜‰

The spirit behind Renaissance Ronin is much like I imagine more wise and noble cultures lived in our recent past.

I feel that way about Alex Klein’s “Corten Crusaders”. He’s a sage, a tribal elder leading us to a life were were already drawn to… a way of life on the fringes of the common culture.

Look, he left “the city” to go live up into the mountains focusing on his craft and increased awareness. Then, he traveled the world – like a monk on a mission… spreading his “Gospel According To Corten.”

(Truth be told, it was more like being chased from town to town by angry villagers bearing pitchforks and burning brands…) πŸ˜‰

His book on ISBU Structures (you can find it on his blog-sites) is yet another chapter in his “Testament of Common Sense and Affordable Sustainability”.

We’re a diverse group, to be sure.

  • WE come from all walks of life.
  • We are rich and we are poor.
  • We have NASA Rocket Scientists and Gov’t File Clerks numbered among us.
  • Some of us are “Saints” and some of us are “Warriors”.
  • Some of us seek Solitude – some seek the safety of Community.

We have seasons of incredible peace balanced by times of acute solitude, from hundreds of acres and hectares to hundreds of square feet.

We ARE a group spanning all cultures, each member bringing what they are to the party, as the best of what they are is added to the ingredient list.

(And compost. Don’t forget the compost. We get a lot of compost…)

We’re bound by a passion for the adventures in life, as experienced from our little steel dwellings.

(And, we don’t really like neighbors or busybodies trying to determine what is best for US…)

At Renaissance Ronin we find shelter and support, a place to give and get support… as we use common sense and increased awareness balanced by consideration and passion… to create a tribe of our own.”

Wow. Wasn’t that nice? It warms me to the cockles of my black little heart… πŸ™‚

I thank you for your support. Individually, we are just voices. Collectively, we’re a freakin’ “Corten Choir.”

Sing, my children… SING!

“Anna one, anna two…”

hey.. who the heck is “anna”? πŸ™‚

3 Responses to “Is Ronin Defendable?”

  1. Jeremiah April 11, 2011 at 8:23 am #

    naysayers beware. I’m seeing ALL KINDS of mainstream attention to the shipping container (corten castle) movement. Everything from design competitions to news articles to news casts (video) to interviews to new websites selling DIY designs….it’s amazing. I’ve only been on the “bandwagon” for a little over a year and in just that short amount of time I’ve seen a complete shift in a lot of attitudes towards more sustainable and alternative building solutions. CAN I GET A AMEN BROTHERS AND SISTERS! YEYAS-A! HALLELUJAH!

    • Renaissance Ronin April 11, 2011 at 11:48 am #


      It’s the “overnight sensation” that only took over thirty long years of nights… πŸ™‚

      As “the times and the turmoils” become more evident, many of us are looking for a “new “path, to find safe shelter for our families.

      Who knew that it would lead right back to “old roads”? πŸ˜‰


      I’m a genius.

      (Okay, okay… in my own mind.) Sheesh… everybody is a critic!

      Amen, Bro! Now just tickle that plate as it goes past ya! Daddy needs a new pair of welding gloves! πŸ™‚

  2. Jeremiah April 11, 2011 at 8:36 am #

    just found this link and thought you’d find it interesting.

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