Operation Tiny Home is proud to be the official charity organization of the 2017 National Tiny House & Simple Living Jamboree!


Tiny House & Simple Living Jamboree

 Arlington Convention Center, Texas

October 27 - 29, 2017

Don't miss the chance to work along side Zack Giffin, Tiny Home Specialist and co-host of FYI’s TV Show, Tiny House Nation, to learn convertible furniture and finish carpentry techniques while helping to complete a tiny home for a veteran in need.

After the event, Operation Tiny Home will donate the finished tiny home to Farmers Assisting Returning Military - F.A.R.M. 


F.A.R.M. helps veterans in their transition from military to civilian life by providing a new mission and purpose for veterans through an immersive internship program, allowing them to continue their commitment of serving their country, by feeding their country. As veterans progress through the healing process of their program, a new generation of sustainable farmers is grown to replenish an aging farm community entering retirement. 

Immerse yourself in a day of woodworking with the guidance of professional craftsman, Zack Giffin, in this once in a lifetime opportunity. 

Space is limited!

To ensure that as many people as possible can contribute, we ask that each person only register in one workshop during the Jamboree, so take a look below and make sure to pick your favorite day!

Thursday, October 26, 2017, 9AM - 5:00PM

Finish Carpentry & Furniture with Zack Giffin

$40.00 suggested donation (free for veterans)
*All proceeds support the Building A Better Future For Veterans Program.

Friday, October 27, 2017, 9AM - 3:00PM 

Finish Carpentry & Furniture + Shou Sugi Ban with Zack Giffin and John Weisbarth


Shou Sugi Ban (Wood Charring)

Operation Tiny Home partner, Michelle Wunder of Tiny Homes of Oklahoma will join Zack & John in guiding us through the techniques used to char wood, based on the traditional Japanese technique called Shou Sugi Ban. Farmers in Japan discovered many centuries ago that the burning of the outer surface of their cedar wood barns had a preservation effect, making the wood more resistant to weather and insects. Recently, this artistic and unique finish has increased in popularity for both its aesthetic virtues and its green nature.  Carpenters and home DIY enthusiast most often use the Shou Sugi Ban technique for residential siding, fencing, and decking projects.  This very sustainable, no-VOC method of finishing timber not only enhances the wood's durability, but also brings out its inherent beauty and character in a striking new way. 

$40.00 suggested donation (free for veterans)
*All proceeds support the Building A Better Future For Veterans Program.

Saturday, October 28, 2017, 9AM - 1:00PM

Finish Carpentry & Furniture with Zack Giffin and John Weisbarth

$40.00 suggested donation (free for veterans)
*All proceeds support the Building A Better Future For Veterans Program.


All tools will be generously provided by Milwaukee Tools, USA  

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Learned a lot, met a great group of people, and did something that will make a difference in someone’s life. We did something beautiful for a person that deserves to know that there are people who care and love them. So rewarding.
— R. Cranely, 2017 Racine Workshop Attendee
I learned so much in such a short time frame. I was able to participate at my own pace and there was always a wide variety of areas to keep everyone interested. I was able to always get all of my answers to any questions. I was a novice in so many ways but being in an environment where you felt welcomed and everybody was interested in giving all they had was phenomenal. My body gave out before I wanted it too. Even with all the hard work the atmosphere created was infectious and you did not want to leave at the end of each day! This was better than any vacation we have ever taken!
— G. Lewis, Oklahoma Workshop Attendee
This workshop was a game changer for me. I feel like I got flipped upside down and turned inside out. The Operation Tiny Home team was absolutely incredible, from Elizabeth Malzewski and hubby Bill of Milwaukee Tool North America taking the time to help veterans with proper tools (especially when we don’t remember what they’re called) to Greg Dewey who flew in all the way from Utah, and Zack Giffin all the way from Washington just to personally lead and train veterans with tiny home desires, and especially Gabrielle Rapport and hubby Sebastian Rapport from California just to serve those who served, love Cooper [my service dog], and cry with me. They all took the time to teach me, grow me, challenge me, feed me, and love me.
— M. Sheehan, Oklahoma Workshop Attendee
I have been to two workshops and have learned so much. The camaraderie at these workshops reminds me so much of my military days. The fact that with each build we have one less veteran off the street makes it that much better.
— N. Chapa, San Antonio & Oklahoma Workshop Attendee
I did a build in Oklahoma just recently with Zack and it absolutely rocked. I learned bunches and all for a good cause. You’ll have fun while you learn and while you help out a veteran!!
— A. Hickey, Oklahoma Workshop Attendee
Operation Tiny Home is a class act that exceeded all my expectations. David and I can’t say enough good things. We are still talking about it.
— — C. Re-Fowlkes, San Antonio Workshop Attendee
The joy I received and the friendships I made were beyond my expectation!
— E. Toney, Oklahoma Workshop Attendee
The pace of the workshop was great for instructional. The professionals were clear and concise with instruction blocks, and were supportive while we learned.
— T. Cupid, Orlando Workshop Attendee
Zack took his time to instruct newcomers and made everybody feel welcome. He explained the steps necessary to accomplish the build and I enjoyed seeing from the beginning how a house comes together.
— I. Cotto, Orlando Workshop Attendee
I did an Operation Tiny Home workshop with Zack in WI. You will learn something. He’s the real deal.
— R. LaHue, Racine Workshop Attendee
I like building stuff and helping fellow veterans and I got to do that and it was a lot of fun.
— C. Galusha, San Antonio Workshop Attendee
I enjoyed meeting and interacting with everyone. Neither Zack nor other experts ever made me feel “stupid” or acted impatient with questions. This was truly an experience to remember.
— L. Rush - San Antonio Workshop Attendee