Beaver Brook

Zach Klein, editor of Cabin Porn has started a rad, escapist venture called Beaver Brook School in the woods of upstate New York.

Zach Klein, editor of Cabin Porn, CEO of DIY, co-founder of Vimeo and Svpply, developer of CollegeHumor, and master of the modern hipster universe has a new venture called Beaver Brook School.

Joining forces with Armin Zomorodi and George Akers, Klein is basically making an exclusive design and build school in the woods of upstate New York. Sound like a cult for urban lumberjacks? Klein will invite 10 lucky pupils based on video submissions to hang out with him and learn how to build cabins and live off the land — not too mention learn a thing or two about successful interweb startups I’m sure.

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The school includes tools, meals, insurance, and world-class lodging in Beaver Brook’s newly built Bunkhouse. Not to mention, you get to mess around with one of the best internet entrepreneurs of our generation. It’s like summer camptopia.

Beaver Brook (named after the creek that divides the land) sits on 55-acres of forest in Sullivan County, NY, about a hundred miles northwest of NYC. Klein, who’s inspired by architects Christopher Alexander (producer of “pattern language” design) and Samuel Mockbee (an advocated of vernacular architecture), aims to teach students design through construction.

Klein’s school gives you a weeklong intensive in sustainable, contemporary design and how to build it. In other words, you’re getting smarter while hacking down trees. Are we dreaming?

Beaver Brook School caveats: Days are long, physically demanding, and filled with a mixture of technical workshops, construction, cooking, and lots of play in the woods. By our camp standards, that beats out “Trail Maintenance,” and although we doubt they’re giving out sew-on patches, we’d rather skip the badge and go home knowing how to build an actual cabin.

Interested students can submit a video of themselves and their qualifications (answering questions like: If civilization ended, what role would you play in the New Dawn? Blogger.). Building experience is a plus; Beaver Brook wants skills.

If there’s one thing Klein does well in every venture, it’s intentionality. When talking of Vimeo, he mentioned their dedication to quality, community, and originality—without exception.

It’s clear the same applies to Beaver Brook School, and when you throw that vision in a blender with a private forest in upstate New York, hands-on design and building instruction, and an entrepreneurial savant, you’ll get a tasty wilderness smoothy. Drink up, heavyweights.

Matt Titone

A goofy-footed graphic designer who hails from the first state, Delaware. After attending Flagler College in St. Augustine, FL then graduating from SCAD in Savannah, GA with a BFA in Graphic Design and Illustration, Matt moved to NYC and found work as a freelance designer and art director. In 2006 he moved west to Venice, CA where he co-founded ITAL/C Studio and now resides a bit further north in Oxnard.

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