Long before there was a “tiny house movement,” there were tiny houses — on wheels and covered in tin. And if it’s covered in tin, Scott Hendricks is in.

The Union-Bulletin reported that Hendricks — semiretired rancher, former winery consultant and a founding member of Seven Hills Vineyard in Walla Walla, Wash., can count six vintage travel trailers under his various nearby roofs.

“But don’t tell my wife,” he said.

Sharing space in a farm shop the size of a private airplane hanger are two of his current projects. While the toylike 1958 red and white Cardinal looks magazine worthy on the outside, the larger 1972 Shasta a yard away has been disrobed of its outer shell.

Now dressed only in a mildewed wood frame and shredded insulation, metal trim dangles like party jewelry left in place until morning.

These babies, like the rest, were found and purchased within 100 miles of his Fruitvale home in the countryside surrounding Milton-Freewater.

“I spotted it from my tractor,” Hendricks said.

He looks upward as he recalls just when his love for metal, mobile homes began. It goes back to being a kid.

“My aunt and uncle had a Shasta trailer, and it was filled with comic books,” he said. “They’d bring it to family gatherings and the boys would stay in the trailer.”

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