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Old Purple Thumb Works

SuperhostArcata, California, United States
Entire guest suite hosted by Steven
2 guestsStudio2 beds1 bath
Entire home
You’ll have the guest suite to yourself.
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10 recent guests said this place was sparkling clean.
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Enjoy a peaceful stay in our quiet, earthy community between the bay and the sea, in an creative, artistic space. 10 minute walk to beach. No TV (who needs it?) You must either have a COMPLETE PROFILE on Airbnb, or several reviews, preferably both. If neither, your booking will be declined.

This apartment shares a NON-soundproof wall with my art studio, where I work full time Monday through Friday. Weekend stays are best, but weekdays will work too if you can be very quiet.

The space
Old Purple Thumb Works is the creatively renovated Humboldt Pulpworkers union hall. A large barn door separates the apartment from my art studio - it is NOT sound proof. I work in the art studio Monday through Friday, from around 8:30 am to around 5:30 pm, guests are requested be be quiet during these times - other than that you'll have the place to yourselves and can make noise.

There is a full kitchen, radiant heat floors, a VERY comfortable sofa-bed, and a beautifully tiled bathroom and walk-in shower. The ceiling is blue, the walls are white and there is lots of artwork hanging - including figure drawings (tasteful nudes).

Electricity is supplied by a net-zero grid-tied solar PV system. Hot water for your use and for the radiant floor is heated by an air-source heat pump.

Outside there is a picnic table, off street parking, bird feeders and some funny looking plants.

Guest access
The apartment is self contained, but we encourage you to take a tour of the art studio! If interested, please let us know when you arrive and we'll set a time. I make art rubber stamps, animated films, photographs, life drawings, bird houses, homebrew, pyrography, buttons, and various other things as the muses come and go. I work full time in the studio.

Other things to note
I don't live here, I just work here, so the kitchen is not fully stocked with food stuff. There is coffee and tea, and few basics which you are welcome to.
Enjoy a peaceful stay in our quiet, earthy community between the bay and the sea, in an creative, artistic space. 10 minute walk to beach. No TV (who needs it?) You must either have a COMPLETE PROFILE on Airbnb, or several reviews, preferably both. If neither, your booking will be declined.

This apartment shares a NON-soundproof wall with my art studio, where I work full time Monday through Friday. We…

Sleeping arrangements

Common spaces
1 queen bed, 1 sofa bed

Amenities

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Laptop-friendly workspace
Kitchen
Private entrance
Hair dryer
Wifi
Free parking on premises
Carbon monoxide alarm
Smoke alarm

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Arcata, California, United States

Manila is an unincorporated community with a mixed socioeconomic population in Humboldt County. It has hidden gems, and some not-so-hidden messy areas. There are no services at all, no stores, no gas, no laundry, nothing. But the beach and dunes are an easy walk away, less than ten minutes, and there is a near-by park with a disc golf course and access to Humboldt Bay.
Manila is an unincorporated community with a mixed socioeconomic population in Humboldt County. It has hidden gems, and some not-so-hidden messy areas. There are no services at all, no stores, no gas, no laun…

Hosted by Steven

Joined in October 2012
  • 118 Reviews
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I'm an artist and Old Purple Thumb Works is my studio & workshop as well as my largest art project; it is and always will be a work in progress. My studio, while mostly an art rubber stamp workshop and mail-order house (Meer Image), is also set up to accommodate whatever type of art I feel inspired to create, including hand drawn animated films, life drawings, photography, pyrography and inventions to aid is the creation of all these things. The kitchen doubles as a home brewery. I like whiskey and have pondered the idea of distillation, but decided to stick to brewing because it can't kill you. My new life motto is "P2p" which stands for "pencil (or pen) to paper". It is a reminder that when gadgets and the internet start to suck your creativity, it's time to put pencil to paper - doodle, draw or write - just put the gadget down for a while. My wife Carol and I live very nearby on Humboldt bay with our two cats, Euro and Sirus. We like hiking, camping, canoeing, kayaking, bird watching and having bonfires big enough to see from space.
I'm an artist and Old Purple Thumb Works is my studio & workshop as well as my largest art project; it is and always will be a work in progress. My studio, while mostly an art rubb…
During your stay
Whenever possible, we like to personally greet our guests and show them around the place. I love to show people my art studio, so if you are interested please ask about that. We welcome interaction and want to be helpful; we also understand your need to be left alone sometimes.
Whenever possible, we like to personally greet our guests and show them around the place. I love to show people my art studio, so if you are interested please ask about that. We…
Steven is a Superhost
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House rules
Check-in: After 3:00 PM
Checkout: 11:00 AM
Self check-in with keypad
Not suitable for children and infants
No smoking
No pets