Steve Maxwell, DIY Expert

Steve Maxwell DIY expert 

Name: Steve Maxwell

Occupation: builder, cabinetmaker, writer, photographer, videographer, syndicated home improvement expert, homesteader

Serious Hobbies: stonemasonry, hiking, gardening, swimming, reading

Values: craftsmanship, honesty, hard work, generosity, beauty, Christian faith

Location: Canada
Website: www.SteveMaxwell.ca 

All about Canada’s Handiest Man  

Steve Maxwell, “Canada’s Handiest Man”, is an award-winning home improvement authority and woodworking expert. For more than two decades he’s been helping people renovate, repair, build and maintain their homes.

Follow Steve Maxwell  

2 million people read Steve’s how-to, DIY and tool review articles monthly through various publications and by following him via:

His First Home Building Project 

Steve and his wife Mary began their homesteading adventure in 1985, designing and building their 3,000 sq. ft. stone and timber home — on Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada — with their own four hands. Constructed to standards that exceed current code requirements for insulation and strength, Steve used locally-source, sustainably harvested wood for the timber frame. He also quarried his own limestone to build the basement and above-ground walls, and completed all wiring, plumbing, ventilation and interior finishing work. 

Interesting Features of Steve’s Home and Life  

  • Steve heats his house with wood burned in a masonry heater. This is an ancient approach that burns a clean, hot, fast fire at very high temperatures to reduce emissions, storing heat in the 4,000-pound masonry body of the structure, radiating it out slowly over 12 to 24 hours.
  • A gasification outdoor wood boiler is in the works for next year to heat his workshop and house, as well as all domestic hot water.
  • All Steve’s wood heating is done with blown-down trees or trees felled by beavers or cut for construction projects and transmission line work. 
  • Steve supports his family financially by working digitally from his middle-of-nowhere homestead. He almost never leaves the place, driving his 20-year-old F-150 less than 5,000 miles per year.
  • Major tool companies consult with Steve regularly on tool design, and his published product reviews cover everything from power tools to building materials to vehicles.

Steve’s values go beyond green building and living into other aspects of his life. With his wife Mary, Steve adopted an orphan from South Africa in 2008, and his family of seven sponsor a bunch of children from developing overseas countries (through Compassion Canada and World Vision). He also home schools three of his five children, grows an organic vegetable garden, pastures cattle and keeps a root cellar (an area he explains in the book he co-authored: The Complete Root Cellar Book).

 





Subscribe Today - Pay Now & Save 66% Off the Cover Price

First Name: *
Last Name: *
Address: *
City: *
State/Province: *
Zip/Postal Code:*
Country:
Email:*
(* indicates a required item)
Canadian subs: 1 year, (includes postage & GST). Foreign subs: 1 year, . U.S. funds.
Canadian Subscribers - Click Here
Non US and Canadian Subscribers - Click Here

Lighten the Strain on the Earth and Your Budget

MOTHER EARTH NEWS is the guide to living — as one reader stated — “with little money and abundant happiness.” Every issue is an invaluable guide to leading a more sustainable life, covering ideas from fighting rising energy costs and protecting the environment to avoiding unnecessary spending on processed food. You’ll find tips for slashing heating bills; growing fresh, natural produce at home; and more. MOTHER EARTH NEWS helps you cut costs without sacrificing modern luxuries.

At MOTHER EARTH NEWS, we are dedicated to conserving our planet’s natural resources while helping you conserve your financial resources. That’s why we want you to save money and trees by subscribing through our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. By paying with a credit card, you save an additional $5 and get 6 issues of MOTHER EARTH NEWS for only $12.00 (USA only).

You may also use the Bill Me option and pay $17.00 for 6 issues.