DIY

Great DIY projects and building plans for anyone who can swing a hammer.

The Dying Art of the Skilled Trade: The Importance of Working With Our Hands

By Destiny Hagest

In a world of digital products and services, are skilled trades a vanishing art? This article explores the transformation we've seen in people's skill sets over the generations, and the reassuring signs that skilled labor is making a comeback.


Download Plans and Save Money With a Router Table

By Steve Maxwell

Routers and router tables can save you a lot of money making trim and molding. Download plans for making an extra-wide fence for milling your own crown molding.


6 Critical First Steps for Building a Hand-Built Home

By Paul Wood, Shelter Works

Are you thinking about building your own home? Here are six critical things to consider before hammering the first nail.


Make Chicken Waterer From Old Bucket

By Anna Twitto

Instructions for making a simple, cheap and effective chicken waterer.


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Build a Greenhouse from Old Recycled Windows

By Gary and Gina Blocker

Repurpose old glass windows and doors by assembling them into a beautiful and unique greenhouse.


Build a Barrel Planter from Recycled Materials

By Seth and Cheryl Rundle

Repurpose a 55-gallon drum and leftover decking to create a rabbit-proof barrel planter that pairs perfectly with your deck.


Homemade All-Natural Paw Balm Recipe

By Josh Brewer

Protect your cat’s and dog’s tender paws with this all-natural, homemade paw salve recipe.


Homemade Live Edge Walnut Side Table

By Bob McCray

This craftsman created a simple, beautiful, and unique natural-edge side table from wood harvested from a walnut tree in his own backyard.




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MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR

Aug. 5-6, 2017
Albany, Ore.

Discover a dazzling array of workshops and lectures designed to get you further down the path to independence and self-reliance.

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