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

Solar Backyard Chicken-Coop Building Plans

By Steve Maxwell

A community of smaller portable chicken coops are better than one, big, stationary one. Download building plans for a solar heated design that’s also great in hot climates.

DIY Ceramic Water Filter Kits, Revisited

By Russ Michaud, Homespun Environmental

DIY water filter kits allow just about anyone to create potable water from natural, fresh water sources such as ponds and streams. Simple, off-grid water systems using these kits can negate the expense and effort of packing in water and having lots of plastic bottles to recycle or dispose of.

DIY Decorative Tray

By Karen Housel, Sustainable Daisy

Learn how to make your own decorative tray using repurposed materials!

Building a Wood-Fired Pizza Oven for Full-Barn Farms

By Tim Rohrer

Have you ever thought about building your own Wood Fired Pizza Oven? Tim Rohrer with Full Barn Farms, shares how they went about building a Wood Fired Pizza oven for personal and agritourism use.


A Sweet Season Flows: How to Tap Maple Trees and Make Syrup on a Wood-Burning Stove

By Aiyanna Sezak-Blatt

Though sap flow occurs in a wide variety of trees, there is one variety that produces a sap sweeter than them all: The Sugar Maple. For a six-week window of time before the break of spring, the sugar maple flows. The sap can be tapped, and then boiled down on a wood burning stove at home to make golden, luscious homemade maple syrup.

Living Off the Land in the Alaskan Wilderness

By Mark Miller, The Wood-Mizer Team

Mark Miller has accomplished his youthful dream of building a remote fishing lodge in the wilderness of Alaska.

Homemade Lavender Salt Scrub

By Karen Housel, Sustainable Daisy

Follow along to learn how to make a homemade lavender salt scrub.

How to Build a Bluebird House

By Norman E. Johnson

Provide nearby bluebirds with a winter haven by learning how to build a bluebird house out of hollow logs.

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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.