DIY

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

DIY Outdoor Patios: What You Need to Know

By Megan Wild

Why pay for someone to come and install an outdoor patio when you could do it yourself? Outdoor patios are perfect for people who love to entertain. They don’t require a lot of maintenance and they can be completed within a single weekend. This post covers sizing, siting, and building materials.


How to Make a Quick and Easy Chicken Saddle

By Deb Tejada

Chicken saddles are fabric "vests" you can put on hens that are suffering from overly, ummm, romantic roosters.


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.


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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.




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Sept. 15-17, 2017
Seven Springs, PA.

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