When you're facing a tricky woodworking project, it's a good idea to build a mockup
Renovating a heritage log cabin DIY style isn't easy, but with some thought and attention to detail, it can be done - and cheaper than you might think.
Adzes and broad axes have been used for centuries in log cabin building. Learn a bit about what these tools do and how to use them.
Our new log cabin roof is almost complete.
Noting the “firsts” and “lasts” occurring on the homestead at early summer.
Simran Sethi discusses the "wood" that makes up our kitchen cabinets, as well as more eco-friendly (and people-friendly) alternatives.
Restoring a heritage log cabin is not something to embark on on a whim, but it can be one of the most rewarding things you'll ever do.
Cabin Fever: noun, ‘Boredom, restlessness, or irritability that results from a lack of environmental stimulation, as from a prolonged stay in a remote, sparsely populated region or a confined indoor area‘.
Share your thoughts about natural building methods including straw bale building, cordwood construction, earth building and more.
The importance of a good pickup truck for the modern homesteader.
Sheepskin rug keeps a childhood story alive.
Regular tasks that keep our cabin comfortable and welcoming.
Tightening up our log cabin with a mortar mix.
The process of evaluating needs for successful downsizing.
How we avoid cabin fever by doing volunteer work and enjoying the beautiful outdoors.
Robert Maxwell explains how to build your own limestone foundation for almost no money.
again, rushing to beat the weather as we close in our finishing our hand-built cabin
Noting the time and marking its passing, keeping us in the present.
Weekly user photo of a simple solar homestead. Don't forget to submit your photos to our CU photo-sharing website. Maybe one of your favorite moments will pop up on the homepage for all the world to see!
Jack gets a wallop of motivation for a fully enclosed cabin, and looks ahead to a future with inquisitive grandchildren.
Steve explains why building a scale model is such a good way to design homestead structures, and how to do it.
Using snowshoes to keep our paths and trails open as the snow piles up.
The thrill continues living in our handmade house.
Michael Johnathon is a folksinger, songwriter, author and playwright. He also created and hosts the weekly national broadcast of the WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour, heard on over 509 public radio stations, American Forces Radio network in 173 nations. In this blog, Michael muses on discovering the joys of folk music and songwriting.
A California architect gives a 1920s cabin more space and better views--without disturbing the riparian area it sits on.
A discussion of three power tools to prep your logs or timbers for building.
Ode to our hand saw...why we choose to live without power, and what we've accomplished by hand.
Victoria Gazely considers her revitalized 650-square-foot homesteader’s cabin on 7 acres of fertile earth--purchased for $150--a blessing. “I absolutely love living here,” she says.
Folksinger Michael Johnathon is on tour nationwide. Visit his homepage: www.MichaelJohnathon.com
We haul our water from the river - walking water!
Making the most of a winter walk to home.
Swamp Hut is a complex of four 8-by-12-foot huts surrounding a deck with a fireplace. This an off-the-grid, light-on-the-land summer getaway could easily be replicated in your favorite vacation spot.