hand hewn log cabin
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.
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.
Noting the time and marking its passing, keeping us in the present.
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.
Our new log cabin roof is almost complete.
The thrill continues living in our handmade house.
A discussion of three power tools to prep your logs or timbers for building.
Regular tasks that keep our cabin comfortable and welcoming.
Tightening up our log cabin with a mortar mix.
Share your thoughts about natural building methods including straw bale building, cordwood construction, earth building and more.
Using snowshoes to keep our paths and trails open as the snow piles up.
Making wooden replacement handles for tools is easier than you think.
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.
I love my two-story log cabin, which combines recycled and an array of green building materials.
Using horses rather than tractors may turn out to be the greenest way to farm.
After 35 years together, Cam can still make Michelle laugh. He just has to try a little harder...
Handy Camel multi-purpose bag clip earns several awards during release year.
Ode to our hand saw...why we choose to live without power, and what we've accomplished by hand.
Logging industry-funded forest “certification” entity threatens ForestEthics with lawsuit.
When you're facing a tricky woodworking project, it's a good idea to build a mockup
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.
After 37 years of publishing, Mother Earth News magazine has amassed a wonderful collection of handmade home articles to inspire and amaze the do-it-yourself home-builder-to-be.
The fourth in a series of postings about my visit to Cuba with a delegation of energy industry professionals, and a Cuban colleague’s visit to Vermont where I developed a similar tour. Along the way we learned about efficiency and renewables, and some striking contrasts between ourselves and our countries were revealed.
A flea market basket that called to me, my grandmother's hand-embroidered linens and a quilt made by a circle of women in Minnesota are among the wabi-sabi items that I wouldn't want to be without.
GO Home, built by architecture and construction firm G•O Logic LLC, received the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) 2011 LEED for Homes Project of the Year Award.
With no building experiment and only the information they found online as their guide, Kyle and Jeannie built a sweet little home on wheels. In this video, they share what they learned in the process and invite you inside.
Helpful tips on keeping earth stewardship alive this holiday season.
The new ECHO Bear Cat LS22 Log Splitter features a 30 inch bed height.
Cam loves sharing his homesteading skills in Hands-On Workshops at his off-grid home.
Yes, it's possible to harvest trees from your own property to build a timber-frame structure. But here are a few things to consider before you decide to go ahead.
Use your abundance of basil to handcraft this delightfully different custard-style ice cream.
Save forests, use local materials, build a durable house made of whole trees.
Kitchen dish towels designated only for hand drying help keep germs out of the kitchen, without going on a fanatical sanitizing binge.
Simran Sethi discusses the "wood" that makes up our kitchen cabinets, as well as more eco-friendly (and people-friendly) alternatives.
Our work in the woods starts long before we get the chainsaw and axe out; by being in the woods, observing and contemplating. We're looking for healthy trees that we can help to thrive and that will be of benefit in the future.
The first killing frosts of the season change the garden-scape.
Book reviews by permaculture educator Cindy Conner. Learn about Sustainable Market Farming, The Art of Fermentation, The Permaculture Handbook, and The Small-Scale Poultry Flock.
Noting the “firsts” and “lasts” occurring on the homestead at early summer.
Start your own mushroom garden using hardwood logs. It's so easy, a beginning homesteader can do it!
Sauté mushrooms in some butter for a quick and tasty treat.
Growing mushrooms can be easy if you get expert advice and stay on top of your mushroom log's needs.
Tips for learning to grow and spin cotton.
Wrap drinking glasses in handmade paper for pretty, easy-to-make vases and votive holders.
Giving handmade gifts will save money while showing the recipient that you care. Homemade sugar scrub, rice pillows, glass magnets and iPod covers are all easy to make and exciting to receive. Spend time, not money, to give the perfect holiday or birthday gift.
Ah, the fun begins for building a wood pallet guitar. In this post, we apply the following building steps: planning material, matching the right tools to the wood, shielding cavities, and basic electric guitar electronics assembly and testing.
Keeping a bottle of hand sanitizer at the ready can come in handy in situations where you can’t access soap and water, but using it too often can come with some risks.
Make a yule log—out of wood or chocolate—and welcome the sun’s return.
Steve Maxwell, Canada’s Handiest Man, answers a homeowner’s question about how best to apply a smooth finish to wood furniture.
Steve Maxwell, Canada’s Handiest Man, answers a homeowner’s question about how best to apply a smooth finish to wood furniture.
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‘.
Improve your nighttime cycling safety with these do-it-yourself bicycle turn signals.
How to work with a sawyer when cutting your lumber
Salvaging logs is always a challenge-- but finding buried treasure in it always makes it worthwhile. This salvage job came after the land had been cleared by the owner, and the best lumber pick over buy a logger.
Ever wonder what, exactly, you're getting when you pay a little extra for Forest Stewardship Council-certified wood and paper products? This video offers a comprehensive look at the FSC's roots and branches.
The Game of Logging is a professional logging program that can benefit anyone who uses a chain saw.
Learn to build your own Hand-Crafted Log Home
Kinetic log splitters have taken the log-splitter market by storm. But how much do you know about these lightning-fast, hyper-efficient machines? Check out these surprising facts about kinetic log splitters.
A unique contest challenges people to hand-pump more water in one minute than a 64-year-old grandmother can.
We quarry a granite rock to create a front stoop.
A recipe for a salt scrub that can clean those dirty garden hands while promoting healing.
Hand crafted from recycled materials, each item one of a kind.
Sheepskin rug keeps a childhood story alive.
The importance of a good pickup truck for the modern homesteader.
Inspired by back-to-the-landers Scott and Helen Nearing, Kate NaDeau grows her own food and enjoys the simple pleasures of seasonal living in her handbuilt stone cottage in Maine. She is the epitome of good wabi-sabi living.
Use materials at hand—stumps, logs, railroad ties, and sawmill slabs—to build a firewood log deck that takes the effort out of lifting the logs, and holds them at a convenient height for splitting.
If you’re considering buying a new log splitter, you may have begun to debate whether you want an electric log splitter or a gas-powered model. What’s the difference? DR Power Equipment has some useful insight for you.
DR Power Equipment has threatened to make ordinary hydraulic log splitters obsolete with the brand new DR®RapidFire™ Log Splitter. DR technology has eliminated the big drawbacks of hydraulic log splitters.
The two-ton log splitter has been added to the ECHO Bear Cat line of outdoor power equipment.
This product is an ideal tool for woodworkers and log home builders.
A simple, practical and easy option for priming seasonal water systems.
Why manual water pumps are making a comeback and how to select the right type for a homestead.
Use a hand water pump to compress air for filling tires without electricity.
CHANNELLOCK, the leader in the design and manufacturing of high-quality pliers and hand tools, today unveiled its latest American-made tool – a fully redesigned, improved website.
Hand milking and the ease of doing so, always lends itself to many questions. I try to answer some of the most commonly asked questions in this post.
When the electricity goes out it helps to be prepared to deal with circumstances.
Steve Maxwell, “Canada’s Handiest Man”, raves about his favourite hand held torch tool, the BernzOmatic Quickfire Hand Torch.
Try doing something different this winter by growing mushrooms. It's entertaining, and it provides you with an edible treat!
Here is a description of some of the pruning tools and techniques for pruning trees for future sawlogs.
Earth floors are a durable, versatile and attractive option for new homes and renovations alike.
Steve explains why building a scale model is such a good way to design homestead structures, and how to do it.
Watch this video to learn how to build tiny home for just $2,000.
Finding the right balance between obligations can be a challenge.
Jack gets a wallop of motivation for a fully enclosed cabin, and looks ahead to a future with inquisitive grandchildren.
The process of evaluating needs for successful downsizing.
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!
again, rushing to beat the weather as we close in our finishing our hand-built cabin
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.
February can be a hit or miss for us here at Deer Isle Hostel - snow and cold demands more creativity to stay busy, but also provides a great chance not to do much. Planting onions from seed, shoveling snow and planning for the Hostel season 2015 are some things I do to keep the cabin fever under control.
Simran Sethi looks into the furniture and logging industries.
A "how to" for building a hoop-style greenhouse using PVC pipe and plastic sheeting.
Discussion of some of the first log building tools you will need to build a log home — debarking spuds and drawknives.
Completing tasks in preparation for a few days away from the homestead
Find out how to feed rabbit babies using a goat's milk-based formula.
Sales for Simple Pump, a hand-operated well pump, have tripled compared to the same time last year, as word about its versatility, reliability and durability have spread.
Part three: Karen Snyder and her partner, Sheryl Records, continue the saga of their circular stone house construction, on the outskirts of Bisbee, Ariz.
Karen Snyder and her partner, Sheryl Records, continue to saga of the circular stone house construction, outside of Bisbee, Ariz.
This variation on the (endlessly adaptable) traditional Mongolian yurt design was inspired by the work of master yurt builder, educator, and homesteader Bill Coperthwaite (who was also a neighbor and friend of the Nearings). This low-cost yurt design combines basketry, wattle and daub, and basic lashing (similar to skin-on-frame boats). Not much more than a glorified tent, this DIY yurt made from sticks, string and mud makes a very comfortable, durable and beautiful tiny house, studio, or meditation space.
In this blog we share someone else's story about old fashioned home made ingenuity concerning deep well pumps that operate without electricity.
A beautiful round stone home, hand built and located outside of Bisbee, Ariz., is for sale to the right person who appreciates handcrafted artisan work and self-sufficient living.
A California architect gives a 1920s cabin more space and better views--without disturbing the riparian area it sits on.
USDA-organic personal care line now styled after Dr. Bronner’s iconic castile soap label.
Read about methods to utilize animal- and human- power for trimming the lawn and keeping back weeds, all free of fossil fuels.
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.
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.