hand hewn log cabin





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3/22/2011
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.
12/14/2011
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.
3/8/2013
Noting the time and marking its passing, keeping us in the present.
7/25/2011
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.
10/17/2012
Our new log cabin roof is almost complete.
12/26/2012
The thrill continues living in our handmade house.
2/8/2012
A discussion of three power tools to prep your logs or timbers for building.
10/21/2013
Regular tasks that keep our cabin comfortable and welcoming.
9/20/2013
Tightening up our log cabin with a mortar mix.
6/9/2009
Share your thoughts about natural building methods including straw bale building, cordwood construction, earth building and more.
12/31/2013
Using snowshoes to keep our paths and trails open as the snow piles up.
8/29/2012
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.
8/20/2014
I love my two-story log cabin, which combines recycled and an array of green building materials.
9/8/2014
Making wooden replacement handles for tools is easier than you think.
2/17/2012
After 35 years together, Cam can still make Michelle laugh. He just has to try a little harder...
2/23/2009
Using horses rather than tractors may turn out to be the greenest way to farm.
12/12/2012
Ode to our hand saw...why we choose to live without power, and what we've accomplished by hand.
12/17/2013
Handy Camel multi-purpose bag clip earns several awards during release year.
4/29/2013
Logging industry-funded forest “certification” entity threatens ForestEthics with lawsuit.
4/8/2011
When you're facing a tricky woodworking project, it's a good idea to build a mockup
9/26/2012
Folksinger Michael Johnathon is on tour nationwide. Visit his homepage: www.MichaelJohnathon.com
1/10/2013
We haul our water from the river - walking water!
1/26/2013
Making the most of a winter walk to home.
6/26/2008
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.
5/25/2011
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.
7/3/2013
The new ECHO Bear Cat LS22 Log Splitter features a 30 inch bed height.
11/14/2013
Helpful tips on keeping earth stewardship alive this holiday season.
10/17/2011
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.
5/31/2011
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.
3/1/2012
Cam loves sharing his homesteading skills in Hands-On Workshops at his off-grid home.
1/29/2009
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.
9/30/2008
Save forests, use local materials, build a durable house made of whole trees.
7/17/2012
Use your abundance of basil to handcraft this delightfully different custard-style ice cream.
12/11/2012
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.
12/6/2012
Kitchen dish towels designated only for hand drying help keep germs out of the kitchen, without going on a fanatical sanitizing binge.
3/12/2013
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.
10/19/2010
Simran Sethi discusses the "wood" that makes up our kitchen cabinets, as well as more eco-friendly (and people-friendly) alternatives.
6/18/2013
Noting the “firsts” and “lasts” occurring on the homestead at early summer.
5/24/2013
Start your own mushroom garden using hardwood logs. It's so easy, a beginning homesteader can do it!
11/20/2008
Sauté mushrooms in some butter for a quick and tasty treat.
11/12/2008
Growing mushrooms can be easy if you get expert advice and stay on top of your mushroom log's needs.
1/28/2011
Steve Maxwell, Canada’s Handiest Man, answers a homeowner’s question about how best to apply a smooth finish to wood furniture.
1/28/2011
Steve Maxwell, Canada’s Handiest Man, answers a homeowner’s question about how best to apply a smooth finish to wood furniture.
2/25/2011
Wrap drinking glasses in handmade paper for pretty, easy-to-make vases and votive holders.
3/1/2011
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.
12/17/2010
Make a yule log—out of wood or chocolate—and welcome the sun’s return.
2/19/2013
Tips for learning to grow and spin cotton.
11/14/2013
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‘.
2/15/2013
Improve your nighttime cycling safety with these do-it-yourself bicycle turn signals.
2/3/2012
How to work with a sawyer when cutting your lumber
5/8/2012
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.
11/2/2012
The Game of Logging is a professional logging program that can benefit anyone who uses a chain saw.
5/26/2011
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.
6/28/2011
Learn to build your own Hand-Crafted Log Home
6/19/2013
A unique contest challenges people to hand-pump more water in one minute than a 64-year-old grandmother can.
7/24/2013
We quarry a granite rock to create a front stoop.
3/6/2011
A recipe for a salt scrub that can clean those dirty garden hands while promoting healing.
8/31/2010
Hand crafted from recycled materials, each item one of a kind.
4/22/2013
Sheepskin rug keeps a childhood story alive.
12/9/2011
The importance of a good pickup truck for the modern homesteader.
5/18/2011
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.
2/7/2014
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.
3/19/2014
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.
9/29/2011
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.
1/27/2012
The two-ton log splitter has been added to the ECHO Bear Cat line of outdoor power equipment.
11/17/2011
This product is an ideal tool for woodworkers and log home builders.
3/22/2012
Here is a description of some of the pruning tools and techniques for pruning trees for future sawlogs.
11/6/2008
Try doing something different this winter by growing mushrooms. It's entertaining, and it provides you with an edible treat!
7/7/2011
A simple, practical and easy option for priming seasonal water systems.
2/11/2011
Steve Maxwell, “Canada’s Handiest Man”, raves about his favourite hand held torch tool, the BernzOmatic Quickfire Hand Torch.
5/1/2014
Why manual water pumps are making a comeback and how to select the right type for a homestead.
8/2/2014
Use a hand water pump to compress air for filling tires without electricity.
7/12/2012
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.
7/27/2010
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.
11/14/2011
When the electricity goes out it helps to be prepared to deal with circumstances.
5/19/2011
Earth floors are a durable, versatile and attractive option for new homes and renovations alike.
3/19/2013
Steve explains why building a scale model is such a good way to design homestead structures, and how to do it.
7/3/2014
Watch this video to learn how to build tiny home for just $2,000.
8/12/2014
Finding the right balance between obligations can be a challenge.
2/7/2012
How we avoid cabin fever by doing volunteer work and enjoying the beautiful outdoors.
1/7/2009
Jack gets a wallop of motivation for a fully enclosed cabin, and looks ahead to a future with inquisitive grandchildren.
5/22/2011
The process of evaluating needs for successful downsizing.
5/11/2012
Robert Maxwell explains how to build your own limestone foundation for almost no money.
6/25/2010
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!
11/14/2012
again, rushing to beat the weather as we close in our finishing our hand-built cabin
10/11/2010
Simran Sethi looks into the furniture and logging industries.
1/16/2012
A "how to" for building a hoop-style greenhouse using PVC pipe and plastic sheeting.
11/21/2011
Discussion of some of the first log building tools you will need to build a log home — debarking spuds and drawknives.
5/29/2013
Completing tasks in preparation for a few days away from the homestead
4/24/2013
Find out how to feed rabbit babies using a goat's milk-based formula.
7/7/2011
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.
1/16/2013
In this blog we share someone else's story about old fashioned home made ingenuity concerning deep well pumps that operate without electricity.
2/8/2011
Part three: Karen Snyder and her partner, Sheryl Records, continue the saga of their circular stone house construction, on the outskirts of Bisbee, Ariz.
7/16/2011
Our hands take a beating. Be kind to them and make this amazing hand scrub with ingredients right from your pantry!
1/26/2011
Karen Snyder and her partner, Sheryl Records, continue to saga of the circular stone house construction, outside of Bisbee, Ariz.
1/21/2011
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.
3/15/2011
A California architect gives a 1920s cabin more space and better views--without disturbing the riparian area it sits on.
1/17/2012
USDA-organic personal care line now styled after Dr. Bronner’s iconic castile soap label.
9/25/2011
Read about methods to utilize animal- and human- power for trimming the lawn and keeping back weeds, all free of fossil fuels.
7/14/2011
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.
6/7/2011
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.


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