We quarry a granite rock to create a front stoop.
Noting the time and marking its passing, keeping us in the present.
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.
Steve Maxwell, “Canada’s Handiest Man”, raves about his favourite hand held torch tool, the BernzOmatic Quickfire Hand Torch.
Making wooden replacement handles for tools is easier than you think.
After 35 years together, Cam can still make Michelle laugh. He just has to try a little harder...
Completing tasks in preparation for a few days away from the homestead
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.
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.
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.
The thrill continues living in our handmade house.
We haul our water from the river - walking water!
Making the most of a winter walk to home.
Helpful tips on keeping earth stewardship alive this holiday season.
Cam loves sharing his homesteading skills in Hands-On Workshops at his off-grid home.
Use your abundance of basil to handcraft this delightfully different custard-style ice cream.
Kitchen dish towels designated only for hand drying help keep germs out of the kitchen, without going on a fanatical sanitizing binge.
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.
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.
Here’s a method to quickly put a razor-sharp edge on chisels, planes, knives and carving tools. This sharpening technique is based on electric-powered buffing wheels that polish tools to a keen edge. The hardware is simple and quiet. A small electric motor spins a hard felt buffing wheel that’s covered with a fine, waxy abrasive. Use a softer, cloth wheel for concave surfaces on carving gouges.
Use your extra screwdriver bits to build stubby screwdrivers suitable for small spaces.
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.
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.
Improve your nighttime cycling safety with these do-it-yourself bicycle turn signals.
Readers share reports about their favorite specialized kitchen utensils.
A unique contest challenges people to hand-pump more water in one minute than a 64-year-old grandmother can.
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.
Keeping your garden tools organized can help you be more efficient in your work in the garden.
David Goodman tests the Meadow Creature broadfork on his Florida farm and finds it to be amazing as heck.
Readers share their favorite durable, long-lived, sturdy and well-made kitchen tools.
If you're looking for a new lawn mower this year, consider buying a zero-turn lawn mower, which will really help you maneuver around obstacles such as trees and bushes.
Here are some resources where you can learn more about how a scythe can be useful on your homestead.
Advances in technology, beefier construction, and radical updates for increased automation result in Wood-Mizer’s most productive & high-tech industrial sawmill ever
This handy online tool helps calculate your solar energy potential based on your location.
When you need tools for low-impact living, where do you go to find them?
Get organized and improve workshop efficiency with this nifty project.
ChickenWaterer.com’s new app, the Cluck-ulator, is available for iPhone and Android smartphones.
ECHO and Shindaiwa ranked at Gold Level Status in the annual NAEDA Manufacturer Relations Survey.
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.
The Hoss Seeder's unique features include its all-metal frame and ease of attaching to the wheel hoe.
After decades of gardening I’ve come to rely on a few essential gardening tools.
JackJaw’s new T-post extractor is durable and lightweight.
Review of a great axe made by Vipukirves.
A review of the Husqvarna hatchet.
Tell us about your all-time favorite fix-it tool.
DIY projects are great fun and can save money — unless you end up in the emergency room.
Kasco Manufacturing introduced a new 10’ wide Vari-Slice seeder at the National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, Ky. The Vari-Slice seeder is suitable for applications including pasture seeding, beef, dairy and horse farms for worked or no-till conditions and where tight germination of grass seed is needed.
NeighborGoods is an online community that lets you borrow and lend tools and other items from people in your area.
Exmark’s “Transitioning Mower Fleets to Propane” provides a road map for landscape professionals.
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.
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.
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.
Earth floors are a durable, versatile and attractive option for new homes and renovations alike.
A "how to" for building a hoop-style greenhouse using PVC pipe and plastic sheeting.
In praise of the garden fork.
A recent trip to Vietnam presents an opportunity to study people-powered devices and transportation.
Chainsaw safety equipment.
Green building expert Lloyd Kahn reviews Kevin Kelly’s new book Cool Tools, an amazing book for the homesteader, builder or anyone who likes cool tools.
Cut the confusion that accompanies buying a cordless drill with this information on which drill features and capabilities to look for.
Black and Decker.com provides project advice, community features and much more.
Try BOGS gardening clogs, a super-comfortable pair of gardening shoes that will stand up to tough wear.
Pick the right dandelion weeder, and ridding your lawn and garden of dandelions becomes more game than chore. Here we hightlight three popular models: the Oswego Grandpa’s Weeder, the Fiskars Triple Claw Weeder and the Garden Weasel Weedpopper Step and Twist.
Dovetail joints that are hand made are a strong woodworking joint.
Steve Maxwell, “Canada’s Handiest Man”, share his make do tool tips with fellow DIY homeowners.
Steve shares 11 years of his experience with the newest mainstay power tool in the world, and offers three free chances to win an impact driver.
Steve Maxwell, “Canada’s Handiest Man”, guides an inquiring homeowner on how to find the right circular saw.
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.
An upcoming inspirational documentary, “Beyond Off-Grid,” that strives to motivate people to return to the old paths, includes self-sufficiency experts from around the country. A MOTHER EARTH NEWS blog prompted the producer to contact us.
I keep a kit of handy garden supplies waiting in my car, so I can head straight to the garden and take advantage of as many sunlight hours as possible right after work.
Green building guru Lloyd Kahn recounts his favorite new discoveries from the Puyallup, Wash., MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR.
Steve Maxwell spotlights the three myths that prevent people from realizing the full value of the self reliant lifestyle, and how to dispel them
The garden is 58 by 112 feet and it's planted!
A good gardening tool is lightweight, ergonomically correct and has a positive impact on the soil. We only use hand tools (non-powered) in our gardens since we find that we can get the job done easier and more efficiently with a more correct impact on the soil and less impact on our bodies than we would with any machines.
The new website offers the home gardener an expanded product selection of useful garden products.
A summary of our quest to find non-medicated chicken feed that has higher quality ingredients than the typical feed store bag of chicken food.
Weather.com now features customizable local weather applications, including an Agriculture Application with great tools for farmers and gardeners.
Rechargeable tool packages use the same battery to power multiple tools: saws, drills, drivers and flashlights. What are the benefits of these systems?
Blount, the world’s largest manufacturer of saw chain, announces the launch of the new OREGON PowerNow 40V MAX* Cordless Chainsaw.
Mark fenced in a new chicken pasture in the hot sun, an experience that was made possible by his homemade solar fan hat. Meanwhile, I played with scythes and bees and maps.
Provide Multi-Purpose Tools For The Jobsite Or Workshop
Time management tools can help a homestead run smoothly as well as make the work more enjoyable. By focusing on different tasks in different seasons, assigning different tasks to different days and by sharing tasks, the work becomes both manageable and fun.
Three essential tools for opportunistic canning.
Just in time for the holidays, here's a list of recommended garden tools made in the U.S. by family-owned companies.
Clean and organize garden tools.
Our Vegetable Garden Planner assists you in planting your fall garden by giving you planting dates specific to your location, projected harvest dates and more.
The last week of the month has been a busy one with are preparations for the ending of winter and the start of a new growing season. We've got some details on a new cover crop and why we choose and simple composting toilet system compared to others.
Our experiments with an Alaskan small log mill attached to our chainsaw had variable results making planks from downed trees.
Just when you’ve got something broken in on a farm, the holes begin to appear. There’s a hole in the bucket, a hole in my muck boots — and of course there are holes in the fence! But it’s not all bad, so here’s a homesteader’s narrative that provides a good chuckle about life on the homestead with all its wrinkles…and holes.
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.
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.
Natural Home bamboo kitchen tools are made without formaldehyde or other harmful additives, through a process that eliminates waste.
Chinese worker Chen Shun Qun says she is paid and treated fairly at the factory that makes Natural Home bamboo kitchen tools.
Discussion of some of the first log building tools you will need to build a log home — debarking spuds and drawknives.
The American Garden Tool Company is an online source for American-made garden tools, products and accessories.
Setting weld parameters is now easier than ever with the Miller Auto-Set elite feature.
Finally getting the barn roof repair project started was a big deal for us as well as a few other things that are worth checking out if you are interested in modern homesteading.
A quality product made in the USA
The perfect partner for pruning, weeding and harvesting.
We have developed two customized search engines that make it easier to locate companies that offer specific varieties of seeds and plants, as well as organic garden products and tools.
Top bar hive modifications, turkey traps, and gourmet potatoes are just a few of the topics covered in the past week of blogging we've been up to. Homesteading healthcare and a new virtual book club round off the week with several reader comments.