log cabin kitchen
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.
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.
When you're facing a tricky woodworking project, it's a good idea to build a mockup
Our new log cabin roof is almost complete.
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.
Simran Sethi discusses the "wood" that makes up our kitchen cabinets, as well as more eco-friendly (and people-friendly) alternatives.
Share your thoughts about natural building methods including straw bale building, cordwood construction, earth building and more.
Noting the time and marking its passing, keeping us in the present.
Using snowshoes to keep our paths and trails open as the snow piles up.
An annual survey of home buyers found that Americans want smaller homes with a focus on casual living and togetherness. From larger kitchens to outdoor living spaces, these 10 features were the most popular. Find out how you can get them, too!
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.
The thrill continues living in our handmade house.
Using horses rather than tractors may turn out to be the greenest way to farm.
Logging industry-funded forest “certification” entity threatens ForestEthics with lawsuit.
Kitchen dish towels designated only for hand drying help keep germs out of the kitchen, without going on a fanatical sanitizing binge.
Folksinger Michael Johnathon is on tour nationwide. Visit his homepage: www.MichaelJohnathon.com
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.
The new ECHO Bear Cat LS22 Log Splitter features a 30 inch bed height.
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.
Natural Home chose bamboo for its kitchenware line because it's both sustainable and beautiful.
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.
Save forests, use local materials, build a durable house made of whole trees.
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.
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!
Growing mushrooms can be easy if you get expert advice and stay on top of your mushroom log's needs.
Sauté mushrooms in some butter for a quick and tasty treat.
Make a yule log—out of wood or chocolate—and welcome the sun’s return.
Here are some ideas to help you plan and build a recycling center that’s just right for your environment.
Learn to create your own heirloom kitchen garden at this 3-course series in Pennsylvania.
A recent American Institute of Architects (AIA) Home Design Trends Survey found that demand for luxury products is waning. In contrast, manufacturers are seeing an increased emphasis on both accessibility/universal design and renewable materials. Essentially, homeowners are shying away from expensive (and usually unnecessary) products that add little actual value to their home, concentrating instead on features that promote energy efficiency and sustainability.
Readers share their favorite durable, long-lived, sturdy and well-made kitchen tools.
Read reviews of the best butter churns.
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‘.
The Game of Logging is a professional logging program that can benefit anyone who uses a chain saw.
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.
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.
How to work with a sawyer when cutting your lumber
From a little-known sugar substitute to a conversation-starting book, this list of items for the green kitchen contains a few surprises.
Learn to build your own Hand-Crafted Log Home
Here's a tip on how to grow sprouts in your kitchen garden for fun and nutritious eating.
Roger Doiron, a MOTHER EARTH NEWS contributor and the found of Kitchen Gardeners International, recently spoke at a TEDx conference about the power of gardening.
Katie and Martin Clemons share how they make super-efficient use of every inch in their 36-square-foot kitchen. How much appliance do you really need?
The importance of a good pickup truck for the modern homesteader.
Sheepskin rug keeps a childhood story alive.
A wolf spider lives on our window sill, with a little help from her friends. Watch this video of a wolf spider catching a moth.
Readers share tips and ideas for saving time in the kitchen.
Readers share reports about their favorite specialized kitchen utensils.
Handy Camel multi-purpose bag clip earns several awards during release year.
These tips will help you keep your kitchen compost free of rotten smells and fruit flies.
How to make a homemade cheese press in order to make a massive cheese.
Reuse various household materials to make a functional cheese press.
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.
This product is an ideal tool for woodworkers and log home builders.
The two-ton log splitter has been added to the ECHO Bear Cat line of outdoor power equipment.
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.
Here is a description of some of the pruning tools and techniques for pruning trees for future sawlogs.
Try doing something different this winter by growing mushrooms. It's entertaining, and it provides you with an edible treat!
Outdoor kitchens, dining areas and living rooms are a great way to expand your home's living space. Designers offer advice on how to make the most of the great outdoors--in your own backyard.
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
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.
Simran Sethi looks into the furniture and logging industries.
Learn about the many kitchen and community projects supported by SARE (Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education), including the training necessary to be able to sell value-added food products at markets.
The right recipe can convert people who think they don't like cooked greens, or energize cooks in need of fresh ideas. Here we offer a roundup of recipe ideas for garden-fresh greens from arugula to turnips.
Readers share their best tips for keeping food fresh longer. Learn how to extend the life of all kinds of food, and prevent spoilage.
Put your kitchen on an energy diet without spending money on new appliances. Use these simple tricks to use less energy while cooking, freezing and refrigerating--even drinking your morning coffee.
Discussion of some of the first log building tools you will need to build a log home — debarking spuds and drawknives.
A California architect gives a 1920s cabin more space and better views--without disturbing the riparian area it sits on.
So maybe you can't afford the pricey furniture and decor on display at the design shows in Milan and Vegas. Just take a look at these ideas and start riffing.
Set up a washing station in your garden. Rinse your veggies there, saving the water for the garden and keeping your kitchen clean.
On a snowy winter morning, the kitchen table becomes the grand cathedral of a home. It is the place of family, song, wood fires, community and love as we wait for spring.
Kitchen Gardeners International's 20ate campaign urges Americans to say no to junk food.
Chris Larson's Asheville, North Carolina, home--already a superb example of smart, passive solar design--gets even better with the addition of solar hot water collectors.
Think your balcony's too tiny to provide food and fun? Check out Apartment Therapy's great tips for making the most of your outdoor space.
A chainmail fillet glove revolutionizes a cook's potato-peeling technique. Plus, get recipes for potato and pumpkin curry soup and toasted pumpkin seeds.
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.
Homeowners are willing to splurge on kitchen and bath remodels, but they're not interested in building luxury or second homes, according to an American Institute of Architects survey.
In an era of increasing volatility of the weather and climate, we need new coping skills. Preparedness is an important factor in dealing with bad weather events.
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.
Baking the Great American Apple Pie chases away the blues and grays that sometimes afflict the homestead.
Simran Sethi describes the choices she made for her eco-friendly kitchen remodel.
Simran Sethi discusses easy (and free) ways to reduce your water footprint.