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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.
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.
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.
2/23/2009
Using horses rather than tractors may turn out to be the greenest way to farm.
4/29/2013
Logging industry-funded forest “certification” entity threatens ForestEthics with lawsuit.
11/21/2011
Discussion of some of the first log building tools you will need to build a log home — debarking spuds and drawknives.
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
12/12/2012
Ode to our hand saw...why we choose to live without power, and what we've accomplished by hand.
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.
1/10/2013
We haul our water from the river - walking water!
1/26/2013
Making the most of a winter walk to home.
7/3/2013
The new ECHO Bear Cat LS22 Log Splitter features a 30 inch bed height.
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.
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.
9/30/2008
Save forests, use local materials, build a durable house made of whole trees.
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!
11/12/2008
Growing mushrooms can be easy if you get expert advice and stay on top of your mushroom log's needs.
11/20/2008
Sauté mushrooms in some butter for a quick and tasty treat.
10/19/2010
Simran Sethi discusses the "wood" that makes up our kitchen cabinets, as well as more eco-friendly (and people-friendly) alternatives.
3/25/2011
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.
3/1/2013
Use your extra screwdriver bits to build stubby screwdrivers suitable for small spaces.
12/17/2010
Make a yule log—out of wood or chocolate—and welcome the sun’s return.
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‘.
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.
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.
2/3/2012
How to work with a sawyer when cutting your lumber
6/17/2009
Readers share reports about their favorite specialized kitchen utensils.
6/28/2011
Learn to build your own Hand-Crafted Log Home
12/9/2011
The importance of a good pickup truck for the modern homesteader.
4/22/2013
Sheepskin rug keeps a childhood story alive.
3/13/2013
Advances in technology, beefier construction, and radical updates for increased automation result in Wood-Mizer’s most productive & high-tech industrial sawmill ever
1/14/2009
Get organized and improve workshop efficiency with this nifty project.
9/29/2008
This handy online tool helps calculate your solar energy potential based on your location.
6/20/2013
Keeping your garden tools organized can help you be more efficient in your work in the garden.
7/10/2013
David Goodman tests the Meadow Creature broadfork on his Florida farm and finds it to be amazing as heck.
7/8/2009
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.
12/21/2007
When you need tools for low-impact living, where do you go to find them?
12/20/2011
Readers share their favorite durable, long-lived, sturdy and well-made kitchen tools.
7/1/2008
Here are some resources where you can learn more about how a scythe can be useful on your homestead.
4/11/2014
ChickenWaterer.com’s new app, the Cluck-ulator, is available for iPhone and Android smartphones.
4/22/2014
ECHO and Shindaiwa ranked at Gold Level Status in the annual NAEDA Manufacturer Relations Survey.
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!
9/6/2012
The Hoss Seeder's unique features include its all-metal frame and ease of attaching to the wheel hoe.
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.
11/17/2011
This product is an ideal tool for woodworkers and log home builders.
1/27/2012
The two-ton log splitter has been added to the ECHO Bear Cat line of outdoor power equipment.
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.
3/13/2013
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. 
3/20/2009
Tell us about your all-time favorite fix-it tool.
11/16/2009
NeighborGoods is an online community that lets you borrow and lend tools and other items from people in your area.
5/13/2009
DIY projects are great fun and can save money — unless you end up in the emergency room.
9/17/2013
After decades of gardening I’ve come to rely on a few essential gardening tools.
6/18/2014
JackJaw’s new T-post extractor is durable and lightweight.
4/11/2014
Exmark’s “Transitioning Mower Fleets to Propane” provides a road map for landscape professionals.
1/31/2014
Review of a great axe made by Vipukirves.
1/6/2014
A review of the Husqvarna hatchet.
5/22/2011
The process of evaluating needs for successful downsizing.
2/7/2012
How we avoid cabin fever by doing volunteer work and enjoying the beautiful outdoors.
5/11/2012
Robert Maxwell explains how to build your own limestone foundation for almost no money.
11/14/2012
again, rushing to beat the weather as we close in our finishing our hand-built cabin
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!
1/7/2009
Jack gets a wallop of motivation for a fully enclosed cabin, and looks ahead to a future with inquisitive grandchildren.
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.
10/11/2010
Simran Sethi looks into the furniture and logging industries.
10/14/2010
Black and Decker.com provides project advice, community features and much more.
5/21/2013
In praise of the garden fork.
7/24/2013
We quarry a granite rock to create a front stoop.
6/2/2011
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.
8/31/2012
Try BOGS gardening clogs, a super-comfortable pair of gardening shoes that will stand up to tough wear.
2/5/2011
Steve Maxwell, “Canada’s Handiest Man”, share his make do tool tips with fellow DIY homeowners.
9/10/2013
A recent trip to Vietnam presents an opportunity to study people-powered devices and transportation.
12/12/2013
Chainsaw safety equipment.
12/6/2013
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.
1/1/0001
Cut the confusion that accompanies buying a cordless drill with this information on which drill features and capabilities to look for.
2/5/2011
Steve Maxwell, “Canada’s Handiest Man”, guides an inquiring homeowner on how to find the right circular saw.
12/5/2013
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.
3/15/2011
A California architect gives a 1920s cabin more space and better views--without disturbing the riparian area it sits on.
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.
8/26/2010
The new website offers the home gardener an expanded product selection of useful garden products.
12/20/2010
Provide Multi-Purpose Tools For The Jobsite Or Workshop
8/2/2011
Blount, the world’s largest manufacturer of saw chain, announces the launch of the new OREGON PowerNow 40V MAX* Cordless Chainsaw.
2/1/2012
Our experiments with an Alaskan small log mill attached to our chainsaw had variable results making planks from downed trees.
2/29/2012
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.
4/11/2012
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.
6/20/2012
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.
6/3/2013
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.
8/21/2013
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.
4/25/2013
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.
7/28/2010
Weather.com now features customizable local weather applications, including an Agriculture Application with great tools for farmers and gardeners.
5/4/2009
Rechargeable tool packages use the same battery to power multiple tools: saws, drills, drivers and flashlights. What are the benefits of these systems?
6/7/2013
Green building guru Lloyd Kahn recounts his favorite new discoveries from the Puyallup, Wash., MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR.
2/11/2011
Steve Maxwell, “Canada’s Handiest Man”, raves about his favourite hand held torch tool, the BernzOmatic Quickfire Hand Torch.
5/14/2011
Steve Maxwell spotlights the three myths that prevent people from realizing the full value of the self reliant lifestyle, and how to dispel them
6/3/2014
The garden is 58 by 112 feet and it's planted!
7/30/2014
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.
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.
9/28/2010
The perfect partner for pruning, weeding and harvesting.
3/7/2012
The American Garden Tool Company is an online source for American-made garden tools, products and accessories.
7/6/2012
Setting weld parameters is now easier than ever with the Miller Auto-Set elite feature.
7/9/2012
A quality product made in the USA
2/22/2012
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.
5/29/2013
Completing tasks in preparation for a few days away from the homestead
2/2/2011
Natural Home bamboo kitchen tools are made without formaldehyde or other harmful additives, through a process that eliminates waste.
2/3/2011
Chinese worker Chen Shun Qun says she is paid and treated fairly at the factory that makes Natural Home bamboo kitchen tools.
11/6/2008
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.
4/25/2012
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.


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