log cabin tools
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.
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.
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.
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.
Discussion of some of the first log building tools you will need to build a log home — debarking spuds and drawknives.
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
Ode to our hand saw...why we choose to live without power, and what we've accomplished by hand.
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.
We haul our water from the river - walking water!
Making the most of a winter walk to 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.
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.
The first killing frosts of the season change the garden-scape.
Simran Sethi discusses the "wood" that makes up our kitchen cabinets, as well as more eco-friendly (and people-friendly) alternatives.
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.
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.
Make a yule log—out of wood or chocolate—and welcome the sun’s return.
Use your extra screwdriver bits to build stubby screwdrivers suitable for small spaces.
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‘.
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.
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.
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.
Readers share reports about their favorite specialized kitchen utensils.
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.
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.
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.
Sheepskin rug keeps a childhood story alive.
The importance of a good pickup truck for the modern homesteader.
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.
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.
Exmark’s “Transitioning Mower Fleets to Propane” provides a road map for landscape professionals.
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.
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!
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.
How we avoid cabin fever by doing volunteer work and enjoying the beautiful outdoors.
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.
Robert Maxwell explains how to build your own limestone foundation for almost no money.
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
Simran Sethi looks into the furniture and logging industries.
In praise of the garden fork.
We quarry a granite rock to create a front stoop.
Steve Maxwell, “Canada’s Handiest Man”, share his make do tool tips with fellow DIY homeowners.
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.
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.
A California architect gives a 1920s cabin more space and better views--without disturbing the riparian area it sits on.
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.
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.
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, “Canada’s Handiest Man”, raves about his favourite hand held torch tool, the BernzOmatic Quickfire Hand Torch.
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?
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.
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
Our experiments with an Alaskan small log mill attached to our chainsaw had variable results making planks from downed trees.
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.
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.
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.
Completing tasks in preparation for a few days away from the homestead
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.
A quality product made in the USA
The American Garden Tool Company is an online source for American-made garden tools, products and accessories.
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.
The perfect partner for pruning, weeding and harvesting.
Setting weld parameters is now easier than ever with the Miller Auto-Set elite feature.
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.
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.