Among the tools and innovations responsible for humankind's rise, an axe was premier. This video, from respected woodsman Len McDougall, a man who has been using axes for than a full half-century, reveals some of the lesser known basics of using an axe to make timber do what you want it to do.
Polyface has an “Unfair Advantage," but the good news is that you do, too! Here, Tim shares his thoughts on how your Unfair Advantage sets you apart from the crowd and bestows gifts on you that you can turn into success. The trick is learning to utilize your own Unfair Advantage.
As our climate changes, more and more people will find themselves living in fire country. Forest thinning is one of the first and most important jobs in preparing your homestead for fire season. Added benefits include timber for milling, increased bio-diversity and an endless supply of firewood.
Selecting a tree, reducing it to logs, milling out the logs into lumber and using that lumber for specific projects.
Building a closet from lumber milled from standing dead trees.
The benefits of owning a home wood mill and the economic advantages if you have available timber.
How we convert standing dead trees to usable lumber.
I love my two-story log cabin, which combines recycled and an array of green building materials.
If you’re getting ready to build a home or begin a woodworking project, consider building with sustainable wood products. With help from the Sustainable Forestry Initiative and the Forest Stewardship Council databases, you can locate sustainably harvested wood.
Sawing oversized sycamore logs with my Norwood portable sawmill was a huge job, but yielded a lot of great lumber, and salvaged the logs instead of dozing them into a pile and burning them.
Transforming a tree to lumber and then to a piece of furniture.
From log to the mill to the project in no time at all.
If you often find yourself in need of lumber for various homestead projects, consider a small, portable sawmill to cut your own lumber. Portable milling equipment makes it possible for you to create dimensioned lumber for all kinds of DIY projects. The videos below show the versatility of portable sawmills in action. You will also discover tips to assist with assembly.
How we avoid most clutter but manage to keep good leftover products for future use.
Using portable sawmill and basic timber frame techniques to build a utility shed.
The Game of Logging is a professional logging program that can benefit anyone who uses a chain saw.
Observations and reminiscences of the 2012 MEN fair in Seven Springs, PA.
Splitting firewood has changed over the lsst 40 years. A sharp chain and hydraulic splitter make all the difference in the world.
With an understanding of your limitations, you can operate more safely and efficiently. Training in timber cutting techniques can greatly expand your capabilities
How we expect the unexpected and turn blow down trees into lumber.
Eating cicadas, building a porch, and hauling lumber for said porch all in the same week with several images of the action as well as some bee installation pictures.
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.
Regeneration of trees on a harvested area give hope for generations to come.
Here is a description of some of the pruning tools and techniques for pruning trees for future sawlogs.
How we milled lumber, made a gate and installed the gate during a break in the weather.
How to work with a sawyer when cutting your lumber
This is a brief description of how to stack lumber so that it dries evenly after sawing. Also description of a chain saw dovetail bench.
Working with a sawyer to cut custom lumber for your projects can be a great experience. Here are a few tips to make it even better.
Get your garden ready for spring by making this sturdy, comfortable outdoor bench from recycled-plastic lumber and an old truck tire inner tube.
Smaller spaces, simplifying and creating healthy homes are top trends in home improvement.
Simran Sethi looks into the furniture and logging industries.

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