old log cabins
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.
Share your thoughts about natural building methods including straw bale building, cordwood construction, earth building and more.
Simran Sethi looks into the furniture and logging industries.
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.
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.
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.
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 new log cabin roof is almost complete.
A discussion of three power tools to prep your logs or timbers for building.
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.
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.
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
Learn to build your own Hand-Crafted Log Home
Regular tasks that keep our cabin comfortable and welcoming.
Tightening up our log cabin with a mortar mix.
According to the USDA, consumers can feel secure in the accuracy of the biobased claim and can make better informed purchasing decisions.
Small northern Canadian company produces beautiful artisan glassware from recycled bottles and jars.
There are some things that you just aren’t going to wash very often, like your curtains, couch cushions, and probably even your favorite jeans. To spare the air, concoct a simple essential oil-infused linen spray, and spritz away until your definition of what “clean” smells like shifts permanently.
A hundred-year-old recipe for turning apple trimmings into vinegar yields mixed results, but lots of nostalgic fun.
Cam has been collecting old windows for years and has finally put them together to make a greenhouse!
Taking a ride on an old steam engine.
Store-bought deoderants contain aluminum and other harmful substances that find their way into your bloodstream. Try this recipe for natural homemade deodorant that uses baking soda with coconut oil and essential oil to create a effective and safe alternative.
Resist popping tabs this season and get familiar with the ultimate cola cure: soda syrups made from fresh fruits and herbs.
Take a seat on this comfy sofa you made yourself using recycled car seats.
Gina Luker of The Shabby Chic Cottage turns a flea market suitcase and baskets into a wonderful bedside table that doubles as valuable storage.
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.
Noting the time and marking its passing, keeping us in the present.
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.
Using snowshoes to keep our paths and trails open as the snow piles up.
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!
Hog butchering was a common farm chore done in the early winter. It provided much of the family's meat in the wintertime. It provides healthful food, exercise and a wonderful experience of community.
Spending a day having fun prospecting for gold, enjoying the outdoors, exploring a ghost town and the high mountains.
Survivalists and others who yearn for a better way of life, and a better world, would be best served by studying the successful tribal cultures and ways of the past. Based on an interview with Vine Deloria, author of "God is Red."
Talking about Annie Upshure and the Catholic Workers Movement and how Peace Farms moved into Appalachia.
There's nothing like an old cookbook filled with good recipes to warm your kitchen and your home!
Chinese archaeologists have recently found the oldest solar device – a bronze concave mirror – capable of almost instantaneously making fire from sunlight.
Discussion of some of the first log building tools you will need to build a log home — debarking spuds and drawknives.
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.
A quick and easy art project. Recycle those old wood frame windows and turn them into stunning pieces of art.
What’s with glycerin? It’s a soap-making byproduct with antibacterial properties, but it’s often made with animal fat derivatives, which isn’t really our thing. So, we figured out how to make our own veggie version with coconut oil, opening up a whole world of kitchen pantry beauty concoctions.
Folksinger Michael Johnathon is on tour nationwide. Visit his homepage: www.MichaelJohnathon.com
The thrill continues living in our handmade house.