restoring a log cabin
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.
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.
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.
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.
Noting the time and marking its passing, keeping us in the present.
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.
The thrill continues living in our handmade house.
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
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.
The new ECHO Bear Cat LS22 Log Splitter features a 30 inch bed height.
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.
Simran Sethi discusses the "wood" that makes up our kitchen cabinets, as well as more eco-friendly (and people-friendly) alternatives.
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.
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.
Make a yule log—out of wood or chocolate—and welcome the sun’s return.
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.
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.
The Game of Logging is a professional logging program that can benefit anyone who uses a chain saw.
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.
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.
Try doing something different this winter by growing mushrooms. It's entertaining, and it provides you with an edible treat!
Here is a description of some of the pruning tools and techniques for pruning trees for future sawlogs.
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.
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.
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
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.
February can be a hit or miss for us here at Deer Isle Hostel - snow and cold demands more creativity to stay busy, but also provides a great chance not to do much. Planting onions from seed, shoveling snow and planning for the Hostel season 2015 are some things I do to keep the cabin fever under control.
Simran Sethi looks into the furniture and logging industries.
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.
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.
Ode to our hand saw...why we choose to live without power, and what we've accomplished by hand.
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 haul our water from the river - walking water!
Making the most of a winter walk to home.