Victory Gardens

Springtime is just around the corner.  Now that we're in a more hospitable growing environment, I feel obligated to get a better garden growing.  Of course, it is some work but the payoff, even for a small garden more than justifies the effort. It's always a good time to grow food. In times of crisis, … Continue reading Victory Gardens

Peter Michael Bauer, a Portland-Based Re-Wilder

He has a decent re-wilding/survival rant blog that leaves you wanting more.  How can you not like a guy with a road-kill squirrel puppet?  He doesn't post much but what he does is well-done. While you're out that way, have a look at to get in on the conversation: http://www.urbanscout.org/ http://rewild.com/index.htm

Wooden Truck Topper

A couple recent inquiries prompt this quick post about a wooden truck topper.  The question that came up a few weeks ago was "why would you make a topper instead of just buying one?"  Well, I'm not wealthy and making something costs a lot less than buying it.  Also, if you are a woodworker, it's … Continue reading Wooden Truck Topper

Living Without Money

Not a new story, but one that seems to keep resurfacing.  Maybe there's a crumb of wisdom that intrigues people about this concept.  Most people in the Western World have never, for a second, considered life without money, yet for most of the world, and nearly all of our history, this was the natural condition. … Continue reading Living Without Money

Makers to the Rescue

Makers, Dreamers, Builders, and Inventors, Unite: reflections on saving our world “Perpetual devotion to what a man calls his business, is only to be sustained by perpetual neglect of many other things. And it is by no means certain that a man’s business is the most important thing that he has to do”  Robert Louis … Continue reading Makers to the Rescue

Backyard Chickens

I've been lucky as a chicken owner for quite a few years.  Very few have been stolen by predators, and we've had very little illness.  Right now, with a dozen chickens both old and young, I get between three and six eggs per day with the occasional bonanza of eight.  That is, if I can … Continue reading Backyard Chickens

Robin Wood, Traditional Craftsman

Here's another excellent video of Robin Wood, wood turner and traditional craftsman.  Visit his website to learn more about this remarkable man and his admirable career choice.  As he explains, his job is easy to describe while so many careers are just about impossible to explain what one does and we create fancy titles to … Continue reading Robin Wood, Traditional Craftsman

Lightening my load

About an addiction I didn't even realize I had. It seems that minimalism is the word du jour around the internet these days.  Tiny houses, the 100 Thing Challenge, Non-Conformist work strategies, and urban homesteaders are filling blog-space with ideas and adventures outside the old consumerist norm.  Many people are looking for something more in … Continue reading Lightening my load

Free food

Sitting on the couch late in the evening, drowsiness coming on when a nearby gunshot pierces the air.  The dogs go on alert and I am up on my feet.  Probably neighbor poachers, but I need to have a look around anyway.  My nearest neighbor is more than half mile away.  The road is several … Continue reading Free food

Tiny Homes: Simple Shelter

I received an advance copy of Tiny Homes: Simple Shelter when I went to my post office box today.  I have been thumbing through it all all evening, looking at the photos and pondering the meaning of Shelter. Maybe the tides of change are subtle in the beginning.  But I never thought I would be … Continue reading Tiny Homes: Simple Shelter

New High Tops

Determined to get the pattern right once-and-for-all I have been slaving away on a new pair of shoes.  As a matter of fact, I think these shoes are completely slave-labor-free.  The leather upper and mid-sole are oak tanned leather (Hermann Oak), and the rubber soles were cut from SoleFlex sheeting.  The laces were made from … Continue reading New High Tops

Beer & Running

Staples of the ancestors. I have been away from the wagon quite a bit lately while brewing and bottling beer, traveling to see family, and dealing with a fairly ridiculous amount of hours of low paying work.  All while trying to keep current in anthropology by reading recent research and keeping up with playing music … Continue reading Beer & Running