(from the Paleotool vault) I love these things. I saw quite a few parked on ranches from Colorado to Idaho last week. I know they aren’t highway capable but it seems they could provide a real housing alternative for low-income minimalists. Way better than a housing complex or apartment for sure. The photos link to […]Read More Yet Another Sheepherder…
With the holiday season just around the corner, it’s time to start making those gifts for friends and family. I collect old plans for projects I never seem to get around to making but here’s a quickie that might be on the table soon. Maybe you know some youngster that will need a sled this […]Read More Build a New Sled in Time for Christmas!
There are still Huaraches north of old Mexico. As I prepare to resole my huaraches I thought it might be good to look back on them as a very viable hand-made shoe. For a long time while searching for huarache construction techniques, I could only find the simplest tire sandals and many links to “barefoot” […]Read More Huaraches!
Originally posted on UncommonCate:
Lovely warm and soft, these shoes (or perhaps slippers) began as an accidentally shrunken wool sweater. These poor, shrunken, often high quality wool sweaters end up in thrift and consignment stores on a regular basis. They also tend to cost next to nothing, so all in all they make perfect material…
Just a note to those wishing to replicate some of the projects here… I am working up some projects for the Instructables library and hope to continue this. I find it to be a wonderful site and you can really find almost anything there. I encourage Makers to post their stuff there as well as […]Read More Instructables
After several requests for information, here is my short list of inspirational sites found on the web. Culling the web for Vardo style so you don’t have to. I will try to morph this into it’s own page soon as a place to add more links as they become available. Romany and Traditional Style Sheepherder […]Read More Update from the vault: Vardo and Sheepherder Links
An excellent project and a good cause. From the Makers: In 1997, in San Andrés Itzapa in Guatemala, Maya Pedal Association began recycling scraps of bicycles into Bicimáquinas. Bicimáquinas are pedal-powered blenders, washing machines and threshing machines, eliminating the need for fuel and electricity. Pumps are also possible, and are capable of extracting 30 liters […]Read More Maya Pedal, upcycling bicycles in Guatemala
This is not furniture worthy of the great builders like Peter Follansbee, Chris Schwartz, or Chris Hall. However, it is a piece of functional furniture created from nearly all recycled materials and will hopefully be with me for the rest of my life. I’ve wanted a sea chest for about as long as I’ve known […]Read More 21st Century Sea Chest
Originally posted on Lost Art Press:
While the six-board chest is a simple form, there are some variants that make the chest look more high-style, like it might have a fancy bracket-foot base. Today I decided to convert the chest I built for the Alabama Woodworkers Guild into one of these fancier chests. I removed…
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 […]Read More Makers to the Rescue