How to Build an Earthen Oven — Savoring the Past

The existence of ovens like this is easily documented for the 18th century. In fact, just about every ancient culture had a very similar oven. There’s one particular wood cut illustration from medieval times depicting an earthen oven built on a wagon. There are references in 18th century literature and also archaeological evidence that you […] […]

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A tool cabinet for that special kid in your life

Wow.  I would have loved that top kit, even in my twenties! Advertisements

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Eye-candy – couple wonderful tool cabinets

The perfect gift for the craftsperson in your life.  You could go a long way with a selection of tools like this. Advertisements

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Documenting a Foot-Powered Treadle Lathe

From the YouTube channel, Chop With Chris where he does “amazing woodworking projects with no power tools.”  At last count, he has 19 “how to” videos available and a slew of other good things on his YouTube channel. From his “About” Page: “I play in that weird intersection of woodworking and music! A few years […]

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Love Huaraches?

Visit the Huarache Blog. A tradition I hope remains alive and vibrant. Advertisements

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Sibley Tent, an Early Review

A tent has been invented by Major H. H. Sibley, of the army, which is known as the “Sibley tent.” It is somewhat similar to the Comanche lodge, but in place of the conical frame-work of poles it has but one upright standard, resting upon an iron tripod in the centre. The tripod can be […]

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Ancient Dutch Ovens and the Ceramic Hibachi

“A good meal ought to begin with hunger.” French Proverb. All animals need to eat.  All the time.  As humans, we eat every day if we are lucky.  An average Westerner will have about 275,000 meals in a lifetime, not including snacks, munchies, and other nibbles.  Once upon a time, we all caught, gathered, and […]

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Maya Pedal, upcycling bicycles in Guatemala

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 […]

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Robin Wood

I’ve had to watch this about a dozen times and I’ve even posted it before. Advertisements

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Router Plane

  Stanley Model 71 Router Plane.  Tools of a simpler time. Advertisements

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