Building
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Mini Cordwood Build: Building the Clay Sifter

We need a lot of clay and gravel for the cordwood build.  We are going to have to collect and sift through all the clay we need to not only get the smoother clay, but to also get all the gravel out of the caly so we can use that …

Gardening

Mini Cordwood House Plans: Outside

While the landscape is not quite part of the house, there are many features outside, around the house that will improve our day to day life and the house itself.  From the outdoor kitchen and kitchen garden to the garden pond, all the elements including make a more functional home. …

Food Forest
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2. Catch and Store Energy

The second permacuture principle is catch and store energy.  When you think of “catch and store energy,” solar power tends to be the first thing that comes to mind.  This is a great start, but energy that can be caught and stored can be so much more than just solar. …

Materials
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Bushcraft Wood Storage

On the first day of autumn, we built a bushcraft hut for the kids to play in.  They got a ton of use out of it, but are now bored with it.  They were bored of it until we decided to use it. We had discussed adding a small structure …

Family

Bushcraft Hut for Autumn

We decided that the best way to start autumn would be to practice our bushcraft skills.  We would build a little hut near the firepit where we could lay out a blanket for picnics, storytime, singalongs, or whatever else the kids came up with.  I am writing this very post …

Building

Practice Dome Building

An important part of taking on a project as big as a house, is to practice the building techniques you may want to use.  Our plan is to build our home out of cordwood and domes, so when we had the opportunity for the man to go help Freedom’s Phoenix …

Building
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Open Discussion Project: Round Wood Arbor

Happy May Day!  Have a good spin around the May pole and dance around the beautiful bon fire!  Now back to work. Thanks for all the great ideas that you posted when I introduced the open discussion project idea.  I will use this as an idea bank in the future, …

Outdoor Building
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Storage Tent Collapse

It has been a long, busy winter so far. The solar power has not been enough to really use my computer at home with all the dreary and snowy days. It has been increasingly difficult to get to town to use the internet at the library to post even comment …

Cooking
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DIY Rocket Stove

Now that we have a kitchen with a roof and some water, we need to get cooking.  The stove that we thought would work best in our kitchen was a simple rocket stove.  The one that we built was simple, but cost us $60 for fire brick.  We spent the …

Cooking
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DIY Outdoor Kitchen

I chose the outdoor kitchen to be the first project on the new blog because this kitchen is my baby.  My outdoor kitchen is far nicer than my indoor kitchen will ever be.  It has it’s own garden, rain collector,  rocket stove, and other good stuff.  Lots of projects for …