Fire Starters and Reversing Instinct

Fat-wood comes in bags filled with little 6 inch sticks. At the start of this winter, I had a handful leftover from last year, but I find myself using them less and less.

Started A New Axe Handle, Out of Oak!

Sorted through my pile of staves today, looking for a good piece to use to cut out a blank for my next axe handle. Since I’ve been cutting planks with the chainsaw, I decided to rip a board out of the stave rather than hacking it down with my hatchet.

Four Little Kittens

After the farmers market two weeks ago, I came home with a litter of baby kittens…

Chainsaw Rip-Sawing

I decided to try something a little different today and see how it turned out. It’s been cold enough that the concrete place was shutdown, so I took my day off to try my hand at ripping lumber with a chainsaw. The results were most excellent.

Logs, Firewood, and Board Feet

“That tree could be worth thousands,” says a friend.
“Put your money where your mouth is,” is the only valid response.

The Moon

Outdoor lighting is something I think a lot of people overlook. The glow of even a half moon is plenty to cast strong shadows at night, and gives a sublime look to the world. While moonless nights can be incredibly dark, the light of the silver disc showcases a world just beyond the veil of normal life.

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Annoying Primitive Human Habits

There are things instilled in our biology that aren’t rational from a modern perspective, but when we dig deeply, we find that these annoying habits probably kept our ancestors out of harm’s way.

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Freezing Temps Mean Winter Prep

For those of you in the Midwest, you already know that winter is fast on his way this year. We had a couple good weeks of autumn, but now the race is on.