If you do anything at all creative with your hands, you need to understand an idea I call “the challenge of a thousand decisions”. From moment to creative moment we’re all faced with decisions – many of them small – […]Continue Reading
Working with veneered plywood or particleboard? Hiding the ugly edges of the laminations is part of the challenge you’ll face. Click for a video lesson on how to apply solid wood edging like a pro.Continue Reading
UPDATED 6Jun2020 + video below: Vehicle choices and management decisions have a lot to do with your financial success. Sounds extreme? I don’t think so. True vehicle costs are not only large, but many of them are hidden, at least […]Continue Reading
Ever wonder what it’s like to move from the city to a vacant rural property deep in the country? You can read about it all right here. This is the first chapter in my book about the experiences of my wife […]Continue Reading
Milk paint is easy to like. It’s safe, fast drying and when used in a particular way it delivers a kind of beauty that only gets better with the bumps and dings imparted by everyday life. It’s this classic, old-time […]Continue Reading
Got a crack in your basement? Or maybe the foundation walls of your home are bowing inwards under soil pressure? Check out this video and see an industrial strength concrete crack repair procedure followed by a shocking strength test involving […]Continue Reading
This is chapter 13 in my book The Bailey Line Road Chronicles, the 30+ year story about moving from the city to live a modern homestead life deep in the country on Manitoulin Island, Canada. Missed Chapter 12? Click here […]Continue Reading
*NATURE: See a massive, newly hatched cecropia moth.
*HOMEBUILDING: Cut and install fancy sidewall shingles.
*WOODWORKING: Save money making trim and molding.
*POWER TOOLS: Learn the basics of choosing and using a drill.
Sometimes a little creative thinking is all you need to make good things happen in the workshop. It doesn’t necessarily take money to buy tools. Click below to see how an ordinary belt sander works well as a stationary edge […]Continue Reading
UPDATED 23Apr2020 + video: Water wells, septic systems, electricity supplies and food storage – these are four of the biggest practical things you need to deal with directly if you’re a hands-on person leading a hands-on rural life. And success […]Continue Reading