The Art of Barter: When Money Has No Meaning

You See the Precedent Throughout History. A Collapse of the Government, Economy or Catastrophic Disaster Can Make Money a Thing of the Past. In many undeveloped...

The Chemistry, Physics and Science of Food Preservation

Whether you call it pickling, canning or jarring there’s more to food preservation than a recipe  Many people engage in canning and pickling foods.  Everything from...

How to Make Pioneer Candies and Treats

When There Was No Candy Store You Had to Improvise A sweet tooth is nothing new.  Candy has been a favorite going back to when primitive peoples first discovered the...

Wood Stove Vs Pellet Stove: Which One is Right for You?

Both Types of Stoves Have Advantages and Disadvantages.  Here’s How to Weigh the Options. The idea of wood heat is appealing to many people.  In many ways it...

10 Ways to Maximize the Heat from Your Wood-Burning Stove Across the Whole House

Wood-stoves are Space Heaters.  Here’s How to Get the Heat into Those Hard to Reach Places. Many of us enjoy the warm, direct heat of a wood burning stove. ...

Home Solar Power 101

Here’s What You Need to Know About Home Solar Power and How to Get Started How many of us think solar power is a good idea but just never seem to get around to...

Natural Materials You Can Use in Place of Goose Down

When it Comes to Insulation, Goose Down is the Champ.  Here’s How to Find Natural Substitutes that are Just as Good. There’s a reason Goose Down is found in so...

How to Restore Early American Lumber and Carpentry Tools

It’s Time to Get Those Antiques Off the Walls and Back into Our Hands Believe it or not, there was a time with no power tools.  Everything was done by hand and the...

Mastering the Craft of Making Jerky

It’s Not Just for Beef Anymore.  Here’s How to Explore the Jerky World. It’s hard to say where and when jerky originated.  We’ve been drying food for...

8 Ways to Turn Tin Cans into a Kitchen

Hobos Mastered the Craft of Tin Can Cookery and You Can Too. It’s one thing to forage in the wilderness for wild foods, but...

How to Make Pioneer Candies and Treats

by | February 27, 2019

When There Was No Candy Store You Had to Improvise A sweet tooth is nothing new.  Candy has been a favorite going back to when primitive peoples first discovered the surprising sweetness of honey.  Every culture has their favorites, but our pioneer ancestors were on their own when it came to sweet treats.   They […]

Natural Materials You Can Use in Place of Goose Down

by | January 29, 2019

When it Comes to Insulation, Goose Down is the Champ.  Here’s How to Find Natural Substitutes that are Just as Good. There’s a reason Goose Down is found in so many sleeping bags, parkas and pillows.  It has proven over centuries to be one of the best insulating materials to keep the heat in and […]

Eat Your Trees: How to Wild Forage from the Largest Plants in the Forest

by | November 13, 2018

When you wild forage you tend to look down to the ground, but maybe it’s time to look up and eat your trees. If you know what to look for you can find a virtual bounty of wild foods in fields and forests.  But our focus always tends to be on plants underfoot.  There are […]

Where To Find Water In The City When There’s Not A Drop To Drink

by | October 4, 2018

When the faucets don’t work, and the toilet won’t flush, and the bathtub is a desert – here’s what to do. Life in the city can be tough.  Life in a city without water can be a whole lot tougher.  People in Flint, Michigan have lots of experience with that reality.  In fact, many parts […]

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