08-Apr-2013Harlan Hubbard on gardening by hand and the best use of one’s time
From “Payne Hollow: Life on the Fringe of Society”:
28-Dec-2012I make bookshelves out of discarded wooden pallets. They don’t require book-ends. I tilt the entire shelf.
25-Sep-2012Cheap shelter/off-grid inspiration: PODS container and a few awnings
Spotted while walking the dogs the other day. Enough to spark the imagination and get the ideas flowing.
20-Jun-2012“Surely refinement of living does not consist in gadgets and machinery, but in such elements as leisure, contentment, lack of confusion, small niceties.” — Harlan Hubbard, ‘Shantyboat’
Amazon.com: Shantyboat On The Bayous 9780813117171: Harlan Hubbard: Books.
05-May-2012Wind damage to the tin roof on my workshop
Must have happened during the previous night’s thunderstorm. It passed through the Metroplex with 60-mile-an-hour wind gusts and pea-sized hail. Probably came through Sulphur Springs, too.
Not too dramatic, I suppose, but when I arrived at the cabin this morning one of the tin slats was bent backward and wrapped around the power line that […]
16-Apr-2012Writing desk made from recycled wooden pallets
I needed a writing desk/dining table for the cabin. It would have been easier and less time-consuming to just buy a cheap-ass folding table from one of the big-box office stores or scrounge one from a local thrift shop, but as I was leaving work one day I discovered a pile of wooden pallets out […]
03-Apr-2012Global Portable Buildings – Ultimate 8′ x 40′
Some people daydream of sunshine and pretty flowers, fame and fortune, or long walks along the beach and candle-lit dinners. I’ve been daydreaming of living in a shipping container for the past ten years.
Now that I’ve got the property, it’s just a matter of saving up enough cash to buy the damn thing. Easier […]
16-Jan-2012Keith Thompson: Totally Off The Grid
This guy is my hero.
Keith Thompson: Totally Off The Grid – YouTube.
06-Jan-2012Setting up a tarp tent shelter in the backyard (somewhat clumsily and mostly failing)
But I finally got it looking right in the end. Anyway, it’s good to practice. A few things I learned: 1) Need 6 or more tent stakes (two to stretch out the sides), 2) On warm days, that thing’s an oven. It probably helps to raise the back part up a little to let in […]
08-Jun-2011fence made from wooden pallets holds in goats and pigs