State of the Homestead: Hand Crafts

Part of the State of the Homestead series

Hand crafts – things we can make or build at home, that we might otherwise buy. Things we’re doing currently or learned this past year:

  • I’ve gotten good at making cheese this year.
  • Scott makes all our yogurt.
  • We both make pickles and jam.
  • I did my first major carpentry project this winter by building our root cellar.
  • We’ve both learned to make a decent fire in the fireplace, though we still need matches and newspaper and preferably fatwood.

To learn:

  • Now that I’ve got that oil press, I should probably learn to use it…
  • Scott’s interested in learning to make hard cider, so we’re going to give that a try this fall with gleaned apples we’ll press at Apple Day.
  • I want to try willow crafts – fences, baskets, and “fedges” (living fence/hedges).
  • I’m also starting to get keen on the mechanics of simple machines: gears, flywheels, and the like. Bike-powered winnowing machine, anyone?
  • Wouldn’t it be cool to build a roundhouse? Maybe straw bale, maybe cattail mats, maybe thatched…


  1. Suzie said,

    June 20, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    I think a roundhouse would be totally sweet!

  2. June 21, 2010 at 12:04 am

    Hi, nice post. Your post about handcraft is really informative and useful.
    Keep up the good work!

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