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.
- 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…