Saturday, December 31, 2016

Off-Grid homestead in the Middle East.

This is a look at a joint run Israeli-Palestinian homestead project in the West Bank that we recently visited while on assignment. / The site is still in development but presently contains a greenhouse, well, fruit trees, goats, sheep, chickens, rabbits, solar power, a garden, kitchen, outhouse, and plenty of helping hands.

Friday, December 30, 2016

LeverAxe 2 : quick demo.

Watch how effortlessly the LeverAxe 2 kicks straight grain wood apart. I still use my trusty 20lb maul for cross grain woods (like hickory); but why not speed up the process on these lighter logs?

=WATCH and READ the full video review of this product here: LEVERAXE 2 REVIEW

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

How to make beverage coasters from tree limbs.

Here's a quick demo video showing the start to finish on some simple woodcraft you can make from the tops of downed trees. // Grains used in this video: Black Cherry, Black Locust, Red Maple.

::={SAFETY NOTE: Accidents happen. One "should" always ensure the safety mechanisms/guards of the machinery & tools they use; and always wear protective safety gear.

Felling a back-leaning tree with wedges.

Contrary to my prediction that the tree was going to fall the way it was leaning (downhill); my 92 yr old Grandfather schooled me on how to force it to fall uphill. Note for the armchair experts: While the hammer strikes may appear weak, notice how the soundwave concussion wobbles the camera from a distance. I know how to properly swing a maul. Given the short 16" handle and slope that I was standing against, I used momentum swings instead of direct blows.