Making a Flint Striker with a Blacksmith Forge

I like making fire using more primitive methods. I have a great flint and steel kit that was gifted to me from my parents as a kid, but I’ve always wanted to make my own. I have some flint from a previous adventure. Now I just needed to craft the striker. After recently purchasing a…

Queen Cells in a Beehive

Every beehive only has one queen. She controls everything; the productivity, the location, even the overall mood. But in nature, there are predators; hungry birds, rival hornets, spiderwebs… So what occurs if the queen gets killed or dies? Bees create special elongated cells for creating a new queen. These cells are filled with a substance…

Making a Mug From a Tree Branch

With the tiny house being complete I finally had some spare time to just make something for fun. I’d seen some variations of viking mugs online, and what could go better in a tiny house than a HUGE mug… I started by selecting a limb I’d removed from a Black Walnut tree last year. Using…

What kind of beehive should I get?

If you’ve been thinking about getting started as a beekeeper, you’ll likely be wondering, “What type of beehive should I get?” In this post I will break down the pros and cons of the hives I’ve been using. There are two main style of hives that I use. One is called a Top Bar Hive,…

What does it cost to get started in beekeeping?

If you’ve ever thought about becoming a beekeeper, you’re probably wondering what it costs to get started. Here is a breakdown of some of the associated costs to start the hobby. This page contains affiliate links to the products that I use in my apiary. Using the links to purchase items won’t cost you any…

What did it cost to build my tiny house?

Tiny House Cost Breakdown The total build cost of the tiny house came in just under $22k. That number includes everything; trailer, frame, appliances, furnishings… everything. My initial target budget was about $16k, but I didn’t want to cut corners on things and had a good source of income, so I just rolled with it….

Making More Fig Trees

Figs are one of those natural ways to satisfy a sweet tooth. We have one tree at my folks house, but would love to plant more out at the farm property. To accomplish this, I would be taking some cuttings from our healthy tree, dipping them in some rooting hormone, and then putting them into…