The 2015 Portland, OR Tiny House Conference

I attended the Tiny House Conference in Portland, OR. I’ve been wanting to build a small house out on our farm land for a while now, and thought this would be a great place to research some ideas before I solidified my plans. There were some great lectures at the event, but the highlight for…

Primitive Survival Traps

I’ve been wanting to practice primitive trapping techniques and finally got the chance. I was joined on this project by my Army buddy Mike. We started by rigging snares. The basic principle is that a slip knot noose is tied to a branch. The branch is then spring loaded by bending it downwards and kept…

Winter Babies – Goats, Rabbits, BSF Larvae

As I was preparing my house for the rental market I figured I’d give the rabbits some time outside in the yard. They cleared up all the weeds and ate the remainder of the winter kale. They also made some new additions to the farm. It’s been a fairly mild winter in the Northwest however…

No Power? No Problem – Survival Project for Kids

In recent months we have had severe wind storms in the Pacific Northwest that knocked out power in several homes in my area. Odds are if you are in your house and the power goes out, you already have some food, water, shelter, and security but one can always use more light. With one wheel…

Primitive Pottery

I’ve been wanting to make another container for boiling water besides a burn bowl. Making pottery seemed like a good method. I sourced some clay from the riverbank and mixed it with sand to act as a temper (Temper helps keep the pot from breaking during the firing process). I used one hand-sized ball of…

Veteran’s Day Shenanigans – Aluminum Foundry and Blacksmithing

I’ve wanted to do some metal work for a while now but have had issues getting the coals hot enough to heat the metal for blacksmithing or a foundry. My first attempt at a foundry failed miserably. The air flow was not properly directed at the coals, so the heat did not circulate effectively and…

Swimming With the Fishes – The Death of My Aquaponics System

Here in the Pacific Northwest our climate is not conducive to growing Tilapia, but I wanted to try it anyway. Unfortunately keeping the water temperature warm enough for the fish was not practical in our outdoor system and with the imminent move to the farm in the near future I don’t want to add to…