Stapling Reeds and Spreading Mud

After the bitumen paper, rock wool, cardboard, and battens, we needed a surface to spread the earth plaster onto. I experimented with making a small loom to weave…

Rent a Sawmill

Silver rented a sawmill to make all his floor joists, wall studs, roof battons, lots of lovely off-cuts, and a few bags of sawdust Oh and Ric came…

Biodiesel

At the beginning of the summer I experimented with running our old VW T4 van on vegetable oil, mixed 50/50 with diesel. It worked great, until we hit…

Sealing the Attic

The next job in the attic is to create a ceiling. The easiest and quickest way to make the ceiling would be to build a frame on the…

Lifting Logs with Levers

When I first visited Estonia in 2012, Silver had recently felled┬átrees with plans to build a house. This year the logs were uncovered to start building, and Maarja,…

Remixing an IKEA Table

We’ve wanted to turn our windowsill into a desk for some time now, hampered only by ums and ahhs over material choices. Do we just buy some new…

Pallet Steps

I’ve been working on some wooden steps. We saved a lot of pallets from a skip at the construction site of the Hilton hotel behind our house, and…