Country Women
June 8, 2010, 7:14 am
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I found this book, Country Women – A Handbook for the New Farmer, at a yard sale this weekend. This guide seems to contain everything a woman, or man for the matter, needs to know about growing vegetables, building a house simple farm house, and keeping livestock out in the country.

Too many images to post here, the rest of the ones I scanned are here.

String Figures
May 3, 2010, 8:50 am
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Been pretty busy as of late – new house, new job – however I came across this book recently. Its a collection of string figures and their origins in native American and other indigenous cultures. I never realized how complicated the cat’s cradle could be.

Here are a few of my favorites:

From Sheep to Loom
January 28, 2010, 9:03 pm
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After shearing the sheep and before weaving on the loom, there is spinning on the wheel. The spinning wheel, the device used by the king’s daughter in Rumpelstiltskin to weave straw into gold, is a device dating back to 1237.

Besides turning straw to gold, this device allows you to transform wool into yarn, and then subsequently make clothes or rugs on the loom.

All images from Foxfire 2, more here.

From the Ground Up[Date]
January 20, 2010, 5:47 pm
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I have mentioned writer Lou Ureneck‘s Maine cabin in the past here. The detailed account of his journey of building the cabin was documented in a blog he wrote on the NY Times. Lou has now finished his cabin but reports will continue from a new blog appropriately called Maine Cabin Blog. Follow him as he continues onto his next project of planting and cultivating an orchard in the hills surrounding his cabin.

Images via NYTimes.

Emery Blagdon's Healing Machine
November 10, 2009, 8:56 pm
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During the last three decades of his life, Emery Blagdon built a healing machine. Within his shed in the Nebraska Sandhills he delicately created a work from scrap pieces of metal, tin foil, and other found objects which he believed generated electromagnetic energy. When combined with his paintings and properly positioned within his shed this work could generate energy that could alleviate pain and prevent disease.

Kenny Runion
November 9, 2009, 10:17 am
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Kenny Runion is a craftsman, he makes everything from laurel wood rocking chairs to belts to wooden necklaces with dimes store jewels. He also has a riddle for you.

kenny runion riddle

*Answers to Kenny’s riddle :  (1) A Chesnut (2) A wagon (3) a Churn (4) A person carrying a milk stool upside down riding on a donkey. Excerpt from Foxfire 2.