Construction with logs was described by Roman architect Vitruvius Pollio in his architectural treatise De Architectura. He noted that in Pontus (modern-day northeastern Turkey), dwellings were constructed by laying logs horizontally overtop of each other and filling in the gaps with “chips and mud”.
Zyl Vardos is a tiny house construction company in Olympia, Washington. The company specializes in organic shapes and has been happily installing undulating rooflines, circular Hobbit-esque doors, and bright expanses of cedar shingles into the tiny house design lexicon since 2007. The tiny house movement may have gained traction in austere times, but, for Zyl, building small, movable houses is about more than saving money.
A kayak is a small, narrow boat which is propelled by means of a double-bladed paddle. Kayaks were originally developed by the Inuit, Yup’ik, and Aleut. They used the boats to hunt on inland lakes, rivers and coastal waters of the Arctic Ocean, North Atlantic, Bering Sea and North Pacific oceans. These first kayaks were constructed from stitched seal or other animal skins stretched over a wood or whalebone-skeleton frame. Kayaks are…
One of the modern trends when it comes to winter decoration for your home is to create them yourself. Even though you might think that you don’t have talent, creating decorations for you home from recycled materials is actually very easy, considering there are so many tutorials on the internet.
This is a documentary movie uncovering the process of building a wooden house with hand tools from local materials starting from forest till the living space. The 24-minute video from John Neeman Tools shows everything you could want to see, and more. From the laying of the foundation to the finished product. And not only was the whole thing assembled by humans working almost exclusively with hand tools, the house is held…
For centuries before the invention of screws and fasteners, Japanese craftsmen used complex, interlocking joints to connect pieces of wood for structures and beams, helping to create a uniquely Japanese wood aesthetic that can still be seen in the works of modern masters like Shigeru Ban.
Located in Thurmont, Maryland, Joe started carving eight years ago. He began carving tree spirits, and now can carve anything he or his customers dream up. Joe’s carvings can be found in homes and stores in Maryland, Pennsylvania, District of Columbia, Delaware, New York, New Jersey, Iowa, Indiana, Colorado, Kentucky, West Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, and even as far as Scotland. Below you will see just a few pieces of art created by…
Shou Sugi Ban 焼 杉 板 (or Yakisugi) is an ancient Japanese exterior siding technique that preserves wood by charring it. Traditionally, Sugi, (Cryptomeria japonica or Cupressus japonica L.f.) commonly called Japanese cedar, was used. It is still a popular tradition in the Okayama Prefecture of Japan.
Every year, wood planing experts from all over Japan meet up for a very unique competition in which everyone tries to shave off the thinnest piece of wood possible. I don’t know how skilled you are with a hand plane, but these guys can actually peel off see-through slices of wood that are measured in microns.
When it comes to my favorite things in the world, crafts and dogs are at the top of the list. There are so many creative project ideas out there that money just can’t buy and I’ve listed a few of my favorites below for the other DIY-obsessed dog lovers out there.