Category Archives: House

Black Forest Virtues

With respect to firewood, hoarding is virtuous. At least it is in the Black Forest, where winters are long and hard, and wood is a primary source of heat. We used to poke fun at our neighbor who had virtually … Continue reading

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Fall Garden Tour

We’ve had the first night frosts, leaves are turning and falling fast, winter is coming … but life still lingers in the garden. Take the picture tour

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Compound Miter Saw

The name alone would be enough to qualify as a cool contraption; but it’s also an eminently useful tool. As the name implies, this saw allows accurate cuts that are angled in 2 planes. Wendy gave me this professional grade … Continue reading

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Oven Update

I haven’t posted about our cob oven project in a while. You’d think we’d be done by now, but you’d be mistaken. The basic structure is complete – in fact we baked our first batch of pizzas two weeks ago. … Continue reading

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Building a Cob Oven–Part VI

The sunny spell continues – but it’s highly unusual for mid-september so we had better get our oven done quickly before the rains set in. Today we achieved a big milestone by completing the basic structure: we finished the insulation … Continue reading

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