Cultivate a Do-it-Yourself Mentality


Hand Built Campfire Cooking Apparatus 

Photos by Lois Hoffman

Call me self sufficient and frugal or just call me stubborn — either way is probably right. I am talking about doing and making things that I need for myself. I have always had a passion for DIY projects but this past year has probably brought this even more to light. Being at home more, coupled with shortages of goods in stores, prompted many to make do with supplies at hand and to be ingenious and make whatever they needed at home. This is the way I was raised, to use what was on hand before buying.

This subject comes to mind, because of all the extra time we had this past year. Boredom is a great motivator to take a gander at what you have at hand and what you can do with it. People that think they have no talent for doing their own projects maybe just haven’t tried before.

Finding Inventive DIY Projects Around the Home

This past week has been the week of accomplishment for us. A lot of projects that we started got finished. We have had a set of four corn planter plates setting around collecting dust. Ron welded three of them together and fashioned a tripod around them with chains to hold a kettle over a bonfire to cook in.

He also took some leftover steel plates and made two heavy-duty stands, one to work on and one to mount my scroll saw on.

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