Cob (an old English word for lump) is a building material as old as humanity made out of a mixture of clay, sand, and straw. The Cob Builders Handbook is a friendly guide to making your own earth structure, with chapters on design, foundations, floors, windows and doors, finishes, and of course, making glorious cob. Whether you’re just wanting to learn more about cob building or are ready to dive right in, this will be your go-to guide!
Part vegan beauty how-to, part cookbook, and part self-improvement manifesto, The Compassionate Chick's Guide to DIY Beauty showcases nontoxic, rejuvenating, and restorative skin care and beauty products that you can whip up in your kitchen with simple ingredients for pennies per treatment. Everything you need to know about making your own vegan cosmetics is here, from the benefits of going vegan and why it's important to only use products that haven't been tested on animals to a complete list of what you'll need to get started (from the ingredients to the equipment).
The Complete Guide to DIY Greenhouses contains building plans, information, and tips to help you build and run your own greenhouse from the ground up.
Laser-focused on building greenhouses for the home gardener, it's the most complete title on DIY greenhouses you'll find anywhere. Featuring full-color step-by-step photos and comprehensive how-to instructions, the book includes full plans for structures that are designed to extend the gardening season. From ornate, Victorian-style greenhouses to basic cold frames, you're sure to find a project that meets your needs and fits your space. In this new edition, you'll find several new plans to expand the range of options, including a geodesic-dome greenhouse, a custom greenhouse with a fieldstone foundation, more kit greenhouses, and even a super-efficient greenhouse built completely from upcycled building materials!
The Complete Guide to DIY Greenhouses gives an updated look at new materials and products, along with tips for siting and orienting, that will help you make good design choices. Complete sections on heaters, ventilation, and watering systems show you how to set up and operate your greenhouse for maximum benefit. Building a greenhouse, even a relatively complex "stick-built" style, is a surprisingly easy DIY project and one that’s sure to delight any gardener in your family.
The Complete Guide to Sheds has the perfect plan for anyone who is building his or her own tool shed, habitable shed, and many more kinds of structures.
The most popular plans from previous editions are preserved, from small garage-style sheds with overhead doors, to kit sheds, to contemporary utility sheds with a dramatic flair. This new edition delves into new styles that are drawing strong interest today, including tiny sheds, miniature tool sheds, and even small habitable sheds that are designed to function mostly as a quiet retreat for practicing a particular hobby or activity. As with all of the hardworking, practical sheds from earlier editions, the new varieties include full-color step-by-step photos, complete building plan drawings with cutting lists, and clear how-to instructions.
Shed-building, like any other building process, starts with good techniques. That's why the general skills section has been updated and improved. With this complete guide, you can build just about any shed you dream of. Plus, you'll find information on new tools and products that will make your project go faster and more smoothly. Rounded out with helpful information on important considerations like siting and zoning, Complete Guide to Sheds, Updated 3rd Edition truly is a complete guide to this very popular DIY activity.
A step-by-step ultimate guide to building life-saving structures for every climate and wilderness situation which is for beginners and experienced outdoor enthusiasts alike. Without shelter, a person stuck in the wild can die of exposure in a matter of hours—long before they run out of food or water. But most people, even hardened backpackers, don’t know how to build an adequate shelter. Packed with 30 easy-to-follow tutorials and over 200 step-by-step photos, this all-encompassing primer teaches readers how to construct a wide range of life-saving shelters using the natural materials available.
Rainfall levels are rarely optimal, but there are hundreds of things you can do to efficiently conserve and use the water you do have and to reduce the impact of drought on your soil, crops, livestock, and farm or ranch ecosystem.
An EcoNest is not just a home … it is a breathtakingly beautiful structure that nurtures health and embraces ecology. This unique approach to construction combines light straw clay, timber framing, earthen floors, natural plasters and other natural techniques with the principles of building biology to create a handcrafted living sanctuary. By bringing together time-honored traditions and modern innovations, owners of EcoNests enjoy living spaces that reflect the best of both worlds.
The EcoNest Home is an in-depth exploration of the benefits of choosing this technique over conventional alternatives, combined with a complete practical guide for prospective designers and builders. Authors Paula Baker-Laporte and Robert Laporte draw on their own extensive experience to provide:
The most comprehensive, North American resource on light straw clay construction, written by its leading proponents, The EcoNest Home is a must-read for anyone considering building their own healthy, affordable, environmentally friendly, natural home.
Learn to make hooks, spoons, and tools of all sorts that you’ll use every day.
This essential blacksmith’s reference includes many projects contributed by leading blacksmiths from around the world, each featuring multiple opportunities for variation.
Modern smiths can use the first section of The Everyday Blacksmith as a reference for shop basics: safety, equipment, and techniques. In addition to these fundamentals, which are illustrated through a series of projects, you’ll also learn methods for finishing pieces.
In the second section of the book, you’ll find a step-by-step guide to a diverse range of essential blacksmith projects. Structured by category and difficulty, the instructions for these projects emphasize the accessibility of techniques, functionality of projects, and diversity of design.
The Everyday Blacksmith is sure to become every shop’s go- to reference guide.
Teaches readers everything they need to know about the provenance and history of furniture, as well as how to restore, update and care for it—from antiques to midcentury pieces, family heirlooms and funky flea-market finds.
If you love camping, but you’re tired of sleeping on the ground (or you have a dream of simply checking out and hitting the road), then a teardrop trailer is the perfect DIY project for you. Sleek, nimble, and oh-so-comfortable, a custom-built teardrop trailer lets you escape in head-turning style. Covering everything from sketchbook ideas to the complete step-by-step know-how, The Handmade Teardrop Trailer trains you up like a pro on how to successfully build this iconic camper.
It really doesn’t matter if you are a ‘granola hugging tree eater’ (a onetime Freudian slip that was just better than the original and stuck) or a cheapskate, The High Art and Subtle Science of Scrounging will show you how to help the planet and save money at the same time. This book comes with a warning though: once you have started scrounging, it is hard to stop. The High Art and Subtle Science of Scrounging will show you it’s easy to own a home without a mortgage, drive a car without a loan payment, eat food without writing a big check at the grocery store, and be entertained without removing your wallet from your pocket. All you have to do is shift your point of view a bit.
As more and more people join the do-it-yourself revolution, they are breathing new life into many time-honored skills and crafts. Blacksmithing is among the trades that are enjoying a resurgence for both practical and artistic uses, yet there is not an abundance of readily accessible information available to beginning blacksmiths to help them get started and understand the craft.
Author Ryan Ridgway, a veterinarian and blacksmith with more than 15 years of metalworking experience, hopes to fill that void with this comprehensive volume geared toward answering the many questions that new blacksmiths often have. By explaining the physics of moving metal, the different styles of anvils and forges, and alternative fuel sources, Ridgway sets his book apart from less-detailed volumes. He presents 40 practical, easy-to-follow projects, showing aspiring blacksmiths how to make tools (such as hammers and chisels), farm implements (such as gate latches and hoof picks), and items for home use (including drawer pulls and candleholders).