Category: Homesteading

A Homesteader’s Tool Box

By , March 9, 2019

A while ago, Sam Schipani of Hello Homestead asked me for a list of essential homestead tools for this article she subsequently wrote.

My reply seemed like a worthy blog post.

In no particular order, here’s a sampling of the most essential tools on the Zeiger Family Homestead:

A good pocket knife!: even though I didn’t intend to rank these, the first tool I thought of is probably the most important. I carry a camp (a.k.a. Boy Scout) folder pocket knife every single day—for so long, and so faithfully now, that the bale rivet has worn down so much that the bale’s coming loose, and the razor-thin head is cutting holes in my pocket linings!

The best homestead tool is the one you have on hand when you need it. I always make sure my pocket knife is on hand (see Constant Companion).

Homestead tools

Some of the homestead’s essential tools (Photo: Mark A. Zeiger).

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The Fat Wood Tree Finally Comes Down

By , January 29, 2019

After years of watching, waiting, and—well, whittling, I felled a significant tree on our homestead.

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The current wood lot, showing the broken stump and the partially trimmed upper log (Photo: Mark A. Zeiger).

We’d dubbed the tree “the fat wood tree” because it broke a long time ago. It fell against nearby trees, hanging up in their branches. Where the tree broke, sap oozed out to mend the break. The tree died, and it began to dry. The splintered break formed fat wood, excellent for starting fires.

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