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The Amish, Telephones, and the Phone Shack

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

At Amish America, David Arment is visiting with a special article on Amish phone use. In case you’re new to David Arment, he spends a lot of time in Amish country with a camera, so he learns what kinds of buildings community members use. Starting from the phone shack, David is talking about how Amish communities adopt technology.

Bike Path Underused In Winter? The Freezeway Is an Ice Skating Path

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015


Bike lanes are increasing carless transportation, but not everybody is devoted enough to cycle through the winter, especially in regions where winters are long and bitter. In Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, Matt Gibbs has proposed the Freezeway, which converts a bicycle path into a skating path for the winter. Edmonton’s five-month winter makes a skating path surprisingly practical. Do you think the Freezeway could ever happen?
Learn more at Make Something Edmonton
Source at The Weather Network

Herringbone Tile Kitchen Backsplashes

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

The herringbone pattern is an exciting way to bring modular geometry into your home. Small, rectangular tiles fit on almost any surface, and the diagonal pattern stands out. Visit Homedit and you will find a gallery of inspiring herringbone kitchen backsplashes, a refreshing alternative to herringbone wood floors.
These sources are gorgeous.

Scandinavian Contemporary Wood Summer Home

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

If you like Scandinavian architecture and design, visit Dezeen’s tour of Sommarhus Akenine by the studio Johan Sundberg Arkitektur in Sweden. The wood home is situated in a boreal forest on the coastline. Both inside and outside, the home is simply contemporary but for those who like to learn architectural details, the firm varied up wood types.
See samples.

The Amish and Cigarettes

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

You wouldn’t expect the Amish to smoke cigarettes, and it’s true that not many do. The habit is often considered too expensive for Amish frugality. However, don’t be alarmed if you do see an Amish person smoking. Every community has different rules. Get more details on this surprising topic at

How Dovetail Joint Strength Works

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

Woodworking never stops teaching you things. Today, let’s talk about physics with Steve Schafer. Steve goes over the science of finding out how weak a dovetail joint can possibly be (I see humor here) if the pins are very thin. The lengthy article has illustrations and explains tension between pins and tails.

Skelton Dovetail Saw Gallery and Unboxing

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

At Popular Woodworking, Graham Hayden is trying out and showing off a Skelton dovetail saw. Besides being among the most beautiful handsaws in the world, the Skelton saw is custom handcrafted in England. Shane Skelton’s work is superb and Graham goes over every pro and con of the saw with respect.
Click on the beauty of tools.

Safety for Tiny House Architecture

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

Tiny houses are so ingenious, so beautiful, and so new. Many of us get inspired by tiny house tours with their unusual arrangements and efficient designs. Lloyd Alter would like to remind us to balance that inspiration with safe, sober thought. Click on TreeHugger for an article on fire safety and other safety considerations tiny house builders should keep in mind.
Remember, it’s for living in.

This Tool Is Art: Jim Leamy Plow Plane

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

Those of you who read Popular Woodworking, visit Christopher Schwartz’s blog for a close-up on a Jim Leamy plow plane that the magazine snuck into a cover photo of a hall cupboard. Leamy’s tools are art; some are brilliant to use, others to touch and move the parts on.
Get the photos.

Amish Bakery Photo Tour

Friday, January 9th, 2015

Kevin Williams has a treat for you. The Amish Cook columnist has visited Countrylane Bakery and Gifts of Berne, Indiana. Of course, he took pictures of Amish baked goods. Ooh, is that confectioner’s frosting on those peach fry pies? Photos, as well as directions to visit for yourself, are at
Click to read about pie.