Domestic Arts

From artisan bread baking, to pottery, to candle or soap making this section focuses on the knowledge and skills necessary to run and produce the articles for a well kept home (the old school way). These skills were once the foundation of society all over the world– they have since been largely replaced with inexpensive articles of mass production. Learn to truly enjoy a simpler life and make more of what surrounds you on a daily basis!

2019 Reading List

I talked about my reading and learning on the podcast a few episodes ago and said that I would post my reading list for 2019. I believe that the books (or any content for that matter) someone is reading or owns can tell you quite a bit about them. Here you'll see both...

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Sourdough Waffles

Sourdough Waffles

I've experimented with sourdough bread off and on for about the last six years, but only enough in the last year or so to get consistent, repeatable, results. Or enough to REALLY understand what I'm doing and why. And that bothers me. I'm a bread lover, a serious...

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Easy DIY Wet-Scrape Hide Scraper

Easy DIY Wet-Scrape Hide Scraper

Confession time.... I've been working hides for probably the last 6 years with sub-par tools. Shocker eh? I always seem to start tanning as a last minute project without thinking about it in advance and just use whatever I have on hand. Which has led to some...

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Natural Dyeing using Dyer’s Woad

Natural Dyeing using Dyer’s Woad

It's a weekend!! Do you know what that means? That's right,project time! The last few weeks I've had something I've wanted to do and things keep getting in the way: bathroom remodel, guests over the weekend,cleaning out the garage, etc.  . .Actually, I have...

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Leaky Trees: Tapping Maples for Syrup

Last summer I read an old pioneer account of settling the region I live in and was intrigued by a brief reference to making maple syrup from the Box elder trees that grow in the area. Interesting to note, I logged that tidbit in the deep recesses of my mind and then...

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