An estimated $150 billion a year changes hands in the complex, global forest products industry that logs 32 million acres of forest every year, often illegally, leaving a trail of devastation to ecosystems and local economies around the world. Much of that timber makes its way to the United States, currently the largest wood products market in the world.
For the past two weeks, two men and a chainsaw have been felling trees all over our 44 acres, winching them out of the woods with a tractor and pulling them down to the barnyard where they wait to be shaped into unmilled timber frame members over the next few […]
We came across some rough-sawn elm cut to 5/4″ that we thought would work well to make the loft floor in the barn, but it turned out to be only about half the needed number of board feet. Then a good friend kindly offered us some old white oak timbers […]
A crew from Whole Trees Architecture and Construction spent Tuesday and Wednesday on our land and completed peeling all the trees that need peeling this summer to serve as the unmilled timbers we will be using to build our house next spring. Selected not only because they are the right […]
Guest Post by Doug Hansmann With daytime high temperatures staying in the 70s this week, we’re getting a much-appreciated reprieve from what’s been a roasting summer here in Wisconsin. And as Denise and I finalize the orientation of the passive-solar house we intend to build next year, minimizing all possible […]
GUEST POST BY DELLA HANSMANN Read more of her thoughts on green building and design at Dwelling Places. Denise and Doug have been planning to build a house for a long time. They were thinking about this natural dream home from the time they bought land in rural Wisconsin in […]
We are not going to make it to the Midwest Renewable Energy Fair this year because it conflicts with a rare reunion of my far-flung family. I will miss it, and I will especially miss attending the workshops on compressed earth blocks by Midwest Earth Builders. Looking through the Energy […]