Hootenanny Homestead

A Homesteading Journey

Updating Bowl Making Gear

So I believe that I’ve posted before on some of the metal working that I’ve down.  In particular, I’ve made a few copper bowls at home.  You only need a few tools, as you need to heat up the sheet of copper, pound it into a bowl shape and then get it finished. A small propane torch is really all that you need to heat your piece of copper.  A ball peen hammer can be used to get the shape.  The only thing that you is to figure out is how you are going to get that bowl shape.
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A sneak peak

So there is another project that we should be able to share with you in a few weeks.  But here is a bit of a sneak peak.  Sneak Peak

A Grand Time For Seeds

Well, I can report that my seed order has arrived, so I need to go through them.  There are of course seeds that do better if they are started and transplanted while others do better with being directly sown into the ground.  As I get the chance to sort through everything that came in and what we’ve saved from last year I’ll be able to do another post with our seed starting strategy this year.
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More Cold Weather

So as you all may have heard, the groundhog says that it saw its shadow and so we will have 6 more weeks of winter.  Whether you believe the meteorological chops of a rodent that lives in a library most of the year or not, we ended up with some more cold weather coming in just after.  Sadly there wasn’t any snow, just a mixture of rain and ice.  But that means that we’ll need some more firewood.
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Happy February to All

Well, would you look at that?  One month of 2018 is gone already.  It might still be cold, and there is the possibility for some snow tonight and maybe some more this weekend, but it is time to be thinking about ordering seeds and thinking about the garden.

With the cold weather, we have been using a chunk of wood.  Well, the other day some new logs showed up.  This means that we need to look at finding a functional chainsaw and cutting them down.  Once they get cut we’ll need to break out the wedges and hammers to split up the hunks into usable chunks for the fireplace.

Hope all is going well for each of your homesteads.

Blacksmithing Boot Camp

I took another blacksmithing class this weekend.  This one was a blacksmithing boot camp, to work on the basics (which meant that I ended up learning quite a bit).  This is just going to be a quick update on what I did.  I am looking into setting up my own forge and all, so hopefully, that will lead to a bit more blacksmithing.
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Time to Care for My Cast Iron

I don’t know if I’ve mentioned on here before, but I like cooking with cast iron.  If you read homesteading podcasts you’ll see that a lot.  I can tell you though, I didn’t come across my love of cast iron through homesteading.  It started while camping.  Those amazing desserts that came out of a cast iron dutch oven are what started me into looking at cast iron cookware.  Then I found the skillets.  I have used mine on stovetops, ovens, campfires, grills, wood stoves and any number of other heat sources.
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New Year, New Goals

Ahh,  the new year is upon us and it is time to ponder new goals for the new year.  We have gone over our wrap up from last year as far as eggs and the garden go.  But let’s take a look back at our 2017 goals (including a major goal) and see how we did.  Then after that, we’ll look into making a few new goals to tackle this year.
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