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Issue #43

January/February, 1997

This issue is Sold Out.
Most articles are included in our print anthology
A Backwoods Home Anthology — The Eighth Year
Click on General Store to the left.


Cover 43

Note from the publisher


   Start your own newspaper


Where I live:
   Nine-patch, baby and log-cabin quilts

Just for kids:
   Fairies in your garden

Ayoob on firearms:
   Teaching your lady to shoot

Homesteading on the electronic frontier:
   Solar, wind and other independent energy information can be found on the Internet

   Rough day? You need to sip some yeller wine
   Make your own Old World culinary delights
   These salads are hearty dishes

Book Reviews:
   How to Build Your Own Log Cabin For Less Than $15,000
   Making the Best of Basics

Original Poems:
   John Earl Silveira


Independent energy

  • Heat and cool inexpensively with a ground source heat pump
  • Tankless water heaters offer some important advantages, but they have some drawbacks, too
  • Diesel generator power is a sensible choice especially when integrated into the total system
  • Try these simple ways to get started in solar hot water
  • Getting the most out of a solar electric system
  • Is steam power in your future?
  • Here's the best way to split gnarly firewood
  • For safety sake, homestead fuel storage must be handled properly


  • A hot tub doesn't have to be expensive...We made ours for $35
  • Here's and easier (and cheaper) way to make wooden beams


  • Here's a cabbage with class — Early Jersey Wakefield
  • You can grow gourmet strawberries from seed

Self sufficiency

  • Better health from common plants
  • We built a homemade community fire truck
  • The incredible cattail — "The super Wal-Mart of the swamp"
  • Improve FM and shortwave reception with a do-it-yourself radio antenna
  • Sometimes a good old bucket of coals is the best solution
  • Seventeen great tips for caring for windows, mirrors and other household glass

Country living

  • Considering life in rural Arkansas
  • Good-bye old friend

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