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Cover 39

Note from the publisher


The age of misinformation


Homesteading on the electronic frontier:
There’s plenty of information on the Internet about building and doing repairs

Ayoob on firearms:
The Marlin Model 60 — It’s the classic backwoods home rifle

Think of it this way:
Just how smart is that computer on your desk?

Make quick and easy pasta
Safe, delicious and inexpensive home preserves

Book reviews:
Graphic Guide to Frame Construction
The Very Efficient Carpenter
From Field & Forest: The Guide to Making Wild Jelly
Starting Over
The Busy Person’s Guide to Preserving Food

Original poems:
John Earl Silveira




  • Make your own lumber with a chainsaw mill
  • Here’s a “helping hand” for your chainsaw mill
  • You have to look beyond the building code to create really pleasing stairs
  • Would you believe…a canvas roof? It’s simple, quick, durable and cheap
  • A brick walk with little work and less money
  • Build a three-car garage for $78
  • Lessons I learned while building my log home
  • Concrete domes have some impressive advantages
  • Cob construction isliterallydirt cheap


Self Sufficiency

  • White sage — the quintessential chaparral herb


Independent energy

  • Plan your energy-independent home before you begin construction