DIY Project — Replace Bicycle Tube and/or Tire

This is the first DIY feature on bicycle repair. We’re bullish on bicycles as an efficient and clean means of transportation. It isn’t as low tech as walking, but it is far better than any other mechanized mode of transportation, according to the discussion on a previous blog post. We made a short video, which … More DIY Project — Replace Bicycle Tube and/or Tire

Research Update — Deer Hide Tanning Instructions, Part 2

Continued from Part 1. So far, we have skinned, fleshed, salted, and rinsed our hide. Refleshing (optional) This is just a repetition of the scraping done in the first step. After salting and rinsing, more membrane (and a bit of fat and flesh missed before) can be scraped off on top of the hide-scraping bench … More Research Update — Deer Hide Tanning Instructions, Part 2

Research Update — Deer Hide Tanning Instructions, Part 1

I am continuing my first foray into deer hide tanning. In this post, I’ll outline the methods that I’m following. Tanning has three main steps with a few additions (given in parentheses): skinning and fleshing, (salting and rinsing, refleshing, hair removal,) pickling and neutralizing, and softening. We’ll go through these step by step. Before we … More Research Update — Deer Hide Tanning Instructions, Part 1

DIY Project — Making Char Cloth for Low-Tech Fire Kindling — Contribution from Fred Sutherland

I’m happy to have the chance to share what I know about making char cloth, a material used to help start fires over a hundred years before modern matches and lighters, on the Low Tech Blog. Char cloth is simply carbonized cloth that, when it is lit, will hold a smoldering hot ember for several … More DIY Project — Making Char Cloth for Low-Tech Fire Kindling — Contribution from Fred Sutherland