I’ve always loved spending time in the wilderness. Maybe it’s because I was raised in the country, where I could shoot rifles and bow and arrows, and the forest was just a few steps from my door. A young boy’s paradise. But when I was eighteen I decided I wanted to do some seriously self-reliant wilderness living.
When I decided to build a forest cabin back in 2009, I knew almost nothing about building. Over the next three years I learned a lot about construction, including how to create attractive, long lasting stone foundations for almost no money. If you’re putting up a building and think you’d like to set it on something more beautiful than cinder blocks or Sonotubes, this blog might just provide the inspiration you need.
Beautiful, durable, ecologically sound siding. That’s what cedar shingles can deliver. But the idea of applying small pieces of wood over an entire building can seem more daunting than it is. The truth is, siding with cedar is easier than you think as long as you tackle the job properly.
With such a high and growing number of overweight and obese people around, you’d think interest in weight loss would be at an all-time low. In fact, the opposite is true. Despite swelling numbers of swelling people, amounts of diet and exercise books sold, health clubs joined and personal trainers hired have never been higher. So why the disconnect?
Jack LaLanne, a bodybuilder known as the “Godfather of Fitness” once said, “Your health account, your bank account, they’re the same thing. The more you put in, the more you can take out. Exercise is king and nutrition is queen. Together you have a kingdom.”
A couple years ago the leg press machine in my home gym broke mid-workout. It was rated for up to 400 pounds, but 250 was enough to snap the central weld joint holding it together. Watch this detailed video tour of my leg press machine and the improvements I made to it.
Ask a dozen people how to build muscle and they’ll probably give the same answer. Lifting weights. This isn’t strictly true. Training might be essential for gains, but you don’t put on mass at the gym. Not even a little. In fact, you do the opposite – you break muscle down.
Many days I walk between the office my dad and I share for work and the small cabin in the woods where my family and I live. It's quite a scenic route, and I decided to make a video of it this past week. Check it out here.