The Foot Powered (Treadle) Lathe

No electricity required…

This guy is a master carpenter.  

Human powered devices are pretty cool. — IKB


Live Big in a Very Small Space: Mortgage Free!

When it comes to living simply, this is one of the most exciting ideas we found. With economies in a tailspin worldwide, this seems to be a great alternative to the way things have been done for the last 100 years or so. Please enjoy these videos….

This video shows someone building one.

This one shows a complete and inhabited one.

This one shows what the youth can do if we give them a chance. It’s a little long, but worth it.

These examples demonstrate that we can build anything ourselves. It may take a few months or a few years, but it can be done. Imagine, no mortgage!

We want one too!!!! — IKB



A Windmill Made out of a Bicycle Rim

Yes, a windmill you can make yourself with something in your garage or basement. Make something old new again!

Check this out too. –  Bicycle Wheel: A Surprising Wind Turbine By: J. Manuel Feliz-Teixeira

It inspired us to make one, and we made one from a child’s bike rim. It was surprisingly difficult to put the tape on, so we looked at the video again. He had a bigger rim, and less spokes, thus more space in between the spokes. So we used aluminum foil instead; much easier!

We tested it using a house fan, and it worked! This year, we will try a bigger rim. The turbine part, we haven’t tried 🙂

We hope this inspires you to try this for yourself, and if you do, please drop us a line and let us know how it works out. If you have already made one, please share your knowledge with us. – IKB

A Pretty Innovative Little Camp Stove

We know how attached people have become to their phones and tablets and the like, so we thought this was a cool way to charge up your gadgets even in the great outdoors, far away from civilization.


Since we don’t have one, we don’t know how well it works. But we think this is a pretty good start to open this page with. – IKB