How To Build a Wood-Gasifier - Whether you want to be off the grid or simply prepared in the event of a sustained power outage, you are going to need an alternate source of energy at some point. A generator would seem like the practical solution to the en
Camping Hack: How to Make Fire With a Lemon (Fact or Fiction?) - I thought this was a pretty clever, although not terribly practical idea. While you may not have these types of items lying around (zinc nails anyone? :)), it just goes to show you what migh
Pump Fire Drill - The Iroquois invented this ingenious pump drill, which uses a flywheel to generate friction. The crossbar and flywheel are made of hardwood; the spindle and fireboard are made from softwoods (as in the ha
Designer Nicholas Heckaman of The Ring Tree meticulously handcrafts detailed rings out of US coins. The Gainesville, Florida-based designer first discovered his skill when he was looking for the perfect ring to propose to his girlfriend with. He managed t
DIY Solar Lamp: Make your own Eco-Friendly Sun Jar. This is simply a way of taking an existing solar lamp ( garden stake style) and gluing it (solar panel skyward) inside a sealable jar. Soak up sun outside in the day, use indoors at night!