“The Woodland Homestead: How to Make Your Land More Productive and Live More Self-Sufficiently in the Woods” authored jointly by Brett McLeod and Philip Ackerman-Leist
I found this when looking for other books in the Backyard Homestead series also published by Storey Publishing. It was intriguing to me because the land my Husband and I plan to build our Homestead on is heavily wooded and we were debating whether or not to clear cut a significant portion of the land- yet here was a book offering us an alternative. So at first I picked it up first for Kindle, but then decided to get it in Paperback form once I saw the information in it.
This book really does take you through the basics from the beginning- right up to and including information on how to perform your own Land Surveys to determine what’s in your woodland and how you can best utilize it. It also has an incredible section on various tools and even the techniques of using them for various needs. Perhaps what I love most about this section is that it even tells you the appropriate way to fell a tree- including a handy illustration showing you where your escape routes are compared to the potential danger zones or “felling area”.
In addition to showing you how to evaluate, get started, and build a farmstead in your woodland, it also gives you a host of ideas for what to do with your trees. These suggestions include everything from making furniture, to charcoal, how to cut and season firewood, how to tap trees for Syrup, basket weaving with barkstrap, and so on.
All in all, there is an incredible host of information here… And while my Husband and I have still decided to clear cut some of our land for pasture, we’ve definitely opted to keep more woodland than initially decided because of this book. I really look forward to putting the information here into practice.