Coffee table books

4 mai 2020

books

I wanted to share some inspiring books I have on my coffee table. I just received a crazy inspiring book. Our house is filling slowly of books that are feeding our life change, slow life and future projects.

I wanted to share with you three books that really inspired me lately. No novels, just books you will grab from time to time and escape. Those books are filled with amazing pictures, inspiring texts and other great resources. It is really a breath of fresh air lately.

FForest

Being, doing and making in nature

I keep mentioning Fforest lately. That retreat place is located in the UK and we would love to visit it someday! They are really an inspiration for us and our plans.

In this book, they are celebrating time spent outdoos in the nature. May it by in the woods or near the ocean. This books will give you plenty of small activities to do outdoor. From seaweed’s identification to flatbread on fire. Pictures are made by the talented Finn Beales. He is one of my favorite photographers and he really adds something to this book.

fforest

Link to the book

Farmlife

From farm to table and new country culture

Gestalten is one those book editors where every book could be something I want at my place. This is an ode to beautifully crafted books.

This one is about a new farmers generation. They are an inspiring back to the land group of folks. Like the title says from farm to table. Inspiring portraits, recipes and pictures are the right recipe for this book. If you know anything about our projects, you might understand why I love this book.

farmlife

Link to the book

The new traditional

Heritage, craftmanship, and local identity

This last recommendation is also the most recent one in my library. Another gem from Gestalten written by the good folks at Beside. If you don’t know Beside, go read about it, I will wait. It is one of the best online and paper magazine I am reading. Fully aligned with my values! I am always super impatient to get the new issue. Their small quarantine letters are really a breath of fresh air.

This book is a serie of portraits from around the world. People keeping traditions alive. Modern craftmen/women, inspiring texts and beautiful pictures! Keep those traditions alive, reconnecting to nature and not forgetting the past. I couldn’t expect anything better!

the new traditional

Link to the book

Go read all of that, share your favorites with me and come tell me about them on 🐥 Twitter.


🪓 Heating, multiple times

27 avril 2020

axe

Ty Lucie has two burning places. One in the living room and a gorgeous wood cooker that also heat the heating system’s water in the kitchen. We need logs pretty often for this. We also use wood for the barbecue and fire pit outdoors. We love to use it to chill outside or just cook on it. An essential tool for all of this was a good axe.

A quick tour online and a few questions asked and here I am ordering a Gränsfors Bruk’s axe (If you know how to pronounce it, tell me). This Small Forest axe is a jack of all trades. From carving to small trees chopping, it can do it all. I use it non stop for the last two years.

“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.”

Used to say Abraham Lincoln. But I ain’t as good as he was. Or at least, I wasn’t. I realized that my axe was less efficient lately. I owe her way much than this. It was time to learn how to take care of her. I was pleased to see my friends at Misc. Adventures publish an IGTV serie of videos on wood chopping and taking care of your axe and knives. It usually comes as an in person workshop that I still want to attend sooner than later.

Andrew's hands

My axe had a few hits on the bevel. I had to do a bit more than just re sharpen it. I had to remove those with a file. Andrew from Misc. Adventures was kind enough to directly jump on it and make a short video about this task. I don’t think I was the only one in this case but I love to think I was. Same day, the video got published. A DM and he wished me luck. I will tell you how it went.

In the mean time, please go check those videos and tell me what you thought of them on 🐥 Twitter or 📸 Instagram

P.S.: It went ok. It wasn’t super easy but I am happy with the result.


A month of Digital declutter

16 janvier 2020

Less social networks to start the year. As I said, I read Cal Newport’s last book on Digital minimalism and then early yesterday, I read a blog post on the Focus Course on them doing a digital declutter. I was like « Why not » and there it goes, I uninstall Instagram and Twitter from iPad and iPhone. Then install NextDns and block all those pesky attention stealers of social networks.

I am starting a 30 days of « No social network ». We will see how it goes. You can still reach me via Email, I would be happy to chat. I was wondering if there was a way to get Twitter/Instagram DMs as emails. If you know a solution, ping me at hello@yannickschutz.com . If you prefer, ask me my postal address and I will happily start a letter exchange with you. That sounds way more personal and mindful than a quick Twitter DM.

NextDNS app is quite amazing for your privacy but also for your digital health. You can block a lot of things. Right now it is in beta and free but I would happily pay for my peace of mind. You decide what you wanna have access to. You block all the ads trackers. Freedom is a nice alternative but it goes the opposite direction, you block sites from time to time. NextDns is « you allow from time to time ». And that privacy aspect to it is just the perfect mix for me.

I hope you won’t mind if I share more about other topics. If it can make your life 1% better, I am all for it. I have been a long advocate of minimalism, sustainable consumption and mindfulness. But I kind of lacked a healthier digital life, so here it goes. This all makes me a better, kinder human being. If it can help someone else, I don’t see why I should refrain from sharing. Hope you will like it.

Last but not least, when you start a digital declutter, think about the things that will replace the time not spent on social networks. For me:

hand and goals