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Since the dawn of time, humans have been forced to be innovative to overcome their problems: For cavemen looking to chase down agile prey, lighter wood was used to make spears move more quickly through the air. For Henry Ford looking to chase down more profit by producing more automobiles, he referenced his own ingenuity, and unveiled the assembly line.

These, and millions of other events, gave birth to the phrase "necessity breeds creation." (You may have heard it a few times, though the caveman version was probably just a series of grunts).

And today's world is no exception. (What does this have to do with log homes??)


When Steve Rundquist needed a power source to build in a remote location, he built a solar powered generator that he could tote along with him - to power his tools as he built the home.

Very green, but not on purpose:

"Rundquist is among a group of custom builders whose sustainable practices align nicely with the kind of green ideas so trendy right now. But, like others in his field, Rundquist isn’t doing it because it’s trendy. Note that in conversation, at least, the generator’s selling points are secondary to its utilitarianism. To builders like Rundquist, sustainability is the right thing, the only thing, to do." (From

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Comment by Tom Heatherington on August 14, 2008 at 6:18pm
Right on the money! Talk about an ingenious solution, a solar-powered generator with an auxiliary wind turbine for about $5k... How cool is that?

It is thinking such as this that will get some of us through this present fossil fuel crisis, and spark the next big thing that will solve the problem for the rest of us. Great article, thanks for passing this along. ~ Tom

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