Take a look at pine resin epoxy if you wish to use an organic glue. It's a combination of pine sap that's slow boiled and then mixed with powdered charcoal. It will be brittle if you use too much charcoal, and weak if you use too little, but there is a sweet spot. It was used by the native Americans. I've played with it some and can confirm that the right mixture is indeed strong. Best thing about it is that you can get all ingredients in virtually any forest.
The glue is black in color. One would have to be careful in its application if the piece were to be of show quality.
How very cool all of this is. I have a few prices, some from yard sales and some from the Amish here who have a big annual auction. There is also a fellow who lives up in the Task, northwest of Libby, who does lovely furniture. My girlfriend has many pieces and he has built very sturdy wood racks for us.
Each generation has its own rendezvous with the land... by choice or by default we will carve out a land legacy for our heirs. (Stewart Udall)
I love all the awesome roundwood work! In my wanderings through the internet, I ran across this roundwood orchard ladder. I like the idea of being able to make a ladder just from sticks harvested from the woods!
Working on a log coffee table. Maple and oak. Will be doing the top with slab (s) of oak milled from our logs. All the materials are from our site. I am using the Lumberjack tools for this, but it can be done with a drawknife to shape the tenons and a brace and bit for the mortices and a saw.
Now this is a piece of roundwood log furniture! Presenting the roundwood log picnic table 3.0, just finished this summer at Wheaton Labs as part of the PTJ event. The instructor, Alister, talks about how the table was made without metal fasteners, but using lap joints and saddle joints.
As I'm just getting started with my off grid place which I intend to eventually have turned into a simi self sufficient homestead one of the first things I've done is to have a clearing created to construct my buildings on and I am using the natural materials along with some reclaimed things like pallets and wood from an old chicken coop to make a few things I know I'll need. I had to have a bulldozer come create the clearing so I could drag a couple of old campers in for storage and housing as we wanted to immediately stay here and eliminate all our city bills as well as free myself from the hassle of working a job to pay those bills. I'm not sure how long it will take for me to get things in order and began my cabin which I expect to take quite a while just to gather enough logs and get them prepped for the construction but I wanted to get started right away and not be worried about shelter. The thing that I'm most concerned about is wither or not I will be able to source enough of the timber from my land as most of the trees here are crooked oak and young pine with a few cedar, juniper, and elm in the mix.