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Building a Smokehouse in Victoria, Australia

Sep 14, 2012

by Stephanie Madewell

On his blog, Whole Larder Love, Rohan Anderson documents his passion for “cooking with food…grown, gathered, hunted, fished, or sourced locally.” Recently, he built himself a smokehouse from scratch, using an invasive species of pine and wood and iron recycled from torn down houses as materials. His painstaking building process and mindful philosophy towards eating are both beautifully captured in this video from Smith Journal.

(And if meat gets your taste buds talking, be sure to check out our barbecue sauce video.)


  • MegansMenagerie

    Megan from MegansMenagerie said 7 years ago

    That is so amazing! I try and provide as many healthy meals as I can for my family. Some days we do great and sometimes not so much but we try! When you eat better you feel better. This video is so inspiring!

  • furniply

    Ingus Jākobsons from Furniply said 7 years ago

    I like with what love it was built!

  • TreadleLady

    Donna Kohler from TreadleLady said 7 years ago

    Smoked food is amazing. The best pork chops I ever had were smoked German from Kassler. The smoked eel in Holland smelled so wonderful but it took me three years to finally get the nerve to eat some and it was amazing. I know some people don't like to see trees cut but in the scheme of this earth smaller trees like those used to build this log smoke house are like moving a lawn, they continue to grow back.

  • SimpleJoysPaperie

    Lana Manis from SimpleJoysPaperie said 7 years ago

    Fascinating video story!

  • ginasart8

    Gina Hammond from McGillhandmade said 7 years ago

    In 1785 in Tennessee log houses and smoke houses were built out of necessity. I used to be a guide at a historic house and was so at peace each day I worked there. Everything was grown naturally and the buildings were in harmony with the land. I love what I do now ....I need a log cabin and a smokehouse! gh

  • VintageEye

    VintageEye from VintageEye said 7 years ago

    I tried to build a chair did not go well. Bravo to you Mr.Anderson! :)

  • AntiquesAsh

    Ashley from AntiquesAsh said 7 years ago

    I love Victoria! It is such a beautiful place filled with creativity.

  • dawnandross

    Cody and April Peavy from dawnandross said 7 years ago

    we watched this video yesterday on vimeo...loved it! what a wonderful way to live your life :-)

  • JewelMeShop

    Georgia from JewelMeShop said 7 years ago

    Rohan I admire you! Thanks for sharing the video!

  • LivingVintage

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  • OuterKnits

    OuterKnits from OuterKnits said 7 years ago

    Wonderful look at the process!

  • TheBeautyofBoredom

    Gracie from TheBeautyofBoredom said 7 years ago

    Cool! Thanks for sharing.

  • kellydesigns

    Kelly Hendershot from kellydesigns said 7 years ago

    Thank you for sharing this!

  • thevicagirl

    VaLon Frandsen from thevicagirl said 7 years ago

    Oh my gosh, he cut the trees down himself. I love it! Not a lot of people do that. When you think of building something yourself it is normally going into the store and buying your supplies to build. But no, he cut the tree down. If only more of us could work this way.

  • BambuEarth

    Amber from BambuEarth said 7 years ago

    ♥ this story. i believe there is a sense of purpose in spending a work day creating or harvesting something that directly benefits our own family. it's much more than spending 8 hours doing something that seems to have little purpose in order to get a paycheck to support our family. both accomplish a similar goal, but there is something inside of each of us that we are innately drawn by the idea of purpose driven work.

  • BambuEarth

    Amber from BambuEarth said 7 years ago

    ♥ this article. we are all (in some way) searching for purpose in what we do, more than just bringing home a paycheck. we want to find fulfillment in what we spend most of our waking hours doing whether that fulfillment comes through relationship or meeting a need. i believe there is fulfillment in using your hands to create or harvest something that directly benefits another, whether it's family, friends or community.

  • DewyMorningVintage

    DewyMorningVintage from DewyMorningVintage said 7 years ago

    Very cool smoke house made complete with the faux taxidermy deer head! Love it! You have a great philosophy for food and life! I love smoked meat especially smoked salmon! yummmm! Thank you for sharing your building experience with us!

  • ColorfulPixelsByLife

    Demet Gunuc from ColorfulPixelsByLife said 7 years ago

    very talented..

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