Welcome to our site. Here, among other things, we’ll be discussing natural building and the creation of Balsamwood, permaculture, arts & crafts, culinary and other adventures on the Picanoc River, on Quebec’s side of the Ottawa Valley. We know it as L’Outaouais.  

The Artist and the Carpenter

Follow Craig ( the caprenter) and Carrie (the artist) and the pursuit of their wacky dream to create a simple life in the woods. Doing what they enjoy most, being creative, industrious, ingenious, adventurous, the couple hone their skills and wrangle the help of friends and neighbours to create an oasis of peace and tranquility amidst the balsams, pines, blackflies and mosquitoes. And have a lot of fun doing it. 


Living by Moonlyte is intended to provide insight to one couple’s quest for an off-grid lifestyle. Where the magnetic pull of the moon and the changing of seasons set the pace for the daily challenges and rewards encountered as they strive to live in harmony with the natural world. 



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