Having once done laundry in a bathtub and not enjoying it, I was eager to try out the manual clothes washer at Wheaton Labs. The roller wringer greatly improves the experience, even if it's a bit tricky to get some waist bands through.
This live tree was cut down to be part of the root cellar being built at the 2023 PTJ.
There were two trees growing close together. The one chosen to be felled was the one more crooked and leaning. As this was my first time cutting down a tree larger than 6", it was helpful that it was already leaning towards a clearing.
I peeled two trees for the root cellar being built at the 2023 PTJ. At this time of year (July) the bark comes off quite easily and I challenged myself to take the bark off in one piece. The trickier part was getting them off the ground.
Hi, I have a second ticket for the Permaculture Technology Jamboree from the 2-for-1 deal. Moosage me if you want to make a trade for it. I am also interested in carpooling to the event from Alberta, Canada, as either a driver or passenger.
I wanted a bed frame tall enough for a lot of storage underneath, and to practice woodworking. Luckily this project should also qualify for a BB. Since I wasn’t sure how good the screws would hold, especially without glue, I notched the wood to be partially self-supporting. I’m glad I did this as some of the boards were twisted and there are large gaps at some joints. Tools used were circular, chop, band and hand saws, power drill, and sandpaper.
This exercise taught me to appreciate pants designed for alteration, because this pair was not. Fortunately, the belt loop covers most of my wobbly hand stitching after which I could use the sewing machine. About an inch and a half was removed from the rear waist seam to get the waist height where I wanted.
When I first saw this shared on another site a few days ago, I was tempted to try it right away, but I should probably stay focused on my current projects. Can't get distracted by the shiny! Glad to see someone else experimenting.
An idea that came to mind is: if you are going to use vacuum equipment anyway, could you vacuum the bleaching solution deeper into thicker wood, getting decent light transmission with greater strength and thermal resistance?
I found out on Primitive Ways that maple can be twined, so I thought I'd try it using the unwanted trees growing near fences and buildings in my yard. The plant identifier app I've been using (Picture This) identified them as Box Elder, a member of the maple family. Even though I cut them in December instead of spring, I was able to spin something. Got quite loose as it dried though. This video was my reference for the process.
The '$100 gapper fee waived' is one of my rewards from the greenhouse kickstarter. Does that mean I can go on the boot camp waiting list without paying more? I might want to go next summer if the border reopens.
I'm glad I watched a video because the way I mended socks before was bulky. The stone pestle from the kitchen made a great darning mushroom! The yarn I had was thicker than the sock, so I unwound it into two thinner strings.
Here's pics from me using water from doing dishes and rinsing vegetables to water plants in the yard. The jug holds about 2 gallons, and I've used it more than once. It's a cat litter jug that's been repurposed as a watering can.
I want to smother the grass on this strip of earth behind the house so it doesn't have to be mowed to comply with bylaws. I mulched it with a mixture of grass, leaves and small tree branches that I hand-pulled or cut with large scissors elsewhere around the house. For longer term coverage and fertilizer, I transplanted some comfrey from the other fence line. The house on that side is being demolished and it needs re-grading so I may have saved the comfrey plant!
The space covered is 3.5 ft by 16 feet (56 square feet).