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My name is Chris and I'll be posting my Boot camp experience at Wheaton Labs here. I arrived here 2/3/19 and am new to permaculture. Looking forward to developing edifing skills in this awesome lifestyle!
 
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Here are some shots of my second day at Boot camp. I didn't know I would be making this thread so I'm just posting some of the few pics I took. I didn't expect to start acquiring round wood building experience this quickly, but we're already working on the couch patio at the shop.
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Third day of bootcamp
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Started the day off by getting the fisher price house cozy
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I was about to get my tractor training, but was unable to due to some technical difficulties. (Other boot on tractor)
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Back to the workshop for some more chainsaw action
 
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Thanks for 'taking us along', Chris!   Looking forward to your adventure : )
 
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Please read the instructions on any chain saw. That thing's not too far from your face and if it kicked up ...
Left arm should be straight and locked (for a right handed person)
Right hand very firm grip

This might require a different set up for what you're doing. Perhaps a vise mounted lower at about waste height. A full face shield isn't a bad idea.
 
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John Pollard wrote:Please read the instructions on any chain saw. That thing's not too far from your face and if it kicked up ...
Left arm should be straight and locked (for a right handed person)
Right hand very firm grip

This might require a different set up for what you're doing. Perhaps a vise mounted lower at about waste height. A full face shield isn't a bad idea.




Thanks for the advice John. I was trying to be careful with that awkward cut. And the Paul size vice mount didn't help much either. Haha
 
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Fourth day as a boot at Wheaton Labs!
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Today I started off by finishing the braces from the patio rails.
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Cut down my first tree using a slice cut method over by cooper cabin
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Looks like I got a lot of firewood to chop tomorrow
 
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nancy sutton wrote:Thanks for 'taking us along', Chris!   Looking forward to your adventure : )



My pleasure nancy. This experience is already better than I had imagined.
 
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John Pollard wrote:Please read the instructions on any chain saw. That thing's not too far from your face and if it kicked up ...
Left arm should be straight and locked (for a right handed person)
Right hand very firm grip

This might require a different set up for what you're doing. Perhaps a vise mounted lower at about waste height. A full face shield isn't a bad idea.



Indeed and for this kind of work you want a small chain saw with T-Handle including a carving bar, eye protection, noise protection as well as cut-resistant glows, clothing and so on. In addition you shouldn't use a petrol chainsaw inside, better an electric one.
 
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...eye protection...


I don't know about Chris' glasses, but my eye glass lenses are polycarbonate, which are quite good eye protection, even if not the wrap-around kind of safety glasses.

In addition you shouldn't.....


Ah, "shoulds" happened! I understand the desire to help and point out safety hazards, however, I think some photo angles really don't show the whole picture of what's going on and can make something look less safe than it is. (Or, admittedly, vice versa.)

Both Chris and Philip (Akhu) are super awesome so far and we'd reaaally like to be encouraging and supportive, while still having loads of good healthy learning and great conversations happening here.
 
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Maybe an 'I would advise that'  could replace the 'should'.... (I have to practice this kind of substitution myself :) .. along with a lot of 'I think's' ...
 
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The angle of pictures is sometimes a problem, this is why I didn't comment on the picture:

"Cut down my first tree using a slice cut method over by cooper cabin"

It looks like the cutting slice is not at the right point, in addition to be a bit to deep, as well as having cut the cut that finally brings down the tree somehow at first? Also it is pinewood, great to start a stove but not really wanted for heating purposes, unless you ar all the time near the stove or/and it is capable of a huhge load! Sure if pinewood is all you have, it is far better then freezing...
 
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As for language, I think it is always good to come from "my position is ..." or "if it were me, I would ..." or "when I do this, I ..."

As for safety, please note that these are electric chainsaws.   And my philosophy on safety is different from the norm - which is another way of saying that I think my philosophy is much safer.  For example, I am a powerful advocate of using the timber tool - I think that alone makes tripping trees about ten times safer.    
 
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Timber Tool ?   What is this ?

EDIT)    Found it.   Very cool tool!
 
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Mike, I don't think Chris made perfect cuts, and that's ok. That's part of learning.  During and after the cuts, we talked about how it could be better the next time. People join the bootcamp to learn by working,  not because we're world renowned experts on everything. Sometimes we're learning together.
 
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Bootcamp day 5
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Learned how to sharpen some tools.
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Made a stand to hold up my log
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Some more firewood chopping
 
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This is great to see some of what goes on during the winter.  Looks like you are learning a lot and having fun doing so. Thanks for sharing,love the pics.
 
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Today I had my first day off since I started working as a boot. Had my sabbath rest, spent some quality time with my wife and kids over the cyberspace and wandered around base camp for a while. Oh, and I got a little bit of nest labor in chopping some firewood for the morning.
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How old are your kids, Chris? (And you don't have to answer if you don't want to! I have a 2 year old and 5 year old.) I'm glad you got a chance to chat with them online today!!!
 
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Thanks for posting Christopher. It looks like you are in good hands there at the Labs. This is going to be a great learning experience for you. I got to say "brrr, it looks cold outside!"
I'm envious of the new path you are taking, lol. Good luck.
Brian
 
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Thanks for letting us 'be there' with you, Chris.  And I see you have stand to cut up wood.... I built one, also, a couple of years ago... had to 'google' for the instructions, and the name:  sawbuck : )
 
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Snowy and beautiful!  Glad to see that things are progressing even in the depths of winter.
 
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I fell asleep before I got to post last night, but Sunday I mostly worked on my first badge bit. I made a rough wooden spoon that looks barely usable, but hopefully it qualifies. Today, Monday, we worked on the post for the staircase rails, but Fred had to go get some bolts from the local hardware store. So in the latter part of the day we got to work in remaking the balcony supports. They worked, but Paul visioned His balcony with longer supports. And I’m kind of glad He did, because I didn’t quite understand how to create them the first time around. Overall It was an experience filled day today at the lab.
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Nicole Alderman wrote:How old are your kids, Chris? (And you don't have to answer if you don't want to! I have a 2 year old and 5 year old.) I'm glad you got a chance to chat with them online today!!!



Hi Nicole. I have a 2 year old, 3, 5, 13,14, and 16 year old. I have a whole tribe 🙂
 
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Brian Rodgers wrote:Thanks for posting Christopher. It looks like you are in good hands there at the Labs. This is going to be a great learning experience for you. I got to say "brrr, it looks cold outside!"
I'm envious of the new path you are taking, lol. Good luck.
Brian



Thanks Brian. It’s not to bad out here with the right gear. I’m from Southern California and I’m quite enjoying this weather.
 
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nancy sutton wrote:Thanks for letting us 'be there' with you, Chris.  And I see you have stand to cut up wood.... I built one, also, a couple of years ago... had to 'google' for the instructions, and the name:  sawbuck : )



“sawbuck”. Thanks Nancy, a word I will probably need in my vocabulary from here on out in my new permaculture lifestyle.
 
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Julia Winter wrote:Snowy and beautiful!  Glad to see that things are progressing even in the depths of winter.



Yeah, I realized I’ll never be bored in a permaculture lifestyle.
 
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Today we aligned the three post for the staircase in the shop, got the cuts on the rails, and finished up the new rail supports. Much faster this time around. Then on the latter part of the work day the new boot showed up and we gave Him a try with the chainsaw. Then afterwards we all had a good time hanging out while enjoying some yummy vegetarian Tacos for taco Tuesday!
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today the new boot got some chiseling experience in,We finished installing all the supports and we started a new project breaking up clay and making seed balls. Learning  new things everyday!
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The 2nd level, shop storage was to weak, so we stared off on our next task, which was to remake it. We began by removing the stuff stored up there. Then started taking out the insulation and dismantling the old frame. At last we got started on building the new and improved flooring.
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Stripped off the old material.
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Working hard to knock this task out.
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Putting on new material.
 
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The workshop is a mess right now, but the new upper storage reconstruction is progressing very well. 2 new boots showed up today so I’m excited to see how  far progresssed Wheaton labs will be within the next few weeks.
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Under construction
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One of the new boots is a crochet artisanant
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Freaky Friday
 
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What a fetching set of hats!
 
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Another beautiful day in Montana. Boot hangout night with Robby making some delicious cinnamon rolls.
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Awesome hats, they look reallly warm too!
 
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Steve Thorn wrote:Awesome hats, they look reallly warm too!



Not to mention those awesome looking cinnamon buns!  
 
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I had a pretty productive Sunday. I helped Robby clear out the drive way, then worked and completed a mallet for a badge bit, all while doing laundry in between.
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Today we were back in the shop working on the mezzanine. We relocated the shelf support lumber to the new frames and finished all the unique framing areas. Now we are ready to start the flooring tomorrow. Back at the fisher price house, Fred found a goldmine of ash hidden deep within the rocket mass heater.
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The flooring commenced today in the mezzanine/storage area. We had to make a lot of special measurements and cuts that took up lots of time,but at least we got Experience. Back at the house we had poker night on taco Tuesday. And enjoyed lots of huckleberry candy(thanks Jocelyn).
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