Kai Duby wrote:I've been up in the hills so long sitting under trees watching birds that, for awhile, computers ceased to exist. Alas, I've been doing a little more than watching birds (even though some days recently there have been so many birds in the trees it has been hard to get anything done) and many people have tried to goad me into posting. So here it is, the beginning of a thread!
I've been here at The Lab for nearly a year and a half now so catching up in a single post (or a single page) is unlikely. Instead I would like to sprinkle in posts on various projects I've completed alongside present activities.
I landed here at Wheaton Labs after a short stint in a big institutional learning facility (university) where I couldn't take the rigorous sitting around. I wanted, more than anything, to do things. Thus, I ended up in Montana doing countless things that I really didn't think I was capable of. The infinitely generous Evan granted me a spot to build a structure on his ant plot even though he had no idea who I was. So I am certainly grateful for that initial offering, which gave me the ability to create structures, gardens and continue on with crazy ideas.
Some things I've done
- Junk pole... so much junk pole. Ava (1.5acres) is nearly completely hand fenced with hand made gates. I'd say a conservative estimate would be 2,000 small trees cut, limbed and hauled.
- Tons of garden beds, terraces, hugels, ponds
- Built a lumber shed
- Helped build an outdoor kitchen
- Helped build a duck palanquin
- Built a cob house that I'm currently living in
- Made stools, benches, mallets, shakes, hammers, tool handles, roundwood shelves, dimensional shelves, latches, ladders, lofts
- Grew/growing potatoes, rye, mustard, kale, turnips, carrots, apples, apricots, plums, black locust, parsley, peas, fava beans, lentils
- Chopped, sawn, screwed, nailed, doweled, peeled, hewn, drilled, stomped, sown, chitted, harvested, winnowed, threshed, mixed, shattered, snapped, cussed, laughed etc
The list seems small now that I write it all out especially when compared with all the things I'd like to do.
It's good to hear from you! You're froe has been coming in handy lately. I've been splitting more shakes and I used it to quarter junk pole for chair rails, which was way easier to draw knife than a full, knotty pole. Looking forward to your return!
Glad to hear from you as well! It's been quite awhile. Hope you're doing well. Here's a birdhouse I gouged out of a log.
Kai Duby wrote: But the nuthatches that have taken up residence in the bird house near my door are always starting up a cacophony of "mur-mur-mur"s that wake me to the strange but pleasant dichotomy of forest and town.
lorance romero wrote:Kai, your writing, in a word is magnificent. ...
Please, for the sake of humanity, drop whatever you are doing and become a writer full time. You have a gift that MUST be shared. ...
Please, for the sake of humanity, drop whatever you are doing and become a writer full time. You have a gift that MUST be shared.