I missed most of the AT course, but I did get to interact with some of the participants. Good folks! And I got to observe some of their handiwork, the artifacts they left behind. Seems like Tim really inspired this crew to crank out cool constructions!
Solar ovens that boil water quick! I think Rob's was the quickest.
All kinds of rocket stoves! I really like this little cook stove that Mike built up by his campsite.
Got a toilet system started. Basically a wheelie bin humanure toilet with a few adaptations.
First, the bin lid is fully sealed between uses. Takes a bit more time to open and close the bin lid than just lifting the toilet lid, but I think the opportunity for unwanted odors and vermin is much smaller. Maybe I'll rig up an easier way in the future but for now it works.
Second, worms and soil microorganisms will be added to speed up the decomposition process, reduce the mass, and hopefully minimize storage.
Third, the wheelie bin docking station is partially earth-sheltered, which should keep it slightly warmer going into the fall and winter to help extend the decomposition season.
Still needs some privacy walls and a roof, but it's nice to have a closer place to go when nature calls.
a relevant quote "This wheelie bin system has one big difference to most wheelie bin systems: no chute between the seat and the bin. That means the lip of the bin is hard up under the seat. And this, in turn, means no cleaning a splattered toilet chute for us!"
DUde those fences are sweet gates are amazing you guys are always up too some cool stuff. I can wait to afford to visit again.
My Signature for the last few years was "just spinning wheels," but after our PDC at Pauls Place this summer I feel like we are finally catching traction. Hope to be threading some more. got a roof on our house, swales dug, and finally starting to work on our plan in more details.
Then there is the two free hand version:
Drive a large spike through a scrap piece of board to serve as a stand.
Cut the sharp point off.
Use a file or hack saw to cut an X in the end of the nail. this will make 4 sharp corners that will cut into the bottom of the cherry and then hold the seed as it pushes through
Hold the stem of the cherry if it has one with one hand and the sides of the cherry with the other.
push the bottom of the cherry down on the nail while pulling up gently on the stem.
Pie cherries slip the pit easily but sweet cherries are sometimes more resistant.
For rapid production put the pitter on a plate, a bowl for the pits on the left, the unpitted cherries behind the plate and the bowel for the pitted cherries on the right.
I remember the nail we used formed a black oxide from the juice so that it did not rust.