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Dustin Everett

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Interesting article from the Telegraph on the carbon produced by a Google search (
Estimates vary from 0.2 grams to 10 grams per search.

At 3.5 billion searches per day ( thats between 700000000 grams (700 metric tons) and 35000000000 grams (35000 metric tons) of carbon per day. Just for Google. Holy smokes!
3 months ago
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I agree with Ian, your videos are the only way I can get a handle on the big (and small) developments in the forums! I have to give you a very big thank you for that.

If you want to increase your viewership, you might consider doing an occasional video that delves into one particular topic. I feel like a video primer / overview / forum topic summary on one subject might have greater appeal on youtube outside of the already established permies family.

I dont know if you've ever checked out Vsauce's channel on YouTube (if you / anyone hasn't, you / they definitely should) but for whatever reason I feel like you could be the permaculture version of Michael.

Hey Bill,

Thank you for your reply. Truth be told you made me sincerely re-evaluate my ideas / thoughts / plans. Two or so years ago I approached a couple of natural building / timber framing companies about working for them, but didn't have much luck. I suppose after that experience I resigned myself to the idea that I would need formal training before I started working in earnest. It seems that assumption remained unchallenged until I read your post. Thank you!

I've begun dreaming about setting up on a nice treed piece of land, with a chainsaw, some hand tools, and my stack of woodworking and timberframing books, and spending a month or two working with green wood. In my fantasy I gain a solid understanding of the fundamentals, build a little roundwood hut with wattle and daub walls and a thatch roof. Afterwards I go around to those cool people I'd want to work for, proudly showing pictures of my structure, and they say "Hey! Welcome aboard! You're hired!"

In my mind for the price of the courses I'm considering (~$5k Canadian) I could get a nice set of tools, a good amount of wood from the mill and could be making sheds / outhouses / gazebos to sell (and rent some nice land and maybe pay some groceries!)

Bill, is that Richmond, OR? Northeast of Bend? Not sure where in the US we'll be heading in spring yet, but there's a good chance we'll see some time on the west coast.

Judith! You rock! Those threads were super helpful, especially the first thread from Paula Berry, her goals, values and perspectives are almost exactly aligned with my own. Thanks a bunch

I'm living south of Ottawa in Ontario, Canada with my partner at the moment, but will be crossing the invisible line to the states come spring as her visitor's permit will be expiring in April (she's an Oregonian).

Hello Terry and thank you for the information! Having to worry about incorporating or insurance policies is quite a bit beyond the stage I'm currently at. I was hoping to hear suggestions and advice about timber framing schools or courses, or some self-led projects / books I could complete / read on my own in order to learn how more about joinery.

That said, I will be copy-pasting your reply to a word doc to keep for future reference

Hello fellow permies!

I’m a longtime lurker here, 27 years old, very keen on pursuing a career in building low-impact, sustainable, well-designed structures (homes, barns, workshops) using available local materials, and hand tools whenever possible, while incorporating different building modalities as appropriate (timber frame, cob, strawbale, rammed earth to name a few). I know, quite a mouthful!

Currently, I’m trying to wrap my head around the best way to get where I want to be (owner of a design/build company doing the above-mentioned things) from where I am now (somewhere around square 1… maybe square 2).

I love working with my hands, building small projects out of wood, and dreaming up designs and ideas. I am a fairly quick learner, well-coordinated, and can handle hand and power tools confidently. I have some experience helping out with house renovations, I’ve built simple things like small outhouses, a chicken coop and a couple of windows out of scrap materials. I’ve taken a natural building course at Aprovecho in Cottage Grove, Oregon. That said I have fairly little formal experience in carpentry, and almost zero in joinery. Therein lies the rub.

As of now I figure the most valuable skill to learn is timber-framing. It’s a much better building modality compared to stick framing IMHO, as when designing and sourcing materials for a timber frame structure, there is a lot more consideration and mindfulness required. Implemented alongside some other techniques, such as strawbale infill, earthen plasters, wood shingles/shakes, it can produce beautiful, functional, natural structures that can last generations. I feel it is also mainstream enough that finding work would be a little easier – compared with log builders, or structural strawbale builders for example.

My next potential steps at this point are:
- contact multiple timber framing and natural building companies, asking if they could use someone like myself
- take a couple months of courses at a school such as Heartwood School in Becket, Massachusetts this summer ( I applied to their Apprenticeship program but didn’t make it in )
- make something using joinery (a shavehorse perhaps?)

So, I would humbly ask my fellow permies with experience in this area for your thoughts on where/how to pursue this path, and I thank you all for reading this far!

All the best!

Hello all!

I'm a long time lurker here, feels funny to be posting after all this time!

I recently came upon a freshly dead roadkill hawk with a broken neck. No rigor mortis, no bugs, clear eyes, temperature outside was just above freezing. I scooped up the bird and brought him/her home. Having no experience plucking a bird, I put it in the freezer 2 days ago in order to figure out how to proceed.

All of the articles I've read talk about plucking and butchering while the carcass is still fresh. Will I be running into issues trying to pluck butcher and cook this animal? Any thoughts? Has anyone tried hawk?

P.S. I am aware that posession of a dead predatory bird can be illegal in certain areas.
6 years ago