Beau Davidson

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Recent posts by Beau Davidson

I just installed a wavy fence a la Mike Haasl ( and I'd be keen to let some climbing squash habitate its curvaceous verticality.
Lots to update here.  

I acquired a bunch of structural insulated panel remnants from a nearby manufacturer.  The roof is up!  And tied in with the original roof!  And triple-waterproofed!  Amazing.  Feels good.

Did a lot of work during a very long cold spell, including taking a breather from the building to install a new wood stove (thanks Eric Von Raderson!).  Surrounded it in a protective shroud/thermal mass.  Kept us toasty in relentless cold!  I may replace this with a RMH in the new space, but I needed something quick and this fit the bill.

Now I'm working on finishing the stem wall so I can start putting up SIP walls and framing windows and the French doors.  Still debating final layout and plumbing details.  Thinking of incorporating vermicomposting system for gray and black water.  We shall see.

Images are in reverse chronological order, so scroll up from the end of post to see how the layers went on.  Captain Permie, feel free to change the order.  Rural internet prevents me from being too nitpicky.
4 weeks ago
Little update here. Although it's still a work in progress, we have had a ton of use out of the cellar. Way more than I expected when we began the project. We have downsized to a small refrigerator in our tiny home, and are using this for all of our middle to long-term cold storage needs. After I rebuilt the partition wall, the upper interior stays at around 50, while the lower interior hovers around 35. Granted those temps vary a little according to temperature stratification, and how high on the shelves things are stored. Partition wall built with site-harvested wood scraps, remnants of greenhouse insulated plastic and upcycled vinyl cooler strips. All in all, I am so impressed and thrilled!  We have yet to  have the occasion to use it as a storm shelter, but with a little cot and some board games down there, I think it should be fun for the whole family.
4 weeks ago

Terry Austin wrote:Sorry if this has been covered previously.
In hugekultur does the wood/logs need to be whole or can they be wood chips?
The reason I as is several companies in the area offer to give wood chips free a d will deliver them free if they Re in the srea.
Any ideas and feedback appreciated.

Per Paul's talks, wood chips are not to be used in hugelkultur beds. The primary reasons, if I recall, are as follows:
-Increased wood surface area results in increased available carbon, which binds nitrogen and hinders growies.
-Beds don't last nearly as long as whole logs.
-Whole logs provide lasting structure and diversity.
-By importing wood matter from unknown origin via commercial sources, you may unwittingly introduce persistent herbicides to your system.
3 months ago
Ijust extended our underground well line 100 feet to place a new yard hydrant at our orchard. Will that satisfy this bb for cold? The langauge dies not specify interior plumbing, but I wanted to check first.
4 months ago
Adding measurement image to meet bb requirements.
5 months ago

Eric VonRaderson wrote:

Beau Davidson wrote:Learned to weld and torch today - super fun!

Yah but how long did it take you to make the stump that it sits on? Eric wants to know so I can estimate how long it will take to make a stump for an anvil.

The tree probably grew for the better part of a century. Then I yanked it from the shop and bolted it down.

But anvil stumps - now they're a whole other story.
5 months ago
Simple sourdough bread in the rocket oven.

3 tbs sourdough starter
4 c flour
2-3 c water
pinch salt
let rise for 2-24 hours