Ryan Hobbs

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I know what the stuff is but not the terminology. The top pic is for winding yarn. The wheels are for spinning yarn or thread. The loom is nice. There is a more complex one in my basement. If you get some more pics of the loom and how it functions, I can probably figure out exactly what kind it is.
4 months ago
I'm sorry but I can't stop laughing at the thought of a roasting chicken popping from the corn... like the guy that had it in his will that his pocket be filled with popcorn for his cremation...
4 months ago
Meet Waya, He looks out over his rice paddy, thick with late season clover. His water comes from a well. His food needs are all met by his own labor. He gets his power from micro-hydro and solar panels. His timber frame house with straw bale infill is heated with just the wood burning cookstove. Waya sells his excess produce to upscale Asian markets in Columbus and accrues money, but has little need to spend it. As the crops are all in, the weather cold and damp, he walks down to the smithy and forges horse head bottle openers to pass the time. Too cold to throw pottery he sells at craft faires, and too tired of making bottle openers for the hardware store, Waya calls his travel agent. Kyoto in the fall is always a nice place for change of view.
I've wanted to be a farmer ever since my parental unit asked if I wanted to be one when they were trying to improve my grades. Not one to be threatened by a briar patch when one is a rabbit, I decided then and there in the 3rd grade that I'd be a farmer. Homeschool group trips to Amish country, pick your own orchards, the pumpkin farm, and a living historical farm where everything as done as if it was the 1840s only cemented my resolve. Along about 11th grade, I started school at Eastland Career ctr in Groveport OH, and was in the Horticulture course for 2 years. I remember being on my way to compete in the Cents show's plant and disease identification contest and I was reading the Old Farmer's Almanac and there was an article on the harm of GMO crops to farmers, and I decided then that I'd never grow them. I placed tied with 75 others for 3rd place. After the contest, we went to the trade show and ran into a seed company that turned out to be a subsidiary of Monsanto, debated them publicly, and left them with a bunch of angry farmers to deal with. I was 17 at the time. When I was 18, I moved in with my Grandma in NC, and there had a garden of modest size. I remember not having enough dirt to make a level raised bed (it was like in the square foot garden system), so I filled the bottom 4 inches with pine branches and bark, then soil on top. I later found out it was called hugelkultur, but at the time it was solely to take up space, not the sort of well-reasoned thing that Hugelkultur is. It was the only box that did good out of the 6 beds. It got me thinking. I'm not quite sure how I arrived at it, but I became rather obsessed with Terra Preta, the Black Earths of the Amazon. The more I researched, the more interesting it became. I began a series of experiments. Then About 6 years ago, I came back to Ohio. Around that time I found this forum, read One Straw Revolution, watched videos of Holzer and Lawton, and have been experimenting with it ever since.
4 months ago
Thank you for the tip. I may at some point replace the cloth with a bit of window screen if I run into problems.
4 months ago
This is my new worm farm. The plastic tub has holes drilled top and bottom for ventilation, and the bottom ones are covered with landscape cloth to keep the worms from escaping. The substrate is compost from my garden. I keep an extra bucket of it nearby for covering kitchen waste so it wont smell bad or attract flies. The pile wasn't quite done, but I don't imagine the worms will mind.

4 months ago

Peter VanDerWal wrote:

I guess I have a different philosophy, I like to figure out if an idea is feasible and cost effective before I waste a lot of time trying to come up with designs.
For some people these considerations are irrelevant.  That's cool too, not everything has to be practical and/or affordable.

Candles and lanterns are more practical than electric lights all inputs considered, doesn't make much difference to most people. I figure that while there is a huge time investment involved, it will not be a waste as long as it is something I can be proud of when it is done. I get horribly anxious when I don't have something to do with my hands or my mind, so I stack my days with various projects. Right now I've got a floor loom, regular bread baking, a coffee table, sorting and re-sorting seeds, working in the yard, pottery, and a wooden rice-planting machine, etc all going on just to keep me occupied. When it gets too cold for pottery, I switch to blacksmithing.
5 months ago
I currently live about 5 miles from a water wheel powered mill, and the thing is hella cool. You only live once, may as well do what you want to. Naturally, the crops and earthworks come first, but after that, why not build a water power system? I almost died a few months ago, and am determined to live to the fullest now.
5 months ago

Peter VanDerWal wrote:Have you done the calculations to determine how much water you need to store in your "Water Battery" to equal say 1kwh? 

Since you mentioned a tower, I'm assuming you haven't done the calculations.

just some rough calculations, but if your lake is 50 feet above the turbine, you'd need about 12,000 gallons of water to generate about 1kwh worth of mechanical energy.  If your lake is only 20 feet above the turbine, you'd need about 30,000 gallons, if it's 100 feet above the turbine, you'd only need about 6,000 gallons.  You'd have to put about 2kwh worth of work into raising the water up to the lake, perhaps more, it depends on pipe length, pump efficiency, etc.

FWIW 1 Golf Cart battery stores 1.2-1.5 kwh worth of energy, depending on how fast you take it out, and a GC battery is portable.

Just something to consider.

Don't need to know the kwh. I'm using it only for mechanical energy and only sporadically. Even a small ram pump or noria pumping at 60% efficiency will accumulate thousands of gallons of water in a relatively short time, and probably an over abundance considering the fact that they pump constantly and I'd only use a mill or wood chipper or other machine once in a long while, not every day. I can't do specific calculations at the moment, but that is because the variables have not been established by owning land and a creek that I can measure. Rest assured that I will calculate everything precisely before turning even one spadeful of dirt on this project.

5 months ago
part 2

Noria 1

Noria 2

Noria 3
5 months ago