Rich Rayburn

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I'm a purist, from an aesthetical point of view I wouldn't consider a piece of property with a cell tower or any other type of utility infrastructure.
If I'm not mistaken most cell towers would have lighting on them, which would be at the very least annoying at night. Then of course as mentioned there is the right of way issue.
If possible I would suggest buying a piece of property where nothing of that sort can even be seen.
However that's just my opinion some people aren't bothered by that type of intrusion.
1 month ago

Mike Haasl wrote:I don't know if building it from round wood would be a major compromise?  I could see benefits from a couple of forked trees to make the legs...  But they don't have forked trees at Paul's place :(   And if it gets really heavy, it's hard for the boots to move it around.  And getting the moving pivot center to slide well would be more of a challenge with round wood. But it would be really cool looking.

If anyone's seen one of these in use, am I correct in that the wood shavings are removed from the workpiece when you do the downstroke on the foot pedal?  So the spring only needs to be strong enough to lift the pedal back up and counter rotate the workpiece?

It's important that the spring Pole when depressed has enough tension to maintain a tight grip on the work piece to avoid rope slippage,  and yes cutting of the work piece is only accomplished on the downstroke, as on the up stroke the workpiece rotates against the bottom of the tools edge. Sanding however can be accomplished in both up and down stroke.. therefore as much tension as can be attained is better.
1 month ago
Well, I've used both type of lathes
My original spring pole lathe was set up in my shop with an ironwood pole about 2 in in diameter attached to the ceiling with u-bolts.
The lathe itself was merely made out of two horizontal rough cut 2x4s with one stationary upright with a sharpened lag bolt screwed through it, and the other upright that could slide between the two horizontal 2x4s . Basically both uprights were dead centers. Bearings could be incorporated to reduce friction.
There was a hinge located in the shop floor attached to a 1x6 that was used for the pedal. A piece of cord was attached to the "spring pole" in the ceiling brought down wrapped around the workpiece with one turn and then clipped into the floor pedal with a snap link.. the whole unit was merely clamped into my woodworking bench vise.
The only problem with a treadle lathe is that because of the reciprocating motion you often times will not get a perfectly cylindrical piece.
The spring pole worked adequately but was rather slow and could not take a lot of pressure on the tool.
I then modernized, so to speak , and mounted various lathes, including a 36-in Craftsman on a table above a singer heavy duty sewing machine treadle mechanism,
I used leather v belts for drive, and now have a full rotational lathe and disc Sander mounted above the sewing machine treadle. This late also has metal turning capabilities.
From my experience the treadle powered lathe out competes the Spring Pole by a long shot. With the treadle you can get high speeds, similar to a electric powered lathe, and perfectly cylindrical objects, though with anything over 6 in in diameter you run into the leverage problem, trying to do anything over 6" can be rather difficult and slow.
I've made several small objects on the spring pole lathe, however since upgrading to the treadle lathe I have made dozens and dozens of objects, including plates, cups, goblets, candle holders, cookie jars and many other small parts to numerous to mention.
1 month ago
Well thanks to climate change or some such thing, it's maple syrup season in Minnesota a month early.
If any of you folks out there interested, I just thought I'd put this back up.
There's nothing quite like getting 10 gallons of maple sugar for just some exercise and a little firewood.
We started tapping January 31st, we normally start tapping around the end of February or beginning of March.
So far we've put up a couple of gallons of syrup, next we'll begin making sugar!!
2 months ago
Somehow when I gave a thumbs up to the reel push mower, I accidentally hit the thumbs down!
Sorry about that, I'm actually an avid fan of walk behind manual reel mowers and own probably half a dozen of them. For small areas of grass that need to be kept short, not exactly a lawn, push mowers can't be beat.
Besides,  not that long ago that was all there was for mowing your lawn, and somehow people struggled through it.🤔
Pretty much zero environmental impact and you get some exercise and fresh air at the same time.
👍👍👍 There, now you have my thumbs up for the manual reel mowers!
2 months ago
I know I've mentioned this before, apparently in another posting.
With all the talk of insurance going on, I don't see anyone concerned about the personal liability aspect of homeowners insurance.
You might be able to rebuild your home by saving the insurance premiums, though I think that's unlikely.
However if there was an accident on your property and someone was injured permanently.
The homeowner would be responsible for actual and possibly punitive damages.
I'm imagining that this type of scenario would not just wipe out your savings, but could also take your home too.
I don't know all the ins and outs but I would never consider risking everything I own, by being uninsured against at least personal liability.
Please correct me if I'm mistaken regarding this issue.
2 months ago
Allison,  are those Avens you're talking about those little yellow flowers?
And also how do you make that Avens tincture you mentioned.
Like you mentioned modern dentistry is probably mostly a byproduct of modern diet.
If we were eating more in sync with our genetic predisposition, tooth health may not be such an issue.
I find it  unlikely that all of our ancestors for the last 30,000 years all died of toothaches!
3 months ago
Many years ago we decided to switch from popular commercial brand toothpaste, filled with all sorts of undecipherable ingredients. We switched to natural toothpaste, of which there are many brands.
After using a particularly popular brand for decades, several things prompted us seeking an alternative.
The cost kept going up , the plastic tubes the paste came in were not practically recyclable, and I noticed some pain near the gum line on several teeth.
After checking the ingredients of this popular "natural" toothpaste,  I found that it contained among other things glycerin and xylitol. Both of these ingredients are sugars, and according to research glycerin is more sugary than sugar.
Grinding sugar into my teeth to help prevent cavities just didn't make sense!
Since baking soda was one of the ingredients in this toothpaste we decided to go with just a moistened toothbrush dipped in plain old baking soda.
We also checked several sources for a toothpaste alternatives and baking soda was one of them.
That was 6 months ago, most of the gum line pain in my teeth disappeared, we no longer despair of what to do with the plastic tubes, and the cost is next to nothing.
A win for teeth, less pain. A win for the environment, less trash.  And a win for the pocketbook, less expense!

3 months ago
Allison, your comment about not renting food storage from the electric company for the rest of your life, struck me like an epiphany! What up insightful thought, that most people probably never think about.
Our household has also moved away from canning and it's high-tech sealing methods and expense, both in materials and energy.
We currently dry, apples, green beans, green and hot peppers, sweet corn, tomatoes, herbs, and swiss chard.
Here's another method of storage that's probably very unusual that we just started doing the last few years.
We pull our cabbages from the garden just before Frost, then we bring them in and put them in the root cellar. However when put into The Root cellar we heal them in, or simply put, bury the roots.
The cabbages still think they're in the garden, and every couple of weeks I cut off a head for household use. The Roots stay in the ground and  begin sprouting small leaves again. The Root cellar is cold enough that the roots should survive the winter, and also vernalize (a period of sustained cold), which will prepare them for going to seed next summer, when replanted in the spring.
Fresh picked cabbage in January in Minnesota isn't the norm!
There are probably many preservation methods out there that haven't been revived or haven't been thought up yet, that require no outside intervention.
3 months ago