Jerry Ward

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since Sep 09, 2010
S.E. Michigan - Zone 6a
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I'm looking to put up a outbuilding next spring to be used as a workshop and a place to clean eggs and any product from the garden.  I have limited "build-able" land in that much of my property is in an area that could be considered a flood-plane, thus the reason for going up rather than just building a bigger 1 story structure.

I'm thinking a 24' x 40' structure with the walls 14' tall and a 10:12 pitch roof built with rafters (not trusses).  On the interior this would give me a 10' high first floor with a 2nd floor that starts out a 3' high at the edge and goes to 13' high at the peak (center) of the room.  Throw in a couple of dormers and that would be a nice size of usable space in the top of the building.  Additionally a 14' deep, shallow lean-to style roof along one of the 40'walls will provide space for wood piles and a tractor.  The 2nd floor could even be finished as living space down the road.

I have it built in my head and have consulted with a builder to know that it will work.  However I have to have a set of plans to turn into the department of making you sad to get a permit.  I have the drafting skills to draw it on paper, but I went to school just long enough ago to have missed out on CAD.  I've tried out Sketch-Up a couple of times and just haven't been able to get it to do what I want.  So if anyone out there knows Sketch-Up and wants to work with me on this, let me know.  Any plans created under some kind of collaboration will be made publicly available for free.  If I cannot find a fellow permie I will will try the local community college and see if a student needs a project.

I realize that calling this "Timber Framing" is a bit if a stretch, but this is the closest forum I could find.
I want to ask advice and provide updates on my pole barn build, but I'm not sure where to post it.  I don't think it would be considered "natural" so I'm not sure it fits in the building forum since they all appear to something other than standard building practices.  Maybe the homesteading forum?

What say you on where I should post?
I remember a sawbuck on my Grandfather's retirement farm.  This was close to 40 years ago so my memory is a bit faded.  What I remember was it was 3 X's with boards connecting them.  I think it was built out of what he called slab wood.  This was the first cuts off of a log from the local sawmill, one flat side and the other side was the outside of the log.  In other words whatever wood was the cheapest.

The other side of the family heated with wood and the wound fell the tree, limb it and then cut it to firewood length on the ground in the woods.  A whole tree would get cut about 3/4's of the way through (each cut) and the it was rolled and the cuts finished. Of course the guys in their late teen to 20's were the ones cutting on the ground so I'm sure that makes a difference as well as the trees all being well over a foot in diameter.
1 month ago
right now I'm on mobil (house is without power) and I do not see a "my stuff" link.

I found the desktop link at the bottom of the page and it does have the "my stuff " and there is everything I'm looking for.

Time to watch some Permies videos in the dark on my phone.
I've gotten a few rewards over the past few years from and am having trouble keeping track of them.

At one time I thought there was a place to go to that listed all the things I had access to, but I cannot find it.

Can someone help me?
Is there plans somewhere for your current hive?  I've been aware of your work for sometime now and it fits the style of beekeeping I would like to practice, leave the hive alone and harvest some honey once a year.

I however live too far north for the bees you are talking about.  Are there any changes recommended for the honey bees we have here in America?
3 months ago
I remember touring the Woodford Distillery many years ago and they had what they called "barrel runs" that are something like rail tracks and they could just start the barrels of whiskey rolling and they would go right on to the next place in the production sequence.  Of course the places that the barrels needed to go was a fixed, rarely changing path.  The rails were pitched slightly so gravity did the work.

9 months ago
What is the recommended path to heating a pole barn/workshop with some kind of rocket technology?  Intermittent use and not well insulated - just something to take the chill off.
10 months ago
It's looking like this might be the year I get my pole barn - something in the 30' x 40' range.  Since this has not been built yet I have the option to include something in the floor for heat and I'm wondering if anyone has run the output of a RMH under a concrete floor?  I don't need to heat this up to short-sleeve temps, just warm it up to make it comfortable to work.

I'm thinking something like digging a 16" deep trench through the middle of the floor and suspending an 8" diameter pipe in it and then pouring the concrete floor.  I would build the rocket stove part at one end and the exhaust would go out the other.  The stove barrel would provide quick heat and sending the exhaust through a tube in the floor would warm the floor up.

I'm sure it cannot be as simple as I'm describing, so I'm looking for someone that has done this already.

10 months ago
Well, I do have a Ford 2N tractor, it just doesn't run at the moment

Maybe I look around for a single bottom plow.
1 year ago