ari gold

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Recent posts by ari gold

Wow, y'all are fantastic. Thanksthanksthanks!

I wasn't sure how detailed to get but now I'll try to be thorough

We live on 1/3 acre in Eugene, OR so not too much land but the whole "rainforest" bit makes up for it -- we have quite a bit of wood growing. I've been using it for firewood & making small-diameter hugel beds and even froeing some so have "boards" but realized that I could help the soil quite a bit with some chips.

Then one day I realized that I could hopefully use a chipper for leaves and straw.

At first I thought a battery-powered machine wouldn't be strong enough but then we got a used Nissan Leaf (ferocious value btw ) and I was hoping that someone made a real heavy duty electric chipper. Sadly, I think most (all?) battery-powered chippers are low-power chippers.

Still, I was thinking that I'd get an electric chipper because it would do the leaves and straw and small wood and I assume that those make up most of what I'd do. 'was also thinking that I could rent a big chipper if & when I needed one.

Then, since I posted this, a friend put his 8hp Troy Bilt wood chipper with Briggs Stratton motor for $325. Which has gotten me thinking. My gut's telling me that we don't have a ton of room and that I can still rent a biggie so right this sec I'm still thinking about an electric.

Clearly I'll report back as events unfold.

Thanks again!
2 months ago
I'm researching which wood chipper to get and while I'm leaning towards an electric one, I figured I'd better check with some grown ups first
2 months ago
I use wood ash to cover anything stinky: sometimes our own kitchen buckets that have sit for a while or sometimes the bucket I (used to) get from the local bakery.

It pretty much kills the smell on contact
1 year ago
A few years back I did the full research cycle on steel toed slip on boots and while I don't remember my reasoning, I wound up getting the Georgia Giant High Romeo and I don't think I could be much happier.

I forget what I paid for 'em at Coastal Farm & Ranch.. they have a model GR274 listed for like $70 which look the same.

Slip on work boots are aaaaawesome! Good on ya!


PS. I'm thinking I was looking for the best sourcing I could -- materials and crafting -- and probably gave up as they're mostly mass produced now-a-days. Hmm.
2 years ago
Wow, thanks Ian!

Ultimately it's about doing what helps the scythe deposit the cut grass in a windrow to your left and setting yourself up to mow with the least amount of effort.

That's a fantastic way to put it.

Indeed, horizontally to the right ain't great but what with our 1/3 of an acre on a pretty darn hilly spot (southern Willamette valley, Cascadian foothills), it's sometimes useful. Still, I'ma keep that whole windrow bit in mind. I wonder if I can't make things even easier..

Glad I gumptioned up and asked


2 years ago
Hello hello, fantastic people!

Today's dailyish email got me thinkin': what are y'alls tips for scything on a hill?

Most videos and demonstrations are on perfectly flat land, but quite a bit of my scythin' is pretty darn hilly.

After 6 or so years I'm getting the hang of it but I thought I'd check in.. 'curious about other techniques.

I suppose hill scything becomes <i>even more</i> of a full body exercise. I switch between walking directly uphill and walking in either direction across the hill, which implies either scything uphill or downhill. I rarely walk straight downhill. Since the hills all have different slopes, it's really all about paying attention to the body.

I'm kinda guessing here, but I was thinking that maaaaybe a short blade could help. Do y'all use different blades for different landscapes? I'm aware of brush blade, but maybe a shorter blade could be useful for hills?

Well, y'all are the tops! Enjoy the winter

2 years ago