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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEA curriculum. Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in Roundwood Working.

Working in an apartment often means getting by with tools that aren’t entirely perfect for the job. So often tasks that apply to permaculture on large tracts of land mean large tools. Thankfully fermentation is not one of those tasks. A simple sauerkraut stomper will be a tool that works just as well on a farm as in an apartment. Carve one from a single piece of wood to fit in a wide-mouth jar so you can easily make sauerkraut or similar fermented foods more readily. If you happen to have a pole lathe, you may use that, but remember that this should be made without power tools.

To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are:
Carve a sauerkraut stomper from a single piece of wood.
Make sure the head is suited to a wide-mouth jar.
Ensure the handle length is long enough so that you can easily hold it and withdraw it even when it is fully within the jar.
Should be carved with manual hand tools.




To document and become certified for this BB provide photos or video (less than 2 minutes) showing the following:
- Show the original piece of wood and the tools you will be using
- Show the tool after it is partially finished, at around the halfway point
- Show the finished stomper in a jar or in use making sauerkraut
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1) Headed to the woods to look for a suitable branch. It needed to be the right thickness, reasonably straight, seasoned but not rotten and still strong. I found several candidates but they easily snapped or had fungi growing on them on closer inspection. Eventually I found a long tulip tree branch and cut a section for making a sauerkraut stomper.





2) Strip all the bark and smooth of the knots with hand axe



3) Remove the first layer of wood and round off the ends with with a whittling knife.



4) Remove the bulk of the wood for the handle with hand axe



5) Finish with whittling knife, then 80, 120, 240, 320 sandpaper.



6) Stomper finished in a 1 quart jar



I will treat it with walnut oil and then make some sauerkraut.
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To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are:
Carve a sauerkraut stomper from a single piece of wood.
Make sure the head is suited to a wide-mouth jar.
Ensure the handle length is long enough so that you can easily hold it and withdraw it even when it is fully within the jar.
Should be carved with manual hand tools.

To document and become certified for this BB provide photos or video (less than 2 minutes) showing the following:
- Show the original piece of wood and the tools you will be using
- Show the tool after it is partially finished, at around the halfway point
- Show the finished stomper in a jar or in use making sauerkraut

I had a piece of box elder that I wanted to carve for a while now. Fun enough, half of the wood started to dry while the bark piece was still green. This made carving a challenge as the green wood peeled nicely while the dryer piece was more like chip carving. I managed to still get a decent end product. I am planning on using it for the larger canning jars that will be utilized for fermentation or pickling. I found what at first was a challenge of having branch stubs turned into a natural handle hand hold piece which was neat.
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Raw wood.
Raw wood.
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Carve
Carve
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Carve
Carve
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Carve
Carve
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In a large widemouth finished.
In a large widemouth finished.
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In hand finished.
In hand finished.
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Note: Great job!  Love the different colors in the wood!

 
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