Category: Back To The Land

Main post set for the new round house

By , December 21, 2006 8:26 pm

To be more accurate, the 12 foot 2 inch long 14 inch by 16 inch cedar tree trunk has been placed in an upright position and braced. 4 layers of black 4 mill plastic were placed below on the ground to prevent at least some contact. Should last 20 years or so anyway.

Building is going to be 24 feet in diameter with a 8 foot outside wall height. That will give a 4 foot drop in 12 feet which with a shake (wood shingle) roof should give good water runoff. This diameter will give us about 450 square feet to work with.

Rafters will be young trees with a 4 to 5 inch bottom diameter and a 1 1/2 to 2 inch top diameter. I’m thinking about using umbrella style bracing from about 8 feet up on the center pole to the mid point on the rafters to remove any remaining sway or flex. Rafters every 24 inches at the outside of the header will mean we will need 38 pieces 15 feet long. Cross pieces can be anything from limbs to boards. Will probably use a lot of the scrap from the 3 dump truck loads of old lumber for these.

Side support posts will be every 6 feet so we will need 12 posts. The opening at the main door will be a bit over 7 feet wide to make up for an inch here and there. This will also let me put windows on the sides of the door for light.

Side support posts will rest on rock. Have already got all but 3 pieces of limestone in place. Got a lot of digging and filling to do yet but should be a lot easier with the rain we are getting at the moment. Will fill in between these post supports with other rock and broken cement to a height of about 18 inches where we’ll put a sill board to attach the bottom of the canvas to.

Side walls will start out as canvas. Have two pieces that Mihel brought over to use for spawn points but it was too heavy for the rope they had so he donated them to the cause. They are 6.5 feet wide and one is about 35 feet long and the other is around 50 or so. Should be plenty to cover the sides of the building. Alternating red and white canvas strips sewn together. Will be hard to miss.

More as I get it together. Trying to get pix as it goes up. This should be the first of many of these buildings. 😉

Horse Carriage and Buggy LED Lights P36 Replacement Lamps

By , November 15, 2006 12:04 pm

Horse Carriage and Buggy LED Lights P36 Replacement Lamps

Cool!

LED Headlamps on Amish buggy

Tarp Shelters – An Introduction by David B. Macpherson – EQUIPPED TO SURVIVE ™

By , November 2, 2006 10:20 pm

Tarp Shelters – An Introduction by David B. Macpherson – EQUIPPED TO SURVIVE ™

More types of shelter from a tarp than I had ever imagined could be made.  Extensive info on temp shelters.  Wonderful site!

Wallpaper Paste

By , November 2, 2006 10:15 pm

Wallpaper Paste
* 1 cup flour (wheat, corn, or rice)
* 3 teaspoons alum
* water
* 10 drops oil of cloves (natural preservative)

Combine the flour and alum in a double boiler. (If you don’t have a double boiler, set a smaller pan inside a bigger one that contains enough water that can be brought to a boil without overflowing). Add enough water to make a consistency of heavy cream; stir until blended. Heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture has thickened to a gravy texture. Let cool. Stir in the clove oil. Pour into a glass jar with a screw top. Apply with a glue brush.
Makes 1 cup
Shelf Life: 2 weeks refrigerated

Have made and used it before.  Long time ago.

A Low Impact Woodland Home

By , October 13, 2006 9:40 am

A Low Impact Woodland Home

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This is a great little house built out of mostly indignious materials. So many things about it I like I can’t list them all right now.  Am gonna have to spend some quality time thinking on this.

Simple Shoes – Official Simple Shoes Brand Site for Simple Sneakers, Clogs, Shoes and Sandals – FREE DOMESTIC GROUND SHIPPING ON ORDERS OVER $75

By , September 3, 2006 1:22 pm

Simple Shoes – Official Simple Shoes Brand Site for Simple Sneakers, Clogs, Shoes and Sandals – FREE DOMESTIC GROUND SHIPPING ON ORDERS OVER $75

Haven’t tried or even seen their products but I like the way they think.  Gonna have to go to Parisians (probably spelled wrong) in Gadsden (closest dealer to us) and see what they look like and how they feel.

Treehugger: Living Like a Hobbit. Small House, Travel & Adventures

By , September 3, 2006 1:07 pm

Treehugger: Living Like a Hobbit. Small House, Travel & Adventures
I’ve read about Dan Price before but there is a lot more available now. Lynette Chlang has written an article on meeting him and visiting his place in the woods.  Good stuff and sound like really good people.

Treehugger: Minkas: Japanese Recycled Houses

By , August 31, 2006 2:06 pm

Treehugger: Minkas: Japanese Recycled Houses
Minka houses are Japan’s equivalent of our log cabins. Until the middle of the twentieth century, most ordinary country people lived in them. They were built using local materials such as wood and paper, and techniques such as thatch and no nails, that were suited to the local climate and lifestyles. The mud-plastered walls and thatched roof structure were resistant to earthquakes and easy to rebuild. In northern Japan, they had steep roofs and small windows to cope with the long snowy winters; in the hot south, they were small and low with raised floors– well-ventilated and typhoon resistant. Today, many minkas are being demolished and the craftsmen disappearing. But people are beginning to realize that they are the ideal recycleable house, sympathetic to the environment and using local sustainable materials.

Cool!    Glad to see that they are starting to save some of them.

Food for Thought: How to Wash Up in the Wilderness, Science News Online, Aug. 26, 2006

By , August 29, 2006 2:04 pm

Food for Thought: How to Wash Up in the Wilderness, Science News Online, Aug. 26, 2006
Many campers who wash their dishes and utensils in the wilderness use methods that don’t consistently remove all bacteria.

According to new research, even professional expedition companies that employ one of several well-established, three-step washing procedures may place their clients at unnecessary risk of getting gastrointestinal illnesses. An alternative system that uses the same amount of water and involves the same number of rinses is more hygienic, says microbiologist Joanna Hargreaves, who conducted the new study.

Three bowls

To clean eating implements adequately, Hargreaves proposes a rigorous approach to washing in which backpackers would first fill each of three large bowls or buckets with about 5 liters (1 1/3 gallons) of clean water. Next, add 5 milliliters (1 teaspoon) of detergent to the first container and 10 ml (2 tsp) of 4-percent chlorine bleach (a common commercial preparation) to the second.

To wash dishes and utensils, remove most food residues in the first bowl and, in the second, scrub the items until they are visibly clean. A quick rinse in the third bowl removes the odor of the cleaning chemicals.

Looks reasonable to me and much better than just wash and rinse. Good advice and a good article. Visit the site to read it all.

Treehugger: Sustaining the Art of Weaving

By , August 25, 2006 12:00 pm

Treehugger: Sustaining the Art of Weaving

Neat stuff. Be sure to go to the Northern Lights article that the TreeHugger snipit came from.

Nomadic Research Labs

By , August 18, 2006 2:24 pm

Nomadic Research Labs

Been here and posted about it before but another link can’t hurt. Neat stuff!

Treehugger: How To: Make Your Own Non-Toxic Bathtub Cleaner

By , August 15, 2006 12:01 am

Treehugger: How To: Make Your Own Non-Toxic Bathtub Cleaner

Cool.

Treehugger: Straw Bale Construction Passes The Fire Test

By , August 14, 2006 10:44 pm

Treehugger: Straw Bale Construction Passes The Fire Test

Another problem surmounted.

Farmers’ choice : HindustanTimes.com

By , August 14, 2006 10:42 pm

Farmers’ choice : HindustanTimes.com

This is FANTASTIC!!! Cheap liquor or wine? as a pesticide. One liter will treat 2 acres. No problems with toxins and kills the harmfull insects. Gonna have to try this on Bill’s patch.

Boing Boing: Danish hackers launch Free Beer 3.0, with guarana

By , June 11, 2006 8:52 am

Boing Boing: Danish hackers launch Free Beer 3.0, with guarana

Free Beer! Now with guarana!

Tribewanted: Adventure Island – Home

By , May 30, 2006 8:54 am

Tribewanted: Adventure Island – Home

Interesting concept. Wonder if it would/could work with building a land based town/village?

Treehugger: Strawbale Housing in Europe

By , March 29, 2006 7:54 am

Treehugger: Strawbale Housing in Europe

More strawbale goodness from Treehugger!

Treehugger: Ice Harvesting Lives On

By , March 24, 2006 10:05 pm

Treehugger: Ice Harvesting Lives On

Cool! Like really man!

Get Off the Grid: Air-X Personal Wind Turbine – Gizmodo

By , March 24, 2006 8:02 pm

Get Off the Grid: Air-X Personal Wind Turbine – Gizmodo

Neat!

Kuznetsov’s Stoves - About our stoves

By , March 24, 2006 9:14 am

Kuznetsov’s Stoves - 
About our stoves

I know that I have linked to them before but couldn’t find the link for the longest time yesterday so…

Russian stoves, heaters, fireplaces and such. Uses one or more “bells” to retain the heat while the cooler combustion air flows up the flue.

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