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one of my greatest passions, along with too many others, is working with wood. Especially milling a tree to find beautiful grain and colour.
My latest project which is only as far as the first cut, is to carve a tv unit out of a solid log, 700mm dia 2m long, chainsaw style. Flat top bottom back and front with sap left on and natural. droping the saw into front to cut a whole out for dvd and stereo amp. I'll get some photo's and post latter.
Here's a couple of photo's of some other milling projects.
The other day I looked around my tiny back yard and felt pretty proud of how far I've come on the journey of growing my own food. I have a long long way to go but it got me thinking, just how many edible plants do I currently have growing?
It took me all of 10 seconds to count them all but it shocked me to think that I started off only 2 years ago with only 2 herbs in a couple of pots. All my plants are in pots so I am probably at my maximum capacity unless I go a little crazy and take over our living space. Never say never.
I know with many others it will take a good walk around their property to count it all up that might take an hour. I'm sure it will be inspiring to see how far this self-sufficiency thing can go.
I thought I would put the question out there to see what others currently have on the go.
Here's the rules (so we have level playing field):
- Only count plants that either fruit, root, rhizome, leaf, etc that can be eaten.
- Dont count animals (different...
I thought this might be a good subject to put up here as I think it comes into the self-sufficency realm.
A few months ago it dawned on me that I should have a go at butchering a whole lamb.
Just to be clear, I'm not talking about going and finding a live lamb and going at it with a knife, the idea is to buy a whole lamb carcass from the butcher (already slaughtered) and then portion it down.
So I firstly wanted to see if I can do it, and secondly as a way to save money. I think that even if you had enough land to keep sheep that you would probably need to have a qualified slaughterer do the do the deed, but from there you could probably do the rest. I may be wrong about that point but you would definitely need some decent equipment to do it properly.
I do have a mate who has a friend that does his own slaughtering of lambs but it sounds pretty full-on and messy. Probably something I wouldn't be keen to do.
When I was doing some research a lot of websites talked about...
Post up your flower pics!
All this photography talk got me motivated on the weekend to pull out the 40mm macro lense, I did have more success at it this time, and seems I just need to spend some more learning how to use it better.
Flowers are known for being a difficult subject to photograph because they move, a lot! There is always wind at the time you want to photograph a flower. Some people will secure the flower, tie it up with wire or something like that, or cut it off and put it in position. I usually try a tripod and wait for the wind to stop. This time It was relatively still day, for the last two photos, the purple one and orange one, I held the flower with two fingers while holding the lense with the other fingers, that made the flower steady to the lense.
This is my "build thread" for my offgrid home system. This could get a little bit messy. I'm saving about $200 a year off the electricity bill. My aim is not really to save money from the "ongrid" bills, but to try get to an "offgrid stage".. it's one of my hobbies. I love all the offgrid and low voltage stuff.
2 serparate systems with the same specs:
85 watt panel
I put this 240v switch box in, it contains all the regular 12v wiring, and has a fuse inline.
my "Garden Bar"...
I have a dream of living in the countryside somewhere with good clima where I can live self sufficient, but i dont know in which country I have to search.
I am looking for:
- Good clima
- Good earth
- Clean water (river, lake or underground water
- Wood for building a house
- beautiful landscape
- limited rules and goverment (I want to live off the grid without have to worry about rules about building you own house or rules about having animals or having to pay taxes and so on..)
- cheap price for land
Any ideas of a perfect place for me to search this (or at least some off the things)?
Here is some more information about my Rambo outdoor wok burner as promised from my YouTube video.
The image below is the specs plate from the Rambo wok burner (click image for large size).
This is the high pressure gas regulator, which is required to deliver the gas power for the intense flame of the Rambo wok burner.
The wok burner has a simple dial to regulate the flame, which is also a piezo static electric start but you could use a gas lighter as sometimes the piezo can be temperamental.
Here is my Rambo wok burner on a wooden stand I made. It also comes with a stainless pan which goes under the burner. The surface where the wok burner is placed should be heat resistant. The gas hose has a generous length 1.8 metres....
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