Wednesday, September 29, 2010

I'm back!!!

Seriously everyone, sorry about that. Had wee bout of life slapping me around with its ring hand. Anyway, onto what's been going on. Yes, still working on the accursed fence line. Still waiting to get more sand to finish off the cob oven area in time for the Holidays.

However, some new & good things. Salmon, and crab have been running and well. My freezer has more crab then some buffets in Las Vegas. Friends have traded me deer for veggies. Oh, and speaking of veggies. Seeds of Change dropped the ball and still hasn't sent my Pink Music Organic Garlic, however, the Coos Grange was more then happy to help me out with seed garlic.

I recently got from them Oregon Blue, & Chesson Garlic, as well as Shallots for the garden, all of which are planted. I also purchased some cover crops. Crimson Clover went into the Hazlip veggie beds, and I purchased Winter Pea to be used in seed balls with other crops yet to be determined in the orchard.

I have also been drafting, and burning many drafts of next years major project... studio / wood shop with attached greenhouse. I have been studying the "Low Impact Woodland Home" as a source of inspiration.

Here are some more links and inspiration for Low-Impact housing.

Here are other ideas as well.

Rammed earth

Rammed Earth video- Melbourne resident John Novotny

Adobe or cob also

Cody Lundin has built one out of rebar and concrete (if you're concerned about fire) -

Links to the Ask the Experts page

Michael Reynolds, creator of the Earthship concept, is a world leader in environmental building. He is the author of five books and has 30 years experience designing and building fully self-sufficient homes. The innovative Earthship design combines passive solar heating with thermal mass construction to create buildings that heat and cool themselves without consuming fossil fuels. Earthships create all their own electrical power with sun and wind, collect and treat their own water with integrated water systems. The main building block of the Earthship makes use of one of the worlds most plentiful, and most troublesome “natural resources”, scrap automobile tires. Thousands of Earthships have been built all over the world in the US, Canada, Mexico, Bolivia, Japan, South Africa, Honduras and Belgium. Michael's Earthship/Biotecture website provides a wealth of information about his innovative building concepts

Check out the documentary The Garbage Warrior sometime
This is just a trailer for it. I rented it from Netflix, it was great!!

BC Cobbing

YouTube Videos


Sandbag/ Earthbag shelters

Eco Dome

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