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Actually there is some kind of method to this madness.

I recon that if I ever get stranded on a desert island, or civilisation as we know it collapses, or something like that , I will be very well equipped to deal with it. I now know how to build and cook in a WFO, I could spin and weave my own clothes, know which weeds are eidible (danelions and such) and I could even brew my own mead. Slaughtering and butchering of animals I would probably want to outsource though...
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Old 01-01-2010, 07:23 AM
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ok ok... i had to go upstairs and get the books...

Build your own earth oven by kiko denzer and hannah field
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Wood fired cooking by Mary Karlin

I'll give you an Idea of whats going on with them over the long weekend. havent done more than leafed thru them yet..

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Cool! I have the Denzer book - it's a must for cob builders but I'm not familiar with the Karlin book.

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Actually there is some kind of method to this madness.

I recon that if I ever get stranded on a desert island, or civilisation as we know it collapses, or something like that , I will be very well equipped to deal with it. I now know how to build and cook in a WFO, I could spin and weave my own clothes, know which weeds are eidible (danelions and such) and I could even brew my own mead. Slaughtering and butchering of animals I would probably want to outsource though...
I'll handle fishing - somebody else is handling the livestock.
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Well, Frances, if it comes to that, bring Wilson (and me!) along- we have butchered many a deer in the kitchen. I don't do the slaughtering part- that's up to Wilson.

I don't spin, but I knit pretty well. I have all this dog hair bagged up from my beloved departed Norwegian Elkhound I'd love to learn to spin into yarn!

I can see it now- we'll all be living in mosaic'd dome houses, each with it's own wfo, eating sourdough and venison and wearing hand-knit socks (I'm really good at those, you see) and drinking homemade mead and beer (Wilson's gotten really good at that). Now we need to bring on board someone who can make good wine and cheese.....
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Elizabeth,
A heads up on the dog hair knitting project. One of our daughters saved up years and years of her collie's hair. Literally bags and bags full of dog brushings. My wife, as a gift to our daughter, swapped with a spinner to have the hair carded and spun into yarn. Then, as this yarn proved to be fairly weak, she added an additional thread with the yarn and knitted a beautiful sweater and matching hat.

And now for the pros, the sweater is beautiful and extremely warm, hot even. And surprisingly not prickly (unlike camel hair, which feels soft to hand but is torture to wear as clothing).

The downside: inspite of washing before and after and even dry cleaning, whenever the sweater gets wet or even damp it smells of wet dog. And it is so warm that one's own prespiration causes the smell. And I mean a "head turning" strength smell. The hat and sweater stay in a double plastic bag in a trunk.

Now I love dogs, and have two at present, but this sweater is intolerable. Your Elkhound's hair might have different characteristics regarding strength and smell than this collie's hair; but you might consider knitting a small sampler before committing to a large project.

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Ah. I don't think I have enough fur saved up to do anything more than a nice scarf. Thank goodness. My house smells enough like dog already without wearing the smell as a sweater! The current crew of culprits (who don't shed the right kind of hair to spin, unfortunately. too short)
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Surely a person with a workshop like yours can find something special that will fit that spare niche in your garage. Than tool that you just might use one day or the other one that you've been wanting for ages.
Went to harbor freight today.. Got me a Mig welder,, You were right, Something that I have wanted for ages.. it was also on sale and I had a 20% off coupon, so I got all the accesories.. So tomorrow after a bunch of reading and some youtube videos on welding I will try it out

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Think handbag. Dog Hair Handbags - Catty Shack Creations
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Mark,
are you planning on using it gasless or hiring the argon bottles?
I tried the flux coated wire and found it to be terrible. It defeats the basic principle of flux free smooth welding and not much better if at all than stick welding.
By all means try it, be prepared for a hell of a shock on the price of the wire and I think you will agree that the gas is the way to go.
Unfortunately, if you want to weld stainless or even aluminium, (which is a bit messy using Mig when compared to Tig), you need different gases and then it really becomes doubly expensive. I still stainless weld with a stick and stainless rods but you need to passivate the welds to stop them from rusting, but occassionally use the Mig on really light stainless sheet, only painting the welds.
Anyway, enjoy the new toy, watch out for the duty cycle time, (I'd hate to see you cook it early), you will sort it all out over time.

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Hey neil.. They claim you dont need the bottles with the flux coated wire, I bought this more as a learning tool, for the price, I figured I could get some practice before I invested in a "Lincoln or Miller" Unit.. (they are the big names here) I may set it up today with some scrap and just try to get the feel of it... I think by the summmer I can buy a "real" welder after I gain some experience

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