Thursday, October 22, 2009

A Nation of Farmers: Guess what book I'm buying now.

This looks like a book that belongs on the shelf of every revolutionary farmer.


"A Nation of Farmers: How City Farmers, Backyard Chicken Enthusiasts, Victory Gardeners, Small Family Farms, Kids in Edible Schoolyards, Cooks in Their Kitchens, and Passionate Eaters Everywhere Can Overthrow Our Destructive Industrial Agriculture, and Give Us Hope for Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness in a Changing World."
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Monday, October 12, 2009

Yoi To Make

This is a video version of the stills below. You can see how the pile driver works and hear the work song that goes along with it. There are several versions of this song, some of the quite ribald, so it was always fun, even though the work was hard.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

One foundation stone

one foundation stone
Originally uploaded by touzanka
This is one completed pile with the stone planted. One beam will sit on top of this stone.

Group Pull3

group pull3
Originally uploaded by touzanka
Another shot of the thumper ready to drop.

Notice the pile of stones that will be pounded down.

Group Pull4

group pull4
Originally uploaded by touzanka
Log up in the air, ready to drop.


Originally uploaded by touzanka
This is how the pile driver looks when it's ready to go. We all grab a rope, haul the thumper up, and let it drop. All to the rhythm of the singer, the owner of the house, who has done his best to remember the yoi to make song, a great work song.

Foundation guide

found guide
Originally uploaded by touzanka
This is a photo of the guide for the foundation of the house. There are markings on the boards which form a grid helping us determine where each of the piles should be placed. In the forground is a pile of rocks that will form the piles.

Yoi To Make stomper

Originally uploaded by touzanka
This is the business end of the Yoi To Make. It is a 100 kilogram pine log attached to the tripod with pullies and ropes to lift it off the ground and drop it onto a pile of rocks.

This forms the foundation for one beam of the house.