Ulu

An ulu (Inuktitut syllabics: ᐅᓗ, plural: uluit, English: “woman’s knife”) is an all-purpose knife traditionally used by Inuit, Yupik, and Aleut women. It is utilized in applications as diverse as skinning and cleaning animals, cutting a child’s hair, cutting food and, if necessary, trimming blocks of snow and ice used to build an igloo.

My daughter lived for a while in Valdez, Alaska and bought it for me. I use this almost every day to dice vegetables and meat. It works with a rocking motion and is a very aggressive cutting tool. It even cuts frozen foods!

My Home Incinerator

My Home Incinerator
My Home Incinerator

Quotes from:    http://www.burnrightproducts.com/index.php

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Large Model 2235-SS100 is the same size as a 55 gallon burn barrel

My assessment:

This is a beast! I burn yard waste, brush, and branches. When you get it going it sounds like a rocket; the draft is so good. It is not cheap, but nothing good is!

My hoop shed is in the background. I store my firewood and gardening equipment there.

Corporations will save us?

Corporations will save us?

Two American (?) (Multi-National) Corporations are advertising to do the following two things:

  1. Capture Carbon
  2. Filter Earth’s Water

 

Capture carbon

For life to get where it is today, the earth has had to remove excessive carbon from the ecosystem.

Ways of carbon capture:

  1. Coal, gas, and oil deposits

It took a great many years for the earth to capture these and we are releasing them in only a few hundred years.

  1. Vegetation

10 Billion Acres http://www.10ba.org/

Plant life of all sorts (land and sea) is required to capture carbon and release oxygen. Man can go for a month without food, weeks without water, but only minutes without air.

  1. Soil Erosion

Do a Google search on “soil erosion”.

Half of the topsoil on the planet has been lost in the last 150 years.

While erosion is a natural process, human activities have increased by 10-40 times the rate at which erosion is occurring globally.

The organic matter in the earth’s remaining soil is extremely depleted.

In the Great Plains of the US it is estimated that areas that once had 12 feet of topsoil now have 12 inches!

I guess my question is “Do you believe corporations or nature would be better at carbon capture?”

Filter Earth’s Water

For life to get where it is today, the earth has had to remove excessive naturally occurring chemicals from the ecosystem.

All of this vegetation, soil, and mantle were earth’s great filtering system.

With erosion increasing by 10-40 times the rate of water run-off has increased dramatically. Naturally occurring chemicals exposed by removal of vegetation and mining are again returning to the ecosystems in massive amounts.

Add to this the purposeful release of man-created chemicals to earth’s ecosystem and we really have a recipe for disaster.

I guess my question is “Do you believe corporations or nature would be better at filtering earth’s water?”

Caretakers of the Earth

For life to stay where it is today, large numbers of people need to become Caretakers of the Earth.

Careful Taking – in taking we give back more than we take.

We give appreciation, gratitude, and thanks to all those things that are necessary to extend our life.

We consider our next generations and what we are leaving them as we take only what we need.

http://www.earthcaretaker.com/index.html

These are not only a physical choices, but also spiritual choices. This is practicing oneness with all things. Meditate on the fact that your body has as many bacteria in it as cells; the next time your ego tells you that you are separate.

We need to return to loving the earth and honoring all the gifts that the whole universe gives to us. Meditate on understanding the world around you. Learn to go into the place inside you; where all things can be known and understood. Ask for guidance and anything that exists can give you your answers.

I am not one who is anti-technology, but one who believes in a very careful use of technology.

Our industrial processes need to be great examples of recycling. We don’t just take massive amounts of raw materials, use them, and dump the residue as waste; poisoning generations to come.

Wind Mill

Wind Mill
Wind Mill

This tells me wind direction and force.

Two new roller blade bearings and rust resistant zinc primer will keep it going for years to come.

My grape vines are to the side.

My Weed Wacker

My Weed Wacker
My Weed Wacker

This is an antique scythe than was used to clear the right of ways for the C & O Railroad. My son gifted me with this beautiful and very functional tool.

I still use this for all my brush and weed cutting. Take notice the patina of the handle! Many coats of Tung Oil keep it in good shape. I use Tung Oil on all of my wooden handled tools.

Folding Sawbuck

Folding Sawbuck
Folding Sawbuck

2 x 4 lumber (I would now use pressure treated lumber like the leg extenders!)

Three 3/8″ x 4 1/2″ long threaded rods for 3 hinges with washers and nuts

Web strapping to control opening height.  Take notice that I do not use the horizontal top boards to control the opening height. I cut too many boards while cutting firewood!

A second set of horizontal boards near bottom of folding legs to increase the weight it will hold without wobbling.

Also added a non-pivoting set of diagonal boards to do short cuts on large knotty log sections.

I load this baby up with all the logs it will hold and cut away.