Devin Lavign

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uggg...I hate trying to describe myself. * last updated spring 2019 *
I moved to 40 acres of raw land with an existing pond in the WA Okanogan Highlands 3 yrs ago. I have been busy observing and making trails.
I am planning to start building a house this year. Though I am probably going to hold off on planting anything until I finish building a house and just work on infrastructure.
I am looking forward to finally put into practice the ideas I have without having to compromise due to it being someone else's land.
Some history and background about me.
I have traveled and lived most of the continental US. So have a decent grasp of the different areas of the US. As a kid I preferred going into the woods to play over going to a park or friend's house. Still I will almost always pick nature if given the choice.
I worked trail maintenance in the Cascades and that was likely my most favorite job ever. I lived, worked, and played in the forests of the Pac NWet. I learned a massive respect for pack goats during this. As they hauled the majority of our gear up the trail every day. Amazing smart animals and I can't wait to get my own goats to enjoy.
I lived and worked at Arcosanti for 4 yrs in AZ. Including managing their 15 1/2 acres of edible and medicinal landscaping. A fun place to meet lots of wonderful people and pick up skills. I have spotted at least one other Arco alum here who I know. Who lived there previous to my time, but who I did meet and hang out with several times both at Arco and to go see him in Prescott.
Pac Northwest, east of the Cascades
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Recent posts by Devin Lavign

yep I got a used one from craigs list and when that died I got a new one.

If you have a woody place they are probably the most important tool
3 days ago
So I figured I should put my youtube channel up. Though right now I am taking a break because I had a stroke and talk a bit drunk sounding. I was never very active but was just starting to get in the swing. There are some vids of Wheaton"s Lab stuff.

John C Daley wrote:Aaron, is it normal to have a power outlet next to the wash basin?
I am thinking about possible electrocusion with the water around.

Yep it is pretty normal. Though typically they are GFI outlets. These days most things are powered. Razors, toothbrushes, etc...
1 month ago

Jordan Holland wrote:My best recommendation is a large dog!

There is a stove company this rates it stoves by how many dogs they replace.
1 month ago
A decent youtube channel is which is 2 families though recently they lost a family member.
1 month ago
A big recommendation would be wool blankets. You can find point blankets at a good price sometimes. Though I would recommend Alpaca wool wherever possible. A good place to look is I have their Banderita blanket which is 50% Alpaca 50% Merino. Alpaca is softer, warmer, and lighter.
1 month ago
Most homes are not built to turned into earth sheltered. I would be very worried of a house built in the 1800's.

Think about how much earth weighs. A lot! Not counting snow load. So berming the sides or worse putting on the roof can be dangerous.

Earth sheltered homes need to be especially designed to take heavy loads. Most homes designed to stand without earth are not made to take such weight.
1 month ago
I used to recommend Jeff White knives in bushcraft circles, but then he died. They were cheap and yet well made, plus a lot thinner than modern knives. You can still find them some places omline, and I think one of his students is now selling knives.

Something you might look at is Nessmuk styled knives. They have a point that is hard to dig into an animal.
1 month ago
My family is from Ottumwa. Iowa is a great place. Though something to watch for is GMO. There is a lot of GMO there. People there seem to think it is the best thing and believe all the propaganda put out about it.
1 month ago