tony uljee

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When i did some reading up on beam and pole building for my own project , some of it was about the japanese methods and timber used ---but way beyond my skill --so i used rough sawn timbers and logs for framework but the tree species for timber is very restricted around my part of the world--and quality stuff is very expensive--so most of what i used was sitka spruce --very coarse and with the odd red pine and larch log---all rough and ready stuff . The japanese sites mentioned working with their local types of red pine ,black pine ,cedar and cypress ---all fine grained and high quality.
2 days ago
think its called vermicomposting, i am trying to engineer a system for use it in my next toilet system
6 days ago
i would like to live in a community where if you roll a log down a road most people would just nod and greet , round my way if i tried that there would be text alerts put all over and i would be posted up on a social media page---then followed home by a police car   ,still might be worth it though , i have my eye on a large piece of scotts pine trunk --just waiting for the property owner to be at home when i pass it again. Seen this idea for the chainsaw method ,as even thinking of plunge cutting by hand held freestyle  just makes my backbone turn to jelly and custard.
3 months ago
its warm and bees are active , missed seeing a swarm passing through my neighbours tractor shed, but this has spurred me on to start hive number two for next season just in case
3 months ago
thanks , its been an odd past couple of months and planting out my saplings grown from seeds and nuts has kept me grounded and busy,till later ,cheers,tony
4 months ago
with all that , i forgot to to mention reading about a Japanese method of a hemp,lime and seaweed glue as a binder mostly as a plastering mix i think but might be another step forwards,cheers for now
4 months ago
hello, i like and admire the experimentation, i am involved with a miscanthus grass and lime binder build projects , its only a hobby and something i do when time and money are spare , i have read that this type of grass is used in Japan for thatching --might be another source of a straw type product for your build , my own reading up on bio -cretes  found several studies done around the world by credited sources .A swedish university compared hemp , miscanthus, coir, rice hull husk ,and several grain stem straws, all were found suitable for this type of crete making .I think what you are making at the moment is more of a cob mix , and perhaps not as suited to produce a brick or block very easy unless you ram it /compress it ---could you just mix it up cob style and pour or tip it into a shuttering --and layer build up internal walls. I have trialed a few small batch mixes myself of hydrated lime ,clay and wood ash--it does set up and could be usable ---but the clay had to be dry and a very fine powder---not easy to source around my way and not cheap to buy and truck in , digging fresh clay and running it into the mixer with water to make a slurry then adding in the others dry worked okay as well . But i dont have enough of it on my own land in a reasonably pure quality  ,the labour and lengthy process to wash out the pebbles and soil for the quantity i need also  , meant going another way . The other limitation was trying to save up enough wood ash in the volume i need ,even though i burn turf and timber for heating and water everyday i would have to wait a week at a time for just one 200 liter mix, my nearest neighbours ---although we are rural and they all farm---are modernised with central heating oil fired .I mix up 800 to 1000 liters of mix in 200 liter batches a time in a couple of hours ,poured tipped out into shuttering ---using those plastic tubs . Which are a big disappointment for me -- sure they are great as long as the handles dont tear off ---my rate of attrition is one tub every 2 to 3000 liters of mix ---i try to get my helpers to only half full a tub and carry 2 of them---but they always land up going for a full tub .once a small tear develops next two or three loads and its a lost easy to carry tub . Looking at the formula --they are LDPE and not HDPE---i am going to experiment on a solution for these as well, cheers for now
4 months ago
i have been trying to get this tree species established on my place for a nearly 3 years now ,from my first batch of thirty seeds  only 2 are still going---easy enough to get them germinating but the slugs love them as they come up and then the voles love cutting them down as the get going---they would seem to be very suited to our irish climate and there are supposedly some well established trees around the country from horticultural society collections---but i have never been able to track any down.Still trying to find a way to get them prosper better ,my 2nd batch of seeds all failed ---they came up very well but too late in the year and rotted away through the winter---my current batch of 20 seeds is germinating outdoors now after being outside in pots over the winter ---and i will be looking up some more info on soil inoculation and treatments ---i still wonder how those horticulture societies managed so well---great to see yours doing well .
6 months ago
my french brother in law used to cook up sausages  made from tripe ---in their duplex house ---neighbors used to phone and report a  suspicious smell to the police---first time i joined him at the table for a feed ---i had a bad cold and never noticed ---he mistook my completing the meal as a sign of a fellow offal enthusiast ---few months later when the smell from the previous batch had faded and my sister allowed him to cook up another batch---i got the invite ---and smelt it from down the road as i walked up---powerfull stuff ---no amount of cleaning will totally eradicate the smell and those that go out of their way eat offal say its all the better for it .
7 months ago
if the land around your water source has been farmed  ,  then theres a good chance your underlying water table will be contaminated with run off and seep down from surface water contact ---most of the area around me has been farmed for generations and all our old style water wells ---those hand dug and stone lined ---have been tested positive --either with gylco or fecal ---even our boreholes that dont go down beyond the rock bed at around 120 feet ---are also positive. We had to go 360 feet down through rock to get good water and decent flow recovery rates , but i still have to keep a check on contamination from surface /ground above,   finding  a natural good  drinkable source of water is gold---i dont use the word pure here as water is alive and must be kept so ---with the absolute minimum of treatments if possible to appreciate its full health and enjoyment benefits---make it a priority if you are still land searching
7 months ago