Tuesday, June 19, 2007
this is the rocket stove we built at cobville... it's made of stovepipe and a barrel and mud and bricks. fuel wood goes in at the left and comes out as steam somewhere up and to the right... in the process it heats up that cob bench on the right, serving as a heat battery which stores up the heat and releases it slowly into the house over time. the wood burns clean (no smoke) all the heat gets released into the house (less fuel use) and the house temperature stays very constant. incredible!
Posted by thaddeus at 10:17 AM
Saturday, June 09, 2007
ernie, kiliii, rick and I took the umiak out after the students left and went fishing for an afternoon - no fish, but a beautiful day. it is amazing how curious seals and sea lions are about the umiak - they come up close and looking around all the time.
Posted by thaddeus at 6:14 PM
we woke up early to get things ready to launch the umiak, and I took my camera out to get a picture of the boats being loaded. the camera was still cold and a fog instantly formed over the lens that created an effect which very neatly fit the scene.
Posted by thaddeus at 6:05 PM
the night before we launched the umiak, all the students stayed up late huddled in the barn finishing their paddles. emily here is tying up her final lashing. it was a really magical moment to watch - only ten or so students were actually working, the rest all gathered around to watch and entertain and it all felt very familial.
Posted by thaddeus at 6:02 PM
coating the skin of the umiak in urethane - there were so many hands to help spread it on! the plastic spreaders each made a *zip* *zip* sound as they scraped along the nylon, and with half a dozen people doing it at once it made a very interesting and peculiar kind of music...
Posted by thaddeus at 5:51 PM