Thursday, 21 March 2013
Courses are on the backburner, as everyone and their badger are now running courses...so we are working directly with schools, community groups and anyone else who will have us to build compost loos, pizza ovens and the like.
Contact us via the website if you are interested
Meanwhile, it's time to plant those veggies and prune the fruit trees (a bit late I know)...
Tuesday, 17 July 2012
A ROCKET STOVE ABLE TO BOIL A LITRE OF WATER IN SIX MINUTES MADE FROM A SCRAP OF DRY WOOD.
This stove made from scrapwood has four nails at the top to hold the kettle in place and allow burning gases to pass around it, an L shaped hole through the timber block and a stable base. Made by students from Heathfield School on their Rocket Day. Our scenario was " how do you make water safe in a refugee camp when all that is available are hand tools, old palettes used to deliver supplies and the packing you would find round UNESCO medical aid etc .
We set out to learn by doing, not talking. A safety talk, repeated during the day with our teaching points, didn't stop the atmosphere being one of self guided intense activity.
The second picture shows how students demonstrated that the rocket principal applied to fibre board scraps and old palette nails gives a clean, efficient burn making the most of the limited fuel supply and giving the least harmfull pollution. Brick rubble from our imagined war zone and some background information about the importance of boiled drinking water, hot food and smokeless cooking facilities made the day have meaning as well as fun learning.
In both cases the fuel was also the insulation that allowed the intense heat a rocket stove gives.
Our new, developing, site in Bovey Woods allowed a full and active day despite the heavy rain. Reclaimed materials including old tin cans, sawdust, palettes and some tools were gathered under a high open barn roof. Ample parking and the added benefit of lovely woodland views.
Thursday, 5 July 2012
Tuesday, 7 February 2012
Watch this campfire space...
Tuesday, 5 July 2011
end of a recent busy day learning all about the fundamentals of cob
(mud, straw, sawdust and sometimes - but not this time - cow poo).
Frank was in his element as he is just obsessed with all things muddy
and is only too happy to spend the rest of his life convincing others
of its beauty...
You can see the cob blocks in the background - all hand made by the
course participants and now stacked in the shed ready for a great
creative masterpiece. Suggestions on a postcard please.
Just thought you might like to see a course in action, with no posing
for the camera - I just had to duck and dive between them and I don't
even think they noticed me.
Monday, 16 May 2011
Learning From The land meanwhile is positively BOOMING with George now taken over at the helm and Frank out there giving it large with the cob. He taught a new course last week in cob fundamentals and it went well - participants loved it, everyone covered in mud, the usual thing. I now have a line of beautiful cob blocks to step over every time I walk through the greenhouse...and next week is one compost loo after another, with a weekend at T he Woodland Play Centre in Crowcombe, then at the Neroche Forest Woodland Centre, then over to Cannington for our first course partnering with Rodway Farm. So if anyone out there wants to learn about building a compost loo - NOW IS THE TIME!!
Can you all get raindancing please...
Friday, 25 February 2011
Here is the only hedge pic I have so far but will take some more as soon as George brings my camera back - that was a hint George! Why when I type George does it always become Geroge?