The Living Tipi

In today’s workshop we built and wove a tipi using mostly biological resources. Over the life time of anything we make there is deterioration and eventually things turn into compost. But a living tipi, like a living fence, can be more durable. Using nature and living resources we can train plants to replace the weave and to replace the poles, some small trees happily grow good central poles and will pleach their side branches. We talked about a range of weaving plants and suitable pole plants in the permaculture food forest. Some plants can happily produce both poles and weaving …

Solar-It-Yourself Workshop – Jan 30th 2016

Would you like the sun to be working for you? We all have a bit of solar power over our heads. Let’s harness a little of this free power, channel it into our favourite gadget! Come and see our range of solar systems and gadgets: Solar hot water, Solar hot-water-to-radiators home heating system, Solar Oven, Solar Jug, Solar drill and much more. Learn to make and maintain different types of solar gadgets. Get that abundant solar power flow from the sun to your gadget.  Then taste the delights of something cooked with just solar-power, get a gadget to worship the …

Rocket Stove Workshop A Blast!

Thank you to the beautiful participants at our Rocket Stove and Gasifier Workshop. Paul took us through a little bit about the theory of fire, then a bit about the politics of firewood sourcing and how to burn cleanly. Then we jumped into making our own rockets stoves and gasifiers. The children and I cooked Banana pancakes on one of the Rocket stoves and we finished up with a preview of a proto type of a space-heater rocket stove. This workshop was instructive, fun and delicious.