Sunday, June 3, 2007

Spoon Lamp

I had been running low on candles so I was playing around with some ideas for lighting. I was amazed that my spoon lamp worked and that it gave off a lot of light. The wick was just some natural fiber twine. I soaked in vegietable oil. The flame stayed alive for about 15 minutes with just about half a spoonful of oil. I do realize that this could be very messy if the oil spilled, however, I plan on making some real lamps with clay sometime.

Road Kill

Now that I am feeling really settled where I am,
I have been really wanting to do some projects with tanning. I have been doing a lot of thinking about making a robe or blanket out of tanned hide. The problem is that it is illegal to pick up road kill in most casses and I really don't do very much hunting. Last summer I found out that it is
possible to collect road kill if you call the bioligist and take in the animal or hide to be tagged and recorded. In this case the hide will never belong to you because the state claims it as theirs. You will, however, be able to have possesion of it. I really don't like that idea.

Anyways, I have decided that I am going to help keep the roads clean of road kill and in the process have some nice fur. If I get caught then I will just say that I am planning to take in the
animal on Monday to be tagged. Hopefully, that
will work.

Mud Oven

Here is my first attempt at an outdoor oven. I am really excited about being able to cook with it. The pictures pretty much tell how I made the oven. I would like to describe the mud I used. It is called survival cement because it can be made very easily and is very durable. Just make a thick mud and add grass, pine needles, ferns, or whatever is around. This will act as a binder for the mud. Another thought is about the water. Made sure you add it a little bit at a time because it is really easy to add to much.

This is made from acorn flour that I made last fall. It is soooo good!!

This style of bread is really an ash cake. It is called and ash cake because it layes on the hot ashes while cooking. When it is ready to come out, just dust off the ashes and eat.

Very tasty!