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How To Tan A Rabbit Hide - DIY Like many modern homesteaders, I keep rabbits for meat. However, unlike most small-scale breeders (who consign their animals' pelts to compost piles), I also save the hides, tan them, and use the fur to make beautiful hand-sewn items. I've discovered that small pelt tanning isn’t time-consuming, difficult, or expensive. In fact, it's a source of both pride and great satisfaction, since it enables me to create beautiful, useful fur articles from skins that would otherwise have been discarded. You probably know that tanning (which is also called tawing or pickling) is the process of converting a raw hide into leather, thus making the skin more pliable, more durable, and more resistant to water, wear, and decay. The availability, convenient small size, and variable colors, patterns, and textures of rabbit skins make them perfect material for the novice tanner. Butchering a Rabbit Washing and Cooling the Skin The First Tanning Solution Fleshing the Hide The Second Tanning Solution Now What?

DIY Project: Building Your Own Hobbit House With £3,000 Eco Architecture is something that generally employs cutting edge technology, unusual design, a plethora of green innovations and many sleek gadgets that promise to cut down on your energy consumption and carbon footprint. But then, most of these modern behemoths tend to forget the most important ingredient that truly brings green design to life- nature. Simon Dale of Wales had absolutely no interest in transforming himself into either an Eco-conscious architect or even a Hobbit from the movie Lord of the Rings. But when he did finish his new sustainable self-built home in Wales, he seemed to have inadvertently become both in eyes of the world! One can make all the Hobbit references when they look at this ingenious and almost picture-perfect dwelling created in a hill on the countryside by Mr. Despite not being an architect of any kind, he decided to take up the task of creating this home all by himself, and mostly with scrap and what most of us regard as waste.

10 DIY Upcycled Fire Pits | Trash Backwards By Liesl Clark The allure of the fire pit. Photo © Liesl Clark Seems the latest craze is repurposing metal things into fire pits. Here’s a list of some of the most innovative ones we could find: 1) Metal Wheelbarrow Fire Pit: If you’ve got a metal one that’s broken down, try to turn it into a fire pit. 2) Washing Machine Drum Fire Pit: Our app users love this. 3) Paver Brick Fire Pit: Brick and concrete pavers make easy fire pit insulation material. 4) Wash Pail Fire Pit: A metal wash pail can work as a fire pit. 5) In-Ground Fire Pit: This is a classic and easy fire pit to make at home. 6) Old Grill Fire Pit. 7) Shopping Cart Fire Pit: My favorite, with built-in log storage rack. 8) Industrial Wire Waste Fire Bowls: You can always try your hand a making fire bowls like these. 9) Tractor Rim Fire Ring: If you have access to a tractor rim, it makes a great fire ring. 10) Fireball Fire Pit: This is for the metal-smiths among us. Click Through For More Farm and Garden Ideas at Trash Backwards

Black Soldier Fly Blog I'm uploading this just so that I can remember to do it in the morning Music In Your Pocket With A Thumb Piano - DIY Like many people, I'm attracted to folk music . . . primarily because I like its innate "personal" quality. While folk tunes often do reflect universal human feelings and ideas, they're just as often played on instruments created by the individual performer. A good example of this sort of music maker is the African "thumb piano" (also known as the mbira, zanza, or kalimba) . . . which isn't a piano at all, but can be more accurately classed as a plucked idiophone. Appearing throughout Africa in virtually whatever shape strikes the musician's fancy, the mbira may have tines made of any springy material from metal to rattan, while the whole instrument can range from hand to lap size. With my first exposure to the thumb piano, I found the tune maker fascinating . . . and before long, I came up with a small, easily carried version that I call a pocket harp. Making Your Own To build a pocket harp like mine, you'll need the following: Materials: (4) 2 7/8" hair-roller bobby pins Tools: pliers,

10 Imaginative Offices You'll Wish You Worked At Video 1. Zynga Zynga Office 2 Zynga Office 3 2. Airbnb Office 2 Airbnb Office 3 Airbnb Office 4 3. Selgas Cano Architecture Office 2 Selgas Cano Architecture Office 3 4. Google Office 2 Google Office 3 Google Office 4 Google Office 5 Google Office 6 Google Office 7 Google Office 8 Google Office 9 5. Pallotta Teamworks 2 6. Facebook Office 2 Facebook Office 3 7. Nokia Office 2 Nokia Office 3 8. Urban Outfitters Office 2 Urban Outfitters Office 3 Urban Outfitters Office 4 9. White Mountain Office 2 10 Imaginative Offices You Wish You Worked At 10. Inventionland Design Factory 2 Inventionland Design Factory 3 Inventionland Design Factory 4 In a world where big companies are all searching a very limited pool of top end talent, it's as much about the culture and lifestyle of the office, as it is the job. But where are these places? Photos by: Photos by: Photos by: Photos by: Photos by: Photos by: Photos by:

3 Ways to Kill Mold Naturally A proliferation of mold and mildew can be the hallmark of hot and humid summers. I have a friend who has green mold growing on the shoes in her closet! A humidifier might be the best help for her, but there are also three natural materials that can be used as a spray to kill mold and mildew. They are all an excellent substitute for less environmentally safe bleach. Learn these three tricks for killing mold and mildew. One of these you most likely already have in your kitchen cupboard. Over the years I have found three natural ingredients that kill mold: Tea tree oil (an essential oil found in most health food stores), grapefruit seed extract and vinegar. Mold can be dangerous to your health, even if you aren’t allergic. 4 Reasons Why Your Damp House is Wrecking Your Health Tea Tree Treasure Nothing natural works for mold and mildew as well as this spray. 2 teaspoons tea tree oil 2 cups water Combine in a spray bottle, shake to blend, and spray on problem areas. Grapefruit Seed Extract

Renewable Food for Animals & Plants™ | Enterra Feed Corporation Res Old Postcard Images Part 2 Here comes another pack of cool vintage postcards! Same as the previous one, there are 14 high resolution old postcard images (at around 5200x3300px). Some have stamps and postmarks form 1900s. Weather Predict Without Technology How to Weather Forecast And Weather Predict Without Technology We have no control on the weather yet it is a part of our lives which influence what we do, what we eat, what we wear and many times where we live. How did people predict the weather before there was the Internet, television, radio or the weatherperson with all of their gadgets? Modern Tools for Weather Forecasting Doppler radar and high altitude balloons. Weather balloons send back measurements of atmospheric pressures, wind speeds, temperatures, and humidity. Barometers measure air pressure. Watch this video to understand how a barometer works. Anemometers measure air pressure but have no mercury. The Beaufort scale is also used to measure the wind speed. Psychrometers measure relative humidity. Thermometers measures the air temperature. Rain gauges measure the amount of liquid precipitation. Predicting The Weather Before All Of The Modern Technology Step 1 OBSERVATIONS A. B. Crickets are known as a poor man's thermometer. C.

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