Thursday, December 4, 2014

Dec 3. Pollard

On this day it was discovered that a beaver did attach the pollard tree. Though the damage did encircle the tree it doesn't appear to be deep enough to kill the tree. We put a wire cage around the tree to eliminate further damage and will have to see what spring brings...

Sunday, November 23, 2014


We at Erb's Garden have some small qty of seeds available.

Garlic chives; Coleworts; Radish, Spanish Black; Acorn Squash; Skirrets; Dill

Friday, November 21, 2014

Black walnut is my favorite wood

So said Matthew McCann. Well here is a big hunk of it, looking to be crossbows...

The froe helps the wedge go in, the wedge helps the froe come out

The split is perfect, the wood is beautiful

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Clay and fire

So I had a good wood fire going yesterday, and threw in 5 clay balls. They are still warm this morning (it didn't get above freezing). No idea what temp they got to. The balls are very light weight.

We also had success with kiln firing, to cone 016, which is about 1500. Thanks to Lisa Roll Pottery for the kiln time, and the 'after' picture. Https://

Note the color changes, the gray clay fires up red.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014


Woodcarving by the fire. Intending to make a mold for clay tiles. Some clay marbles are in the fire to see how that goes. They were a bit damp when I put them in so I'm expecting a few failures, but I've tried to ease them into it.

I've also enlisted a potter to do a firing for me, wont be able to get more than one before Saturday.

18nov2014 weather report

First day it did not get above freezing. Brr