3d Seed cups

Today we made up a bunch of of seed cups, it was snowing outside and we are stuck in the house again. I drew up and printed out these seed cup makers a week ago. This was their big test they work great. I made about a hundred and fifty cups it took me 10 to get the system down so they looked good. The cup makers cost about a dollar in material to print. I had economy of material in mind when I made them. I am trying putting together a rig to recycle ABS and other plastics direct to filament, but for now I have to buy rolls. The black plastic troth I thought I would show off also. It is a watering rig for the chickens. It has a removable strainer and attaches to 2 liter bottles. I will take pictures of it once I get it setup. If it ever decides to get above freezing.

I do not “Prep” but if I did, printers would be at the top of my list. Things are made to throw away anymore. They have crapy little plastic parts that can’t be replaced easily without a 3d printer. I have not had one for long but It gets almost constant use. They are simple machines but a bit finicky. If your not mechanically inclined you might want to avoid them for a few more years.

These are some of favorite reference guides for mushrooms and homesteading. I was going to do a write up but there are too many. There are actually quite a few more than these but these are the most referenced. The last picture is for scale. My wife and I have too many books. There is actually this again scattered around the house. I blame the winters.

Gypsy Chicken Coop – The Build

Gypsy chicken coop – The build 

I have a habit of making projects bigger then they need be. The gypsy wagon coop is probably one of the best examples. But like everything else it was fun I learned some important lessons.

Draw up your coop and be detailed
I model up things all the time a good percentage of my job is drawing, and I know the value of good plans. If you cannot draw it you are unlikely to be able to build it. Take time and be detailed. Some people can build anything right out of their head but most people can’t so draw it up. I actually printed cutting patterns and over lays. People pay big bucks for good plans so put in the time. 



Dream big but not too big.
I did not do this so well this time. Your plans need to match your budget and the materials you plan to use. My budget was 300$. I came in at about that but used a lot of left over materials and cut back my design to fit my budge. Two of biggest problems for me on this build were warped wood and bad tires. They were two areas that I cut back on and both cost me huge in time and quality. If I do another one I will budget more for better quality lumber, and get the nice tires.



The build itself
It was AWSOME even with the warped lumber. I learned some new tools like the nail gun, I love the nail gun. Over all though I had good plans so everything built pretty fast. I ended up stopping short of my grand design, but that was fine with me. I have good working coop that is fun and attractive. Also towards the end I got the entire family in on it and that was fun.



It has been a season now, and the coop has done great


Your work shows a huge amount both creative freedom and mastery of materials. To be frank, it looks amazingly fun. I want to give my children license and tools to have that kind of fun. Any advice? What encouraged you most?


Thank you for the kind words. To be honest the work is rarely fun. The fun I do find in the work manifest self just before and during me in the client come to an agreement. Then the reality hits… A formidable journey begins. But not saying it’s fun does not mean it’s rewarding. There always involves a new challenge, asking even more from the materials, and new problems to solve. Ultimately arriving to a new understanding that they work should physically represent. The freedom of the work is a byproduct of bravery in searching deep in for internally, in my mind, to envision the form that excites me. It’s just like hunting and when I find the form I have to develop a relationship with it. Sometimes it’s so alien with a mixture of feeling of being so right and so wrong at the same time. From this perspective I view all past works as milestones in my life. For the work to even happen so much has to be in place.
You asked what encourage me the most. Forgive the ambiguity of my answer which is circumstance. Circumstance because I have always have had a need to create and at the same time I have always had a problem with authority. I have never been successful working for someone else. So, the birth of my professional career as an artist started at those crossroads.
As far as the tools to give a child, I compare children to grapes in a vineyard. It’s not the grapes that have plenty of sun and plenty of rain and ideal temperature that create the good wines. Good wine comes from complexity and complexity stems from a grape that he’s been stressed.
Personally my childhood was fair. I was one of those children raised by after school programs and a daycare until I was in my preteens. I believe that this is why I am rebellious, have a little trust in social systems, and always needing to be in nature.
I am working towards giving my children the tools you speak of. As a father I believe that raising them as independent as they can be is a good method. I want them to see my wife and I striving for an independence and self-reliance. I desire that my children see my wife and I excited and happy about doing so. I want them to see us discovering new things and new subjects. I believe the children should be brought into the understanding that failure equals life experience. It’s the life experience that is sought after more so than a victory. Ideally I prefer that my children, at a young age, will be able to recognize an opportunity, understand it’s a value, and be brave enough to seize it.
Forgive my reply for being long-winded. But I do I hope my reply finds you doing well.


Thanks! I really like your grapes metaphor, and think I see what you meant by circumstance. I have always viewed the kids as plans in a garden rather then fruit. I might have to explore grape thinking a bit. I always think of fruit as the end of things rather then the beginning….

Also totally agree about “Social systems” They all to often seem to me to be trying to produce Roundup Ready people. In holding with my metaphor, not yours. Perhaps dried out raisins in yours.
Thanks again

Bear’s Head Tooth Mushroom


Bear’s Head Tooth Mushroom – Hericium americanum
It tastes like lobster or crab if prepared in butter, but can be bitter if old. It is also a great medical mushroom sort of a mental stimulant. It grows on living and dead deciduous trees. It can grow quite high in the tree. So you may have to climb to get one. Happy Hunting

@burningbayleaves – Also called Lions Mane. It is a good beginners mushroom. No deadly look a likes, no gills, etc. Cut close to the tree as you can but do not get the wood, and do not rip them off. It varies in appearance greatly so do your research before you try it. The above are all Hericium but not all Hericium americanum. Both are edible and yummy though. I find a lot of them. Happy Hunting