Building a Better Incubator – Arduino Style
Feb11

Building a Better Incubator – Arduino Style

I’ve selected a container for the incubator that should serve as a nice insulated box and viewing window. The goal with the first incubator is to focus primarily on the function and much less on the form that it takes. I’d like to keep my cost on this project under $100 as a cheap proof of concept. The main expenses will be the electronics (motor, relay, sensors, etc). I’ll try to itemize out the pieces that...

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Automated Chicken Egg Incubator
Jan11

Automated Chicken Egg Incubator

A Little Bit of Background I’ve recently learned about an Open Source software/hardware project named Arduino. It’s basically a programmable mini computer that lets you create an “if-then” system. If the project that I’m getting ready to explain seems a bit foreign, you may want to check out the Ted Video from Massimo Bizo (co-founder) – Below. He does a great job of explaining the versatility of...

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Doing my part to support Bee City USA, Asheville NC
Oct09

Doing my part to support Bee City USA, Asheville NC

I’m proud to live in the first nationally recognized Bee City USA. I’ve only recently become a beekeeper but I’m already hooked on these little guys. I first got the bug by watching a great TED Talk: Then when a friend of mine asked me to be involved with the Organic Growers School here in Asheville it gave me the opportunity to sit in on a Kenyan Top Bar Bee Hive class. I started with a traditional Langstroth Nuke...

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The not so small, soon to be, Tiny Home Headquarters of Asheville
Oct09

The not so small, soon to be, Tiny Home Headquarters of Asheville

Built during the summer of 1929 on the west side of Asheville North Carolina. It sits on 2 acres of terraced woods with a 1/2 acre field towards the back of the property. It needs a bit of TLC but I wouldn’t have it any other way. Let the projects begin… Money Shot The Back Field Front Porch Side Porch Office Hidden Outdoor Fireplace 250 Year Old Maple Tree Front Staircase Driveway View...

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Boom Chicka Boom, Backyard Chickens
Dec18

Boom Chicka Boom, Backyard Chickens

Meet Captain Wonky and Ethel Chicken Experience Disclaimer Although my experience raising chickens has not been very lengthy, and to be completely honest I think I’ve lost more chickens than I currently have now, It’s been very rewarding and educational. I currently have 19 Hens and 2 Roosters (as of December 2012). I’ve been wanting to start a spin-off blog about backyard chickens for a while now and just...

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New Shipping Container Design for the NC Mountains
Mar12

New Shipping Container Design for the NC Mountains

The new Shipping Container Home Design is based around one forty foot container and four twenty foot containers. It features a large sun room built on top of the forty foot shipping container. The lower level is a two car garage, workshop and gust bedroom with a single bath. The second level up is the main living room and Kitchen that opens up into the sun room. The top level is the master bedroom and bath with a large porch. The roof...

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The Airstream Dream in America
Jan03

The Airstream Dream in America

I was helping a friend move the other day and while unloading the storage space I noticed this beauty sitting in the back of the lot that we were working in. To me, The Airstream represents the American dream that almost became a reality. Spirit of the Airstream For almost a decade the Airstream captured the hearts and adventuresome spirits of so many in this country. One trip after another (from the storage space to the Uhaul) I kept...

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