Monthly Archives: November 2011

Get your Chop on!

Well, well, well.  We just can’t seem to stop doing stuff!! The last two Thursdays with the students have actually been a little more project based.  Ideally, that is what the apprenticeship will involve: Identify the need and solve for a pattern of solutions, rather than just one.

Remember when I posted about us denailing Jotoba (brazillian cherry) wood for Wooden Sheep?

Of course you.

Well we got to help with Phase 2: assembly and gluing.  This commissioned job is for The Butcher, an art gallery on Bay Street.  Dilated Spectrum, our in-house graphics and screen print company, completed the graphics package and now Wooden Sheep  is completing custom orders as well.

Plain and simple: the design is a cleaver. Easy enough!

Glue is setting, so next phase….heavy machinery planing operation for the students!   Well, we might just have to work up to that one. Enjoy, cause I surely am!

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Window Sash, Polyethylene and Brick…Oh My!

Hello all. So here are a couple of images of the next big project for the apprenticeship!!! These are the conceptual drawings thus far.  They will be edited, refined and rendered oh in the next 7 days!!!  The final designs will be submitted to multiple funding opportunities to help support this dream become a reality!

This “educational” greenhouse incorporates modern technology with old and new gardening techniques.  The Savannah High Greenhouse Project will be using this facility for annual production of produce and plants.  Multiple educational projects will take place on site ranging from basic horticultural skills, reclamation of construction materials, compost production from all waste and carpentry projects.  Students will be able to participate in every phase of the construction: design, material preparation, on-site build and garden preparation.  And this isn’t just for the kids…entities such as Savannah Urban Gardens,  Well Fed Savannah, Savannah Technical College, Harambee House, Wooden Sheep, Southern Pine and Dilated Spectrum will all have a chance to get their hands dirty in this project!

Off the grid greenhouse to include…

  • Vertical growth of cucumbers and tomatoes
  • Horizontal lettuce growth with vermicompost system: Yay worms!
  • Rain collection with irrigation system powered by solar energy
  • Passive cooling and heating techniques incorporating a double envelope cavity
  • Permeable brick paver foundation
  • Reclaimed window sash, studs, timber and brick
  • Solexx Polyethylene 5mm rolled roofing panels
  • Solar powered vent openers
Feedback is encouraged!!!! What is missing, what else should be incorporated?  Sorry, no private hot tub will be included with this project.

Get out of the pool and into the greenhouse

Hey everyone! The countdown is ON.  Two weeks left to collect my thoughts and regurgitate it into a successful project.  And of course, at the end of any design project, new discoveries are made they make you want to throw out everything you’ve been putting your heart and soul into and change direction.

Well, not me!  Or atleast, I just have to tell myself that!

I ran across this design: Garden Pool…an un-used in-ground pool converted into a viable greenhouse.  Genius! Who needs to be in a chlorinated body of water soaking up harmful UV rays anyway??  Take a look see, and pass this along to anyone that might be interested in producing their own food, growing fish, trying out shelfponics and saving money!! Warning: the website is a little tricky to navigate, but there are some good tutorials to further explain design details.  Enjoy! More project updates soon!