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Sunday, 15 July

09:26

Off The Grid Cabin In New Zealand Paradise


Hidden amongst the spectacular mountain ranges of the Kahurangi National park of New Zealand, this beautiful off-the-grid cabin sits in paradise.

Affectionally titled the Honeywell Hut, after its builder Jack Honeywell. The off the grid cabin, although relatively new, looks as though it could have sat on the land for a hundred years.

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Saturday, 14 July

11:05

East Coasters: Join Us Sunday For Makes 2018 Digital Fabrication Shootout Open House Make: DIY Projects and Ideas for Makers

Its that time of year again, when Make:s team of digital fabrication experts gathers an incredible collection of new machines of all types, and pits them against each other in a three-day-long cage match. This years event is led by Matt Stutlz, one again occurring at Ocean State Maker Mill []

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10:25

Regenerative Forest Gardens by Ernst Gotsch


Ernst Gotsch spent years planting a giant 500 hectare (1,200 acre food forest) in Brazil to perfect his techniques. In this video, you can see the results of farmers who have trained with Gotsch and are now applying his methods. The results speak for themselves: truly outstanding, world class. In 18 months you can turn unproductive invasive grassland into a lush food forest. The rows of vegetables in between the tree rows pays for the cost and labor of planting the fruit and timber trees, which means the system pays for itself almost immediately.

This agroforestry farming system isnt your normal good idea. This is rocking academia and industrial agriculture. How can you justify constant spraying and fertilizing, polluting the environment and depleting the soil with modern agriculture when clearly Gotschs food forest method is superior? Think about it: ***Forest gardens improve the soil and environment every year, while industrial agriculture depletes and eventually kills the environment. Its time to change the world. Please share these videos with others.

Whats shown in this video is exactly what Ive been trying to learn the last few years. See last weeks blog post where I describe my dream retirement plan of making a giant food forest like this. Special thanks to Stephen who sent me this link.


Life in Syntropy is the new short film from Agenda Gotsch made specially to be presented at COP21 Paris. This film put together some of the most remarkable experiences in Syntropic Agriculture, with brand new images and interviews. This video includes dramatic aerial footage of his climax forest.

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Ernst is my hero now. He seems like the ultimate teacher for what I want to learn. My biggest surprise is he uses eucalyptus, which is very invasive. Hes learned to control eucalyptus to harvest tons of biomass, create shade and increase soil moisture. Eucalyptus serve as nurse trees for the other trees and plants.

Comment: How long before we see massive country-wide food forest projects? The presenters said this system will work in 80% of Brazil. They could reforest the Amazon in a few decades. Voters should demand change on a massive scale. Theres no excuse not to. Gotsch spent decades to prove the process works on a huge scale. Investors in big agra...

09:53

DIY Salvaged Junk Projects 435 Funky Junk Interiors

Welcome to DIY Salvaged Junk Projects 435 Every Friday, 7 PM through Wednesday 11 PM Pacific   Hi all!  Things in my little La La Land in Maui continue on and also continue to change. Im now rested, however am now feeling restless. This is stage 2 btw. Stage 3 is getting productive in the []

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05:51

BEHR Think Outside the House Challenge 2018

This post is sponsored by BEHRPaint.  All opinions expressed are my own.

Are you thinking outside this summer?
BEHR is having a fantastic giveaway - FOUR $500 The Home Depot gift cards - for their Think Outside the House challenge.

I decided to take on the challenge myself, which was to use BEHR Exterior products to complete a weekend DIY project within a budget of $1,000. Weve been needing an outdoor dining solution for our small deck.  

When space is limited, I always first think up.  This trick applies to tables too - a bar or counter-height table with stools generally takes up less space than a standard dining table with chairs or benches.  

Unable to source the perfect outdoor table that wont blow away in the wind (or blow our budget), we decided to DIY one.  For about $50 in lumber, we built this!

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/b0yJt9xMxVw7hN_KS2Fsj4oQPuwaEbKDHf_3Wfo2JTYzlcWeYrpdTX-LmemamlpvYHWfQww-kTubFLw_EztGymiPVxwiYuu4OVS3_RUpAHF74IxTXP1y0wiqC9tf4mGIUGX4Yz5x

We love how it turned out! And with the help of BEHR MARQUEE Exterior Paint. -

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We are big fans of BEHR MARQUEE Paint...

02:48

Were Hiring: Advertising/Sponsorship Team Members Design*Sponge

Hi everyone! Just a quick programming note: were looking to hire new team members to help with ad/sponsorship sales (remote work, commission-based pay). Want to join our team? Just email us at submissions [AT] designsponge.com for more details and to apply. (Experience in online ad sales required)

You can also view the job listing on Linkedin here.

 

 

02:14

A Tale of Two Contractors Vintage Revivals

This post was sponsored by Travelers Insurance; all opinions are my own.

Hey guys!  Whether youre working on a renovation like the Merc, building a new house, or having some plumbing updated, your contractor is probably THE singular most important decision that you can make. Going into the renovation I wouldnt have thought that, but after almost a year of working with our amazing one, and seeing first hand what happens when you have a crappy one, I stand by that statement.

For those that arent fully immersed in the home building/renovation world a general contractor is the guy that runs the show. He hires the sub contractors (like plumbers, electricians, drywallers etc.) and makes sure that everyone is showing up, doing their work, and getting paid. Most subs are pretty loyal to their general, so just like like things attract, if you get a great general, youll have great subs.

Like I mentioned earlier, Ive seen first hand what its like when you have a great contractor and a not great one.

Being the unconventional space that the Merc is and unconventional level of DIY that needed to happen, we werent sure how to even find a general contractor. The bank and the city told us that we needed one. But where do you even start?! Funny thing, we were initially working with a different one at the beginning of this whole journey. At the last minute he decided to bow out, which at the time seemed pretty devastating, but like everything else in the Merc turned into a huge miracle.

As most of you know, my in-laws recently built a new house (you can see it he...

00:00

Studio Tour: Filling Spaces Design*Sponge

When Deepali Kalia first moved from her home country of India to the United States, she was fascinated by the amount of Indian textiles being used in the design industry and stores where she worked. Having her own skills and background in textiles and design, she decided to begin creating her own line of home goods and clothing with her own signature style. She partnered with her sister, Nanu Khanna, and began her own shop Filling Spaces.

While Deepali manages the business stateside in Portland, OR, her sister Nanu oversees the production and manufacturing process from their studio in Delhi. Today we not only get to take a peek inside their studio, but Deepali is sharing her journey as a small business owner with some tips for growing a happy and successful shop. Caitlin

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Friday, 13 July

22:49

A Makerspace in a Shopping Mall Makes all the Sense in the World Make: DIY Projects and Ideas for Makers

Step inside the Olympian City shopping mall in Hong Kong and youll see a glossy, modern commercial center, with the same stores and outlets found in just about every mall around the globe. As you reach the top of the escalator on the third floor, however, one element stands out []

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22:35

Rising From The Ashes of a Makerspace Fire Make: DIY Projects and Ideas for Makers

Looking forward, we will never be able to replace everything that was lost, or rebuild the same space. We absolutely will build a great space though, where people can come learn, teach, and make.

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