Making Candles

Ken has bees here.  He is most concerned with having a healthy hive to help with pollination of our crops.  Honey bees also make two useful things for us:honey and beeswax       Ken has been saving wax to make candles.  I got him some molds and wicks a while back.  While cleaning, Ken came across his beeswax stash and decided to make candles. He melts the wax in a pan of water   …

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Making Concrete Forms for Clay

Ken processes clay found on our land .  First he dries the clay completely and then works the clay  into a slip about the consistency of cream or yogurt, then he screens it for impurities and next he has to dry the slip to clay.  He has been leaving open buckets to dry, but he repurposed some screens     These were sprouting racks for grain for the livestock.  He has some newer, improved screens, …

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Ken and the Dry Corn

Ken husked and shelled the dry corn.  He has an antique sheller he has in a box.  It is loud, but effective!         We have two types – a yellow and a blue – black.  Here are the empty cobs.  Ken may burn them to an ash for a pottery glaze.         Then he screens the corn and places in buckets with lids.  This is our dry corn for …

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