Grill forge

I have read most of the homemade forge instructables posted here, but I don't think any of them would work for me, because in my fascist city, you are not allowed to burn ANYTHING except for cooking purposes (technically even fire pits are illegal). My idea was to get a cheap grill lid that I can put on my charcoal grill. I would then cut holes in it for air flow (a hairdryer, of course) and an opening. Would this be an effective forge? I need it for detempering, annealing and tempering blades. Also, what fuel would you recommend using (as in, a certain kind of charcoal/wood)? I am making throwing knives and I have every other thing I need. I'll probably make a slideshow when I'm done, as making knives is a pretty well 'ibled subject.

Posted by Wolf Seril 10 years ago


Backyard Rockets Book on Sale Now

Ladies and gentlemen, we humbly present to you a book containing the instructions for creating rockets in the comfort and privacy of your own backyard. Backyard Rockets contains a compendium of devices that shoot, fire, explode, throw, toss, or propel. With projects like the vacuum-cleaner bazooka, you'll be flinging things into the air in no time. Mikeasaurus put this one together, so you know it's gonna be fun. Bonus for Pro members: you can buy the book at a discount from ThinkGeek. And if you're keen on launching things, we just so happen to be running a Launch It! Contest from May 27th to June 24th, 2013 (and probably again at some point, those contests are always fun.) Because you’re a longtime Instructables fan (an assumption I’m making since you’re reading our forums), you’re probably not the target audience for these books. You’ve seen the projects before, commented on them, favorited them, and know where to go if you need instructions. These are more for those of you whose parents don’t quite get what you mean when you talk about Instructables, who have a friend who’d love the site but isn’t really an internet person, or who know a camp counselor who is tired of all the tie-dye stains on their nice shorts. So buy a copy. Give it to someone you love. Or give it to someone who you think might singe off their eyebrows by failing to follow safety protocols when making backyard rockets, thus allowing you the chance to steal their date to the movies since eyebrows always beats no eyebrows unless you are Stan Sitwell.

Posted by wilgubeast 5 years ago


airsoft

Ideas for airsoft backyard battles

Posted by tomcat955 9 years ago


backyard airsoft

I live in Ohio and i was wondering if i can play airsoft in my back yard.  i only have one fence one one side of my yard

Posted by minecraftpotato 4 years ago


How to enter space orbit using raw humanpower!!!

Hi all! I was wondering what it would take and if it is even possible to reach space atmosphere from your backyard using nothing but humanoid musclepower to reach the outscirts of the earths atmosphere! to reduce weight i would suggest to put on a licht as can be space suit, strap on some oxigentanks and go, go GO! But, what device would be best suited for the job?\ And what would you "absolutely" need to reach outside of our atmosphere? Greetings earthlings!

Posted by AriedeB 6 years ago


Call for new Backyard FX host (Indy Mogul)

Our friends over at Indy Mogul are looking for a new host/producer to replace Erik in the Backyard FX show!  I'm betting someone from Instructables would be a perfect fit.  They want you to make an audition episode by February 28 - anyone up for it?  Check out their previous work for ideas.  Video posting on Instructables here, and more on the Indy Mogul website.

Posted by canida 8 years ago


stop pigeons feeding with doves

Is it possible to feed doves in the backyard and to exclude pigeons from the feeder ?

Posted by ischneid188 1 year ago


Build a wood greenhouse - Guide to build it -

I built a wood greenhouse on my backyard. Free guide:http://www.usa-gardening.com/greenhouse/greenhouse.html

Posted by jardinier 5 years ago



There's ducks in my Backyard

So a while back, a duck found the top of a shed a good place for nesting in my backyard. Me and my step dad talked about it and we're thinking of raising the ducklings once they hatch. We're building a pond and whatever else comes to mind that duckings would need. Has anything like this happened to any of you before? I fell dumb for asking , but is this a good idea to raise ducks from the wild as pets? (I've never heard of a story in the news where a duck has harmed a person before so...) Has anyone raised a duck before? What are your thoughts on this? haha, if we really do this, I could probably post an instructable on how to raise ducks if this goes well. Here's some pictures of the duck that's on the shed.

Posted by TZ Inc 8 years ago


The Daily Birder

   Hey guys! I'm starting a new blog devoted to birding and attracting birds to your backyard. So check it out at: http://thedailybirder.wordpress.com/.

Posted by irish death1 8 years ago


use cam from RC helicopter

I found a MJX T40C in my backyard. How can I use the cam without the helicopter? What voltage does it use? Thanx in advance! Taeke

Posted by tkonig 5 years ago


How to store electrical energy

Hi,    I'm planning on making a windmill in our backyard since it's usually windy.  My problem is how to best store the electrical energy generated by the windmill for later use.  Any suggestions?  Thanks.

Posted by pinoymale 8 years ago


potato cannons

Hey, just wanted to see everyone's potato cannon designs. please post yours and I will post mine. a great instructional book on how to make these can be found at your local library, called backyard ballistics.

Posted by nerfer 9 years ago


One time video camera goes aloft

Joe Manico at Kodak built an aerial video vehicle with a $20 one-time-use video camera -- and some clever backyard engineering with soda pop bottles, a golf bag cart, and duct tape.Have a look:http://joemanico.1000nerds.kodak.com

Posted by davekny 11 years ago


Tailgating Gone Wrong

Or maybe this is an example of tailgating the right way? To be honest, I've never been into the whole tailgating thing and like a regular bbq in the park or in a backyard. But if you love your recently bisected vehicle and want to turn it into a grilling machine, then check this out.via Core77

Posted by fungus amungus 9 years ago


Homemade Snow Maker

This is my homemade snow maker. I came up with the design and built it completely on my own and it works fantastic. This video is how much snow it made in about a minute at marginal snowmaking temperatures. Tell me what you think and rate 5!

Posted by Electroinnovation 7 years ago


Ten year old boy builds a snow machine!

"WEST LINN, Ore. - Talk about ingenuity - a 10-year-old boy built his own snow machine and filled his backyard with enough snow to make it look like a blizzard had blown through."Read More...3 feet of snow in one night!

Posted by Weissensteinburg 10 years ago


I have an animal Problem

So i was exploring my backyard woods, when i came across an animal burrow. This worries me because it's roughly a foot in diameter and located near our chicken coop. so i need ideas to drive this animal away. I have a bb gun and no trapping license or real gun.

Posted by DELTAWOLF05 10 years ago


Highlights section, bad url for the Hydroponics channel

Highlights section, bad url for the hhttps://www.instructables.com/tag/type-id/category-workshop/channel-hydroponics/ hhttp??? until fixed, just get rid of the extra H this is site wide, but occurred on https://www.instructables.com/tag/type-id/category-workshop/keyword-backyard%20projects/   among other pages

Posted by leesha_kajira 5 years ago


Barefoot Waterskiing, Mini S'Mores Grill, Burger Recipes

  Barefoot Waterskiing Mini S'mores Grill Burger Recipes Chocolate Stuffed Strawberries Tetris Ice Cubes PVC Sprinkler Toy Cooking From Scratch DIY Barbecue Sauce Memorial Day How to Fish USB Flag Memorial Backyard Theatre Fly a Kite Grilled Eggplant Parmesan Build a Water Mortar  

Posted by randofo 8 years ago


HELP! BORDEM IS STRIKING!!

I really, really, really need ideas for what to outside... I have a friend who is my age (12-13), I am not playing with fire, no g-friend, no drinking (these 'no' things mean i cant), and I have a 25 foot rope tied to a tree in my backyard... and lots of mud... and ballons (non-water)... ideas!!! please!!! Thank everyone who has posted and/or will post!

Posted by ellomate56 11 years ago


Cheap LED's in your backyard

I was reading another post from last year and got the idea to go to walmart and check it out.  Sure enough I found LED's on sale (after christmas sale).  I figured I would have to buy strings of them, but they had the replacement LED's on sale at 37 cents for a 4 pack.   After tax it comes out to just under 10 cents each, which isnt as cheap as you can buy them from online suppliers, but its a lot less expensive than paying radio shack 80-1.25 cents apiece!   I got a bunch of white and colored (Red, Blue, Yellow, Green).   I think I bought around 60 packages of them (240 LEDS).   I'm going to go back tomorrow and see if they will give me even more of a discount if I buy them all!  They are easy to remove, just unbend the leads and pull them out!   Now I have to figure out what the voltage and amperage is, since it doesnt list it on the packs.

Posted by pennsteve 8 years ago


Remelting Plastics

Has anyone experienced remelting plastics from around the house/recycling bin in order to cast objects? After reading about the backyardfoundry for aluminun and such, I realized that I'm much more interested in plastic and casting plastic parts and art things. Also, it could be cheap and plentiful. I have the moldmaking knowledge for aluminun and bronze but want a plastic medium for the casting material so I can work at home/backyard without the foundry equipment.

Posted by Bug2k 10 years ago


vr rc spy car

I was interested in a wireless spy car to use in my backyard (to hunt for a waskaley groundhog : elmer fudd) now i was looking in Make mag and i found this( http://makezine.com/14/bajabuggy ). it really dosent tell u how. now i already have a rc car (Traxxas vxl Bandit) and i dont wont to destroy it or buy a new car it cost $300. so i wont to know how i can still use a servo without connecting it to to bandit wiring and for cheap

Posted by 808665 10 years ago


How to make your own Quidditch Goals

Does anyone have any plans to make your own backyard Quidditch Goals? We started an annual Thanksgiving Day Quidditch Game & it was a huge hit. We used hula hoops hung from trees as the goals but now I want to make something more permanent, well permanent in that I would like to be able to remove the posts & hoops from the yard & store them when not in use. I am thinking metal, maybe copper.  Any ideas? Anyone? Thanks

Posted by lunastyx 8 years ago


Help Making Papercrete Garden

Hello, I was thinking about ripping out all the rotted wood in my backyard garden and replacing it with basically a waist high garden area to grow herbs and I stumbled upon papercrete one day. I've never used papercrete let alone concrete in general. I was just wondering if I could get some general help on where to start. I'd like to make this out of papercrete block and papercrete mortar if all possible but I don't know what amount of newspaper, water, and portland concrete I need... or even how to make molds. -Jimmy

Posted by rexdino5 5 years ago


INVENTOR SEARCH FOR TELEVISION!

Hello Instructables! My name is Nic and I work for Discovery Channel Canada. Our premiere show Daily Planet is current looking for any wild and crazy backyard inventors for our new fall season! So if you have a great invention and think you'd be good on TV, send me a private message describing your invention and a bit about yourself. We're focusing mainly in Canada and the United States but everyone from around the world is welcome! We're still looking and still hoping to hear back from more inventors!

Posted by Daily Planet 9 years ago


Insulating Ducts

I was thinking about opening one side or the top of the "metal box" that "insulates" the out/intake ducts of HVAC unit, and filling that space with styrofoam popcorn used for shipping fragile stuff. We recently had a couple of trees cut down in the backyard and now our HVAC unit is completely exposed to the sun for most of the day! We bought a shade to set up but I was thinking the styrofoam would just be a little bit more of a help! What do you think? All ideas and advice would be greatly appreciated!

Posted by thickneckarts 8 years ago


Another observation of incipient speciation in the wild

A report in Science News this week reports on observations of German blackcaps, which are apparently splitting into two separate, non-reproducing populations, and which are developing distinct appearances along the to becoming separate species.  Since the 1960s, the two populations have developed different wintering migration habits: the original blackcaps migrated from Germany to Spain and back again, while the new population overwinters in England(!), relying on the vast number of backyard feeders (yes, this is all your fault, Kiteman!).  Yet another beautiful example of careful observation in the wild of natural selection and its consequences.

Posted by kelseymh 8 years ago


3D Spherical Display, Tailgate Hot Tub, Turkey Recipe

3D Spherical Display Tailgate Hot Tub Ultimate Turkey Recipe Modular Pie Cosahedron 4-Minute Chocolate Mousse How to Microwave Corn Award-Winning Pumpkin Pie Homemade Pie Crust Easy Knit Hat Pattern Make Infused Oil Classic Gravy Recipe Blinking Bicyclist Armband Turn a Belt Into a Pen Mysterious Ring Magic Trick Installing Chair Rail Make a Backyard Path Arduino Music Responsive Light Instructables.com - 82 2nd St. - San Francisco, CA

Posted by randofo 7 years ago


Free Fruit from your Neighbors

This nytimes article shows just how easy it can be to get free local fruit from trees in your neighborhood. If it's hanging over onto public property, you can go for it. Of course, it's even better to meet the owner and even trade some of your own bounty.I do this pretty often. In my own backyard I get free figs from one neighbor's tree that extends into our space, raspberries off a vine on our fence and oranges from a tree in our yard. Neighbor, Can You Spare a Plum?

Posted by fungus amungus 9 years ago


Is it already snowing in your town?

So I was wondering if it had already snowed in your town and if so how much? I live in Belgium, Limburg, Bilzen and our whole country is getting huge snowfall like I have only seen once in my short 20 year life. At home we have about 10 cm of snow lying and more is still falling out of the sky... Heathrow in the UK has apperantly shut down and many UK people are stuck in our airports (Zaventem, etc) now and problems with transportation are rising in my country and neighbouring ones. So how's the situation with you guys? Enclosed a picture of my backyard at around 2 in the afternoon.

Posted by MichelMoermans 7 years ago


My big telescope project

I'm starting to design a very large telescope for my "backyard", ideally it will be a 1 meter (or larger) Prime Focus Telescope. I am in the process of engineering the primary mirror and have concluded that I need to create an array of small hexagon mirrors similar to the Keck Observatory but smaller. This will decrease the quality of the telescope but it will make the project affordable. The biggest problem with this design is that the mirrors have to be exactly placed and tilted to form the a perfect parabolic curve, and frankly I have no idea how to practically do that. If anyone has an idea about how this can be done or questions about my project i would be glad to hear from you.

Posted by Twlight 9 years ago


Cutting gaps in wood?

Alright, so I have this plank of wood, it's been sitting in my backyard for a long time, so I figured I'd do something with it. I cut a piece off and the dimensions are about 3.5" long, 2.75" wide, and 5/8" thick. I want to know (because I can't think of a way) if there's a way to cut a gap in the wood so I could put something inside with minimal cutting. It's really hard for me to explain, so you might need to check the pictures. I was thinking about using my Dremel, but I still don't know how that would work out. I have lots of wood to waste, so any ideas would help. Thanks!

Posted by Bran 11 years ago


New Bug Report

My Instructables iPhone app crashes every time I attempt to save to Instructables.com. I save to my device before saving to Instructables.com. I have deleted and reloaded the app with no further success. 1. iPhone 5 - iOS version 8.3 (12F70) 2. Instructables Mobile App version 2.63.4 3. The draft I am currently attempting to upload is Backyard Party And Ambiance Lighting 4. I am unable to capture a screen shot of the crash. 5. I created a draft on my phone that includes steps with text and photos. When I press "send to Intructables.com", my app crashes. 6. I have allowed your app to use my cellular data.

Posted by Tater Zoid 3 years ago


The Hardships of moving around the house. And mariage.

Well, my dad is getting married in a few weeks and we need another room for my new brother. No where to go but the garage. We are turning it into a playroom and my room. There is a 9' by 9' outcroping from it which will be my room room. The problem? Two things. First, I won't be able to post my air cannon, my PVC water blaster, or my solution to the water crisis. That means no Instructables for a while, at least not instructables that don't fit on my desk. Problem two, all my building supplies are in a box in the back of the shed and the workbench that I used so much is now in ashes in the backyard. While your thinking about how bad this sucks, look at these pictures. :)

Posted by ry25920 10 years ago


11-Year-Old Boy Bites Pitbull to Ward off Attack!

I'm sorry. I just had to.I saw this article and immediately thought, "This would be perfect for the "Offbeat" section back at the I'bles forums:Offbeat - Man Bites DogSee?SAO PAULO, Brazil - An 11-year old boy is in Brazil's media spotlight after sinking his teeth into the neck of a dog that attacked him. Local newspapers reported on Thursday that Gabriel Almeida was playing in his uncle's backyard in the city of Belo Horizonte when a pit bull named Tita lunged at him and bit him in the left arm.Almeida grabbed the dog by the neck and bit back — biting so hard that he lost a canine tooth.Wow.Full article here via MSNBC

Posted by Labot2001 10 years ago


Any project ideas for a 21 year old unemployed high school graduate?

I have an unemployed 21-year old high school drop-out son, who has been in rehab several times. His dad is letting him stay with us, temporarily, despite my saying I want him out. (Son's room-mate is suddenly all excited about being a Jehovah's Witness -- my son's pagan lifestyle is not jelling well.) Being co-dependent and all, I am trying to find some kind of project to keep him busy and act as "barter for rent". We live in a culture-starved, neighborhood covenants enforcing, Republican or Die, suburban neighborhood. Backyard. Already have a shed -- although it's probably going to need to be replaced sometime. My son is very good at barbecueing. Any ideas?

Posted by LauraGrimes 10 years ago


I realize this (CNET mention of Instructables) is old news and it was probably posted when it happened...

But as long as I have been going to CNET's site, this is the FIRST time I have seen this: Instructables link from CNETMaker Faire: CNET visits the tech DIY show MEET YOUR MAKER.(4/21/2006; updated 4/28/2006)Are you a compulsive tech tinkerer, a closet MacGyver? Do you wish science fairs weren't just for students? Well, now there's an event for you: the first Maker Faire, where backyard inventors show off their projects and demonstrate how you can build them, too. CNET's on the scene, checking out the fashions, the music, the gadgets, the robots, the tech running on alternative energy--from steam to biodiesel to, yes, trampoline--and, of course, the homemade rockets... Turning a VCR into a cat feeder....Dinosaur sitings !

Posted by Goodhart 10 years ago


HGTV Home Renovation & New England Patriots FLASH MOB!!!

HGTV is looking for football and home renovation fanatics, who would LOVE to be part of a FLASH MOB! If you love home makeovers, yard work and want to be part of a huge New England Patriots themed FLASH MOB, come volunteer your time and help homeowners renovate their backyard for a new TV show! WHERE: Foxboro, MA WHEN: Tues. May 8th Thurs. 10th Sat. 12th Wed. 16th (Come out for one day or all four!) Here’s your chance to meet new people, see how TV works and be part of a flash mob that will blow homeowners and TV viewers away! If you're interested and available on any of the dates, please RSVP yes and BE SURE to email us at renovationflashmob@gmail.com with your contact information, so we can get in touch with you about all the specifics!

Posted by Powderhouse 6 years ago


Water Recycling with a Hydroponic Bog Garden

Clean water - we all need it.  Treating and reusing sewage and other waste water means reducing the burden on the already limited supply of water from our lakes, rivers, and underground aquifers. Instructables user Biotank posted this excellent Hydroponic bog garden. It's the final step in a series of sewage water treatments, and uses bacteria to clean the water even further so it can be used for irrigation.  This system can be combined with a garden for water-loving plants as shown here, or with a fish pond.  While this bog garden isn't likely to fit in your backyard, it's a great example of thinking outside the box to solve the problem of water reuse!  Check it out, and get inspired. What are you doing to conserve or reuse water?  What would you like to do? This post has been sponsored by Pepsi. The Pepsi Refresh Project celebrates the people, businesses, and non-profits with ideas that will have a positive effect on our world.

Posted by canida 8 years ago


calling "real" airsoft players

When i say airsoft for "reals" i mean not springers unless it is a high quality sniper rifle. and by high quality i mean 250 for stock gun and 800 dollars more in upgrades... just wondering, anyone else rock AEG's, gas pistols, sniper rifles?.. etc.... familiar with brands like tokyo marui, classic army, ics, g&g, tanaka, western arms, etc etc. also... not playing in parks, backyards... in the house. or places that will ruin the sport by getting shot to death by cops. even if it does have an orange tip, cops come anyways when they're called. and yes they are ready to blast you away if they feel their life is in danger... legally too. i would know. personal experience which was years ago. by no means am i bashing people.. im not saying that playing with springers is not okay, i understand not everybody has the time or money. its just i noticed a lack of any airsoft instructables for those serious about the sport?... and yes i've spent well into the thousands for the sport, no i dont think its a waste of money, i have a lot of fun doing my thing.

Posted by rchocobo 10 years ago


Shameless self promotion

I'm not sure why I waited so long to post about this but something pretty cool happened to me because of my last contest entry. I entered mySolar Thermally Pumped Hydroponic System in the "keep the bottle" contest. For some reason I didn't win ;-), however, shortly after the contest I received a PM. The PM was from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, they were putting on a conference on Ecological Urbanism and they wanted my project to go on display for six weeks. I, of course, was honored and after negotiating an enormous fee (j/k) I shipped the project up to them.Recently while looking for some more info on the subject I stumbled across their Flickr Pool and two photos of my project. I have to say, it's almost fantastic that a project, composed primarily of empty soda bottles could go from my backyard to the halls of Harvard.And, obviously, this would never have happened if Instructables didn't exist, so my heartfelt appreciation to Eric and the fine people behind the scenes of the website. So without further ado, the pictures.

Posted by Tool Using Animal 9 years ago


Simple LED question... if you know how to do the math!

A few years ago, I found a plastic pumpkin with a "faux flame" set up inside of it. I liked the idea of it and am trying to replicate it to make a few faux flame torches around my backyard for halloween this year. The idea is that there is a small 12v fan near the top of a tube. There two or three leds glued around the top of the tube. The fan blows a flame shaped piece of fabric up and the leds light it up to look like fire. (possible future instructable?) Unfortunately, I don't know much about circuits and the math of electricity. I found a small fan (12vdc .13a) and 2 red leds (2.6v). I hooked them up in parallel with a 12v 1amp wall wort coverter but nothing happens. I have done a little reading online and wonder about needing a resistor in front of the leds. I wanted to hook it up in parallel to get the fan to work at full speed to make the fabric really blow. From all the circuits I have seen online, this one seems really simple, if I knew what I was doing. Can anyone draw me up a simple diagram? What am I goofing up on here? Thanks! Matt

Posted by mckeephoto 10 years ago


Gigantic Scrabble

Scrabble is an obsession and I can completely understand why a couple would show so much love for the game that they would make an absolutely huge waterproof version for their backyard. Yup, it's lawn Scrabble and there's nothing wrong with that.He fashioned the board from pavers laid in a bed of sand — 225 of them, to be exact. He installed them all in one day and had the back pain to prove it.Jane Crane painted the bonus square in the proper colors and made letter tiles from craft-store wood plaques. She took apart shelves and reconfigured the pieces to make tile racks, and pavers and tiles were sealed to prevent water damage.Now Scrabble games at the Crane house are a physical as well as mental pursuit. The players have to get out of their seats to place their tiles on the board and pick new ones from the selection spread out face down in the grass.They haven't faced many challenges, other than having to light patio torches when darkness falls or dealing with the few times their dog, Maggie, has run across the game board. If it rains, they just take the game inside — on a regulation Scrabble board, that is.But you know, Jane Crane said, it's not as much fun. Link via Neatorama

Posted by fungus amungus 9 years ago


Closed system-conductive heating of pool with solar

Hi clever folks, We've been reading the Instructables for making solar hot water systems to heat a swimming pool (4000 litres) in our very shaded backyard (in Australia). We like the idea of using a coil of black poly pipe or garden hose laid out in the sun to heat up and then pumping this through the pool during the day, but the thought of bacteria building up in the pipe has struck fear in us! Sooooo....we may need another plan. I've read way too much on Legionalla and now think it would be safer to have a closed system. What we had in mind is a network of thin poly pipe either in 2D or 3D that would float (or be weighted slightly to sit in a good portion of the water "column"in the pool) and connect this to a long length of black polypipe that would receive solar heating. Obviously this would be a heating system that takes place when no one is using the pool (i.e. when the kids are at school). We'd keep a pool blanket on to insulate it too. When someone wants to use the pool, which would typically be in the evening for us, we'd remove this so-called radiator. Hopefully it would not be too heavy as the thin poly pipe network will be filled with water. Hmmm...so tempting to try it this weekend. We just would love to hear from folks that have knowledge to share on these topics. Thank you, Elise

Posted by ebb_au 4 years ago


Gift Exchanger

My skills include: Simple sewing, mad creativity, problem-solving. What I'd like to make for someone: I'd love to make someone a rig for spinning (e.g. poi, wand, or staff) I'd be willing to make this size gift package for someone (choose all that apply): if "size" means "budget" i would say small. if "size" means "physical size", any of the above. I'd be willing to receive a smaller or larger size gift package from someone than the one I make for someone else: Why sure! What I like: I love to spin poi (regular, LED and fire) and the wand, make music, eat, snuggle, dress up in costumes, swim and camp. This year will be my first trip to Burning Man so I'm spending a lot of time making things for that right now. What I don't like: Arduino-type robot stuff just goes over my head. I absolutely can't have: hmmm... not sure much applies here as I live in a reasonably-sized no-pets apartment with a backyard. BUT I don't drive so nothing car-related (bike related is fine and welcome!) Type of thing I'd love to receive: something fun for the playa, a cool costume piece, anything steampunk, fire-spinning equipment.... but really i'm not picky, sky's the limit. Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country? Yes, but I'd rather not... money's tight. Confirm that are at least 18 years old or, if not, that you have the approval of a parent or guardian: yep

Posted by izzyinsf 8 years ago


ReadyMade Garden Challenge

Our friends at ReadyMade are holding their second annual Garden Challenge. If you're into gardening, reuse, or reclaiming space on a small budget (sound like anyone here?), this should be right up your alley.Here's the info:ReadyMade is looking for contenders for its Second Annual Garden Challenge. Winners will have their outdoor space published next spring and will vie for yet-to-be-determined-but-amazing prizes.Here are the parameters:1. ReadyMade gives you $3002. You take that loot and transform your outdoor space (whether it be an actual garden, a stoop, a rooftop, or even a window box) in an innovative way. The transformation can include any of the following: creative landscaping, outdoor furniture/firepits/fountains, edible gardens, and so forth.Bonus points go to those who incorporate:-native plants-water catchments or grey water systems-food farming-salvage/reused objects3. You send in photos of your work by Sept 1. Our panel of judges selects winners, then we send out a photographer to shoot the garden by end of September.To submit ideas, take a "before" shot of the garden/stoop/roof/sill you plan to redo, and draw up a sketch or list of projects/plantings you plan to implement and email the lot by August 1st, 2008 to: shana (at) readymademag.com. You'll then have one month to perform your magic.Attached is an example of a winning entry from our first garden challenge. Derek's submission of backyard camping projects was so good, we hired him.Many thanks,The ReadyMakers

Posted by canida 10 years ago


Grow Our Own!- the big idea

Hey there Makers and Instructors! It's me, Maxwell and I have an idea to help feed people collaboratively, and I would like some advice on how to establish a collaborative barter network of people who want to or do grow food(mostly vegetables,herbs, and fruit,or even canned varieties for those who preserve) I call it Grow Our Own, or Let's Live! Participants would barter fruits, vegetables, herbs, seeds, plants, etc, and a climate of information,instruction,and encouragement. This might take place at either gatherings on weekends in specific places, personal meetings, or through a distribution system I haven't figured out yet.(advice?) There would be a system to enhance diversity, as well,so you wouldn't just end up with an enormous beefsteak tomato glut,( kind of a grow what you want, but please if there's space a little of this?) Ideally, this would increase nutrition, oxygen, biodiversity, provide useful growing information to a hungry somewhat ignorant populace , promote responsible water and waste use ,and bypass at least some economic cycle problems. I want to establish a network of smaller more local groups to also encourage people to propagate fruit, herbs, and vegetables,(especially heirloom varieties) and to instruct and engender a system of distribution and instruction. I definitely think composting is a strong part of this. I also think that trying to find unused spaces and getting permission to grow on them might help grow abundance, as long as vandalism can be avoided.Admittedly over my head. I would also like to encourage this for partial-subsistence growing in urban areas. I feel each apartment building roof, balcony and courtyard that can hold even transient plant life should be split between solar power, raingathering, and semisubsistance food growing. If this is done collaboratively, it will begin to snowball and will become more common.This would effectively improve life for some poorer people with less nutritional access due to economic factors. (If the fast food industry served actually nutritious food at it's locations at the prices it has gummed up America's vascular systems and organs, it would be one of the most effective nutritive food distribution systems in the world, instead of the casually despotic mutilator of bodies it is.(bovine AND primate) That may have sounded harsh, and I apologize if your love of a Double Supersize Mc Twinky Burger supersedes your desire to survive, that's your choice and I respect it, I was making an example, not inviting the hate. Houses with arable land now foolishly wasting water on lawns should be growing food. This not only could increase air quality and continue to localize moisture, but could reduce economic burden on many families, and therefore incrementally reduce municipal strain. This also can help mitigate graywater and reduce system load and waste. We have gotten too used to the system of aloof receivership in our modern societies. We must relearn to grow our own food, make our own things, understand the processes that keep us alive on Earth. I know you understand. Linear systems are unrealistic in a universe of cycles, let alone a world of cycles. We can live better by working together, because that's how the planet works. Sympathetic and Symbiotic processes naturally facilitate unity and if we work with what of the Earth we haven't paved over, or create more space to grow food in, we may counteract some of the damage we have done and stop so much waste. We may even teach people to eat more nutritiously, I'll bet. We must reteach ourselves to seek knowledge and wisdom rather than solace and escape, teach our children the ways of responsible stewardship of sustenance and comfort. I am going to put together what I can of the idea into a simple website soon. I want to reach people with that message, though I don't know if I am much of a frontman.So let's do it together. If we work together we can help each other survive better. Isn't that what's really important? Thank you for any advice, oh yes, and please don't assume I am Omniscient Superfarmer, I'm trying to learn too, any useful information will be appreciated! Let's Live! Cheers and Hope, have a great day! Maxwell (btw,I've already sent this, somewhat paraphrased in email form to: The Buckminster Fuller Institute.org, Pathtofreedom.org, The We Campaign, The Theodor Payne Foundation and many others, but any suggestions? You also may send it to whoever you think may help.) I admit I'm excited!

Posted by Subconscionaut 10 years ago