Author Archives: D.P.Normand

Shop Improvement

Around the age of 18, my mother work for a company that had a summer work program. As the child of an employee that was enrolled in school and in good academic standing, I could apply for one of the … Continue reading

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Bigger Bacon

Bacon is getting bigger and I’m getting attached, but food is one thing and a pet is another.  Next year we’ll get two. I think this will make the pigs less endearing and more utilitarian.

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The Wood Equivalent of Gold

For about five years I have owned a Big Green Egg. If your not familiar with these Kamado-type cookers, do yourself a favor and search the term. While they are quite expensive, I am sure if I added up the … Continue reading

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Ladies and Gentleman, Say Hello to Bacon!!

I think I’m most proud that my seven year old named her. After three attempts we were finally able to find a feeder pig locally. Seems every time I’d find an add they were sold out by the time I … Continue reading

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Building Bee Boxes

Winter is typically the time when beekeepers get their wooden ware together for the coming spring. Whether it’s painting your existing supply or buying/building new boxes, now is the time to do so. I currently have six  beehives that I … Continue reading

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Building a Plucker

If you’ve ever plucked a chicken by hand it doesn’t take long to figure out that there has to be a better way. There are a limited number of commercially available small-scale units and their costs are prohibitive for a … Continue reading

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2010 Summer Honey Harvest..Our First!

Building Them Up Just to Tear Them Down! I thought the emotion of my first honey harvest would be elation or a sense of accomplishment, but I can report my primary emotion was trepidation. After spending 15 months having the … Continue reading

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Ever Think…………..

We might make our pets lives a little to comfortable? I don’t think I have ever slept with a smile on my face, but my dog has!!

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The Barn Project Part 14

Roofing Its been a very productive extended weekend. We added the fascia boards on the upper level and was actually able to install the roof panels. I’m going to spend the next couple of weekends tying up a few of … Continue reading

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The Barn Project Part 13

The Roof and Fascia Since the last post I have been busy pre-painting the fascia boards. I figure it will be easier to get two good coats on the wood before installation. This way I’m able to use the airless … Continue reading

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