Butcher Shop Progress 20131126


Will using Laser Level to set the Oubliette Hatch

I’ve added a progress chart to the Butcher Shop page which shows a new column for percent done on each of the line items of our To-Do list.
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One might notice that there are a lot of things in the future that already have a small percentage done. Although the list is written in a linear format, as constricted by mere two dimensional paper space, projects don’t happen that way. Rather bits and pieces of different things are happening and then sometimes there is waiting for something to arrive, for something to cure, for something to dry or one person is working on one thing while others are working on other things. At other times we all are working on the same thing such as a concrete pour. Thus many of the line items are making progress in parallel.

In the picture above Will was helping me to set the granite hatch for the plumbing access. These granite frame pieces were cut by Ben from the waste granite we get from the local stone quarries and carving sheds in Graniteville and Barre, Vermont. The frames will hold up 1/4″ stainless steel diamond tread plate which we’ll polyurea over when we seal the floors. This way should we have to we can easily get down into the trenches to work with the plumbing. I don’t expect to do that much but there are a few expansions we’ll be doing, adding new drains, when we convert part of the initial cutting room into the smokehouse for makin’ bacon.

The word of the day is Oubliette.

Outdoors: 30°F/24°F 4″ Snow
Tiny Cottage: 66°F/62°F

Daily Spark: The reason politicians try so hard to get re-elected is that they would ‘hate’ to have to try to make a living under the laws they’ve passed! -Anon

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7 Responses to Butcher Shop Progress 20131126

  1. Sharon says:

    I’ve been following your blog for quite a long time and truly enjoy it. I’m so happy to see small butchering operations as they grow!
    My question for you:
    We’ve bought feeder pigs and raised them through the summer for butchering before but this year we are going to begin breeding our own pigs. I’ve noticed that my boar is picking up rocks and chewing on them. I don’t know if this is curiosity or if he is mineral deficient. We feed them a grower/starter mix we purchase from the Amish and it appears to have mineral supplements mixed into it, but I wondered if you would ever put a mineral block in their pasture? I’ve figured that they’ll eat it if they need it, but I’m not sure. Thanks for your help with this. You can e-mail me directly if you would like.

  2. Dwain says:

    I love it when you do the word of the day or otherwise introduce a new word or idea or something like that! I never would have known oubliette otherwise. What a great word and fun history lesson!

  3. The skills your children have learned with this project…amazing. In this non hands on world, you should be proud Walter that your kids can literally build themselves a home, a business, and a future.

    • I’m very proud of all of them. Not only can they do these things but they have the skills to be able to figure out what they need to learn to do anything, research the new desired skill sets, learn them and apply them.

  4. karl says:

    Your chart seems to be broken from my vantage.

    • Interesting. Thank you for letting me know. I was trying something new, using a PDF for display as an image. It works in Safari on the MacOS10.6.8 for me. Which browser and version as well as which operating system are you using? If it doesn’t work universally then I need to try something else. Let me know. … I just changed it to a JPG file which should be more universal. Try now and let me know if that works.

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