PIGFACE TOUR PICTURES: Set 11.
This shed will be for bush carpentry. Furniture, handles, screens, baskets etc. can be made from un-sawn saplings. The shed will have a treddle lathe, a froe for splitting shingles (like short fence palings used for roofing tiles.) Green wattle bark woven into mats, or used to bind, sets like iron when dry. Strong furniture joins can be made without metal, by tapered ends banged into holes, and pinned with a dowel.
Many basic materials can come from our neighbourhood, town or local area, and be used by many small local firms to produce for our use.
Western culture is intensely competitive, adversarial, aggressive, authoritarian and patriarchal. The emphasis is not on cooperating, helping giving, or nurturing. These are among our biggest problems. We cannot move to a satisfactory society unless we drop these nasty, selfish, predatory dispositions and move to quite different values, habits and dispositions. The Ecofeminists stress the readiness to dominate; we exercise power if we can, science forces nature to do things she doesn’t do if left alone (e.g., modern agriculture), and we don’t think twice about dominating nature…as distinct from living in harmony with, respecting and appreciating.
But we have an even bigger problem than this syndrome to do with domnination and power...which is simply the obsession with affluence and growth. A sustainable world is not achievable unless humans become content to live with frugal sufficiency, and with no interest whatsoever in gain... meaning unfortunately that we have to reverse the main trust of Western culture for the last three hundred years!
The recycling area. Every neighbourhood should have places where anything you can’t use can be left for others to use.
If the volume within the orange pipe was water, it would weigh as much as the CO2 each Australian releases each year…over 23 tonnes. When the next IPCC report comes out it will probably have been able to take feedback mechanisms into account, and this is likely to mean that our emissions must be cut to zero by 2050.
Tanks on the top of the hill. These are made by plastering cement over scrap chicken wire, etc., against a sheet of tin as a former…for about 4c a litre. Bought plastic tanks cost about 50-100c a litre, although that includes a labour cost. (When you enjoy making things like this, labour is not a cost. Perhaps it should be accounted as leisure activity that does not have to be paid for and is productive.)
Windmills pump to these tanks. Roofs collect rain water to go down black poly-pipe to house tanks. Top tank on the right is for bushfire wafety water; feeds to sprinklers.
Sign says "House for rent; Elves only need apply."
End of Set 11.
For Set 12.