Update (Feb 06, 18)

It’s February, shortest month of the year and I’m packing it out with a busy schedule. I’ve got a good lead for a job, and some fun wood working projects that I’m excited to finish and start selling. Let’s jump into the long version after a brief mention of this week’s audiobook shall we?

This week’s book is Endymion, 3rd in the Hyperion Cantos. This book’s unique vantage an placement in the events of this four part saga means you can jump in on this novel, then go back and read the first two. Sure there are references a fan of the first two books would understand better, but the way these things are referenced make this a good starting point as well. If you like sci-fi novels then check out Endymion here: http://amzn.to/2E7gvr7

So back to business. Let’s talk about the job hunt. I’ve been putting out applications for a month and I’ve had my first interview. Thats not to mention the five other positions I’m waiting to hear back on. The interview is with a non-profit organization called “Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards” or SAWS. There will be a link at the end for you to check out their site if you’d like to. The job I was interviewed for is a Trail Crew Leader position. In short my job would be to lead a team of 4-6 volunteers 10+ miles into wilderness areas to build and/or maintain trails out there for 9 days at a time! In all seriousness this sounded like a dream job to me from the start. With any luck I’ll be making plans to move to North Carolina next week.

In the mean time, however, I’ve set my focus on becoming more disciplined with my weekly schedule as far as craft making and content creation is concerned. This means that this week you’re getting this update blog, two more plant entries by the end of the week, and a beastiary entry on a local creature story I’m wanting to preserve on here as well. I’m also in the process of sawing up downed timber around my house into usable boards. These boards are going to be used for repairs and projects around the farm. By the end of the day Saturday I hope to have prototyped walking staffs, staff slings, and perhaps a hand sling as well. If these go according to plan I’ll also be uploading an illustrated guide on making these yourself in the Codex Informata section.

Now in order to get these logs sawn into boards I’m using an Alaskan Saw Mill. This has been a mildly frustrating device, that is getting easier with practice. I’m confident that if I work on the chain a bit more I’ll have these logs finished up right fast. Once they’re cut properly, I’m going to be storing the rough cut timber until it’s needed and only further refining about three planks until the products start moving.

Thank you interested or faithful readers for making it this far. If you have any thoughts or tips on using a saw mill like the one above, leave me a comment or shoot an email my way. The patreon is no more, but if you like the info I’ve posted so far and want to see this site achieve its full potential consider donating to me one-time via ko-fi. Any support, request, or feedback would be greatly appreciated. Check out these books and tools I’ve found useful during these projects down below, and have a great week this week.

Chainsaw file: http://amzn.to/2E6OD6v

The Axe Book: http://amzn.to/2BdudG8

Safety Helmet: http://amzn.to/2nJs2T2

Safety Chaps: http://amzn.to/2shYfFW