Those Round ‘Artsy’ Windows
In case you've been losing sleep over how those GeoStudios windows were made, here's the story. First, I could have went with triangular windows in the GeoStudios (much easier), but the idea of a round window had greater appeal to me from day one. While the challenges to building a round window frame are unique, I feel the reward is worth it.
First you need your medium. I chose 1x8 by 8’ long regular lumber. Then cut it into three equal lengths and made it into a triangle. The triangle is not only glued together, it also has metal reinforcements in back to hold it all together. (A couple of lost frames showed that glue alone is not enough.)
Then I routered a circle into it. (Being sure not to router over the metal!)
My circle jig (not the square dance) is just a short piece of plywood with the outline of my router cut into it. And it reaches to the centre so I just spin around that point. The hardest part is finding the centre. That's basic math. Once you got that figured out you’re off to the races.
The finished frame, sanded and ready for priming and finished with elastomeric paint. This triangle is from my previous red & white dome many of you have seen. It will be re-purposed as a window triangle for the campsite dome.
As well all know by now, the real value in our garbage is in separating it’s components. Separate your food scraps from the garbage and you have compost. And so is the value of the UDDT. That’s the Urine Diverting Dry Toilet, whose function should now seem rather obvious, if not humourous.
With the toilet divided into a front and back half (it’s ok guys it’s not any less macho to sit), it collects two valuable waste streams. And I make no apologies for the pun.
Gardeners everywhere will back up the science of spreading your liquid compost around. Pissing on the tree hasn’t always just been for dogs.
And even the solid stuff, (if everything is working as it should) can be of value. After all, it seems to me sheep manure is a thing.
But we humans are exceptional it seems. Our shit not only stinks but can be downright toxic. No problem. Lead a healthy life, have a good diet and avoid too much pharma and your donation to the UDDT toilet will be every bit as good as sheep shit.
And don’t forget to bury it. I learned that from my cat. Then be ready to actually use it in, oh six months or so, in the back 40 as part of your soil amendments program.
Dealing with shit needn’t be that complicated.
Gilles Leclair is the founder of GeoStudios. Somewhat eccentric, fairly environmentalist, politically aware, he believes the world should have more off-grid communities... many more.