Stripped Wire Attitude

Yesterday I got around to stripping wire from our old Christmas lights that had not worked for a couple of years…

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…and I disassembled a couple of old lawn chairs…

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…this is more than recycling.  There are few farms that do not have various scrap piles that are rummaged through when necessary in order to find a piece of material that can be used to repair something or other.  If that sounds vague, it is.  That’s because farming requires some degree of being able to think analogically under the best circumstances…that what works in one area can be applied successfully to another area. Even one of our guest cabins started out in a different configuration at another site.  Originally floated down the Roaring River in 1931 out of the Duck Mountain, these balsam logs were first built into a 25′ x 25′ cabin where a large family was raised.  Seventy years later in tearing it down we found many of the logs to be sound and milled and rebuilt them into its current 10′ x 16′ form.

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It’s an attribute that is fast losing its pitch in modern northern society.  Remote, we have traditionally needed to fabricate and adapt things, which built skill over time.  You never know when you might need a piece of wire, or a tube or aluminum, or a sound log.  And it’s an attribute of farming historically, that you have traditionally needed to adapt what you had to work.  For us it is still the heart and glory banding together with others and of raising food for the poor…

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