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The Field Lab - Fri, 2021/05/14 - 6:01pm

The laser printer method I tried for applying a resist to the metal for etching isn't working out to my satisfaction so I ordered a vinyl cutter - which seems to be the wat to go for good etching.  It this budget model doesn't work out, I may have to return it and order a better model.  Already figured out the software and have a test ready to cut when the cutter arrives next week.  83,90,60,0,B

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more bunnies...

The Field Lab - Thu, 2021/05/13 - 3:58pm
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new bunny routine...

The Field Lab - Wed, 2021/05/12 - 6:18pm

Lately in the early evening, the same bunny has been hanging around near my fridge on the porch.  He knows where the carrots are... 64,75,57,0,B

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first acid etching test...

The Field Lab - Tue, 2021/05/11 - 4:59pm



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Easy Pasta

Home Grown New Mexico - Tue, 2021/05/11 - 7:16am

Easy Pasta by Steve Haines

Using Kamut flour to make pasta is easy, beautiful, and delicious.  The dough is very flexible even more than semolina and a golden color.  The Kamut whole wheat makes a very different and very tasty pasta from store-bought whole wheat pasta.  Kids will love this!

KAMUT® brand khorasan wheat, in addition to being an ancient grain preserved from hybridization or modification and always organically grown, is an excellent source of protein, fiber, zinc, phosphorus, magnesium, vitamin B1 (thiamin), and vitamin B3 (niacin).  One cup of cooked Kamut flour provides the daily required fiber of 17% for men and 27% for women.  Kamut has 40% more protein than conventional flour.

We grind the Kamut wheat berries to make flour although starting with pre-ground flour works perfectly.

All you need is flour, eggs, and a tiny amount of water.  A small starter batch uses:

163g of Kamut flour and 2 eggs.

For a larger batch and a half that will make enough for a large pan of lasagna, use:

245g of Kamut flour and three eggs.

Put the flour on a counter with a bowl-shaped indention in the middle.  Crack in the eggs into the indentation and mix with fork, scraper or hands.

If the mix is too dry to hold together add a very tiny amount of water.  Make a ball and knead the mixed dough for a full 5 minutes.  It will become smooth and shiny.

Put the dough in a plastic bag and let it rest for 60 minutes.  We use a pasta machine to roll out the pasta from the dough, but a rolling pin will work too.  Take a small chunk of dough to roll out.  If using the machine, flatten the piece by hand and run through the machine starting on the #1 setting and advancing through to #5.

Carefully lay the pasta on kitchen towels to dry some.

For our lasagna, we cut the strips and use them directly in the pan layering all the ingredients.  It has a beautiful golden color and great taste.

Home Grown New Mexico is having a field tour of many kinds of ancient wheat planted by the Rio Grande Grain Team.  You will be able to see Kamut grain and many others growing and have tastings of many kinds of wheat delicacies.  June 20th, sign up online

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The Field Lab - Mon, 2021/05/10 - 4:42pm


Prepped for the acid test tomorrow... 91,95,67,0,B

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no excuse...

The Field Lab - Sun, 2021/05/09 - 3:22pm

Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. 17 For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.” 18 The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse. 

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new experiment...

The Field Lab - Fri, 2021/05/07 - 5:07pm

Going to try my hand at acid etching on some castings.  Giving the low budget transfer process a shot first.  Laser print the reversed image on glossy magazine stock.  Heat transfer to metal.  Soak in ferric chloride.  First hurdle was figuring out free software called Inkscape to create the image and successfully printing it.  Acid and rubber gloves coming next Tuesday.  86,90,64,0,B 

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kids will be kids...

The Field Lab - Thu, 2021/05/06 - 3:46pm


Already looking to get into trouble...85,91,68,0,B

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the final frontier...

The Field Lab - Wed, 2021/05/05 - 5:28pm


SpaceX finally nails a Starship landing...


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something for the tourists...

The Field Lab - Tue, 2021/05/04 - 2:48pm


First test cast of a "sugar skull" in aluminum bronze.  Working on casting this with customizable text on the back.  73,81,58,0,B

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Home Grown New Mexico - Tue, 2021/05/04 - 2:28pm


We just received our newly printed membership cards and will be sending them to everyone who has signed up in 2021 within 2 weeks so you will all have them before our classes/events start on June 6 out at the Tomato Lady’s house.  Here is the class/event schedule online to see the classes/events and to sign up. 

All our events are OUTSIDE this year except for one tour in the fall. There will be plenty of room to space 6 feet apart at every event and masks will be required. The instructors have been vaccinated and the governor now has relaxed the mandates for attending small events so we hope you will be as excited as we are to get outside and learn something new to feed our souls and possibly ourselves in a safe environment. Here is a pdf you can print out (for your frig!) 2021 HG CLASS SCHEDULE_final (but you will still have go online to sign up).

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fire and metal...

The Field Lab - Mon, 2021/05/03 - 8:40am
My largest cast to date...which is why my pour was pretty sloppy. I wasn't used to handling this much molten metal and didn't have the crucible close enough to my pouring targets. The Harbor Freight knife has a stainless steel blade and hollow aluminum handle and weighs 1 pound. The casting came in at just under 2 pounds. Vertical casting into clay or stone molds was the primary way that weapons and tools were made during the bronze age. I made this mold in petrobond - an oil-bonded and pre-mixed moldable clay/sand mixture that I ordered from PMC Supplies via Amazon. My alloy is 91% copper and 9% aluminum. I recently acquired 100 pounds of copper ($40) and 15 pounds of aluminum (FREE). That should be enough to keep me busy for awhile...
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Daily Bread

The Field Lab - Sun, 2021/05/02 - 3:48pm
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Pandemic Saturday

The Field Lab - Sat, 2021/05/01 - 2:00pm

 Should you get vaccinated?

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A heavy pour...

The Field Lab - Fri, 2021/04/30 - 4:55pm


A bit sloppy with the molten metal, but I think it worked.  Going to clean it up and polish it tomorrow.  Video Monday.56,63,57, .27",C  

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fingers crossed...

The Field Lab - Thu, 2021/04/29 - 4:02pm



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another casting experiment coming up...

The Field Lab - Wed, 2021/04/28 - 4:57pm



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Corner marker #1

The Field Lab - Tue, 2021/04/27 - 3:03pm



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