(vid) Japanese charring technique of preserving wood – Shou-sugi-ban

Red cedar looks outstanding!

Preserving wood with fire!

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Bois Brulé. Burnt wood, an alternative to aging … according to ancestral techniques came from Japan for giving a durable finish to wood siding. The ancient technique of charring the wood to make it more durable is rooted among the Aztecs. The Japanese, who named it Shou-sugi-ban, have extensively used it. The charcoal acts as a protective layer that resists decay and fire, producing a long-lasting and maintenance-free material. This method of wood preservation is restarted by architects looking for green solutions in different parts of the world including Japan and Europe. In simple terms, the wood is burned for about 7 minutes using a torch or more traditional methods, before being doused with water and brushed to remove char dust, revealing a light silvery sheen. The timber is then washed and dried. It can be left unfinished or a finished oil can be applied to bring out shades of gray, silver, black or brown. This technique is used for siding, decking and outdoor furniture. The method earns interest both for its environmental history and for its aesthetic appearance. The materials can last at least 80 years, without chemicals. (YouTube comment)

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Put These Ingredients In Your Coffee To Boost Your Metabolism And Lose Weight!

If you have some weight problems, be sure that the coffee will help you in fat burning. Mix coconut, cinnamon, honey and cocoa, then add it into your coffee, and you can lose up to 20 pounds in a month. These ingredients will make the taste of your early morning coffee better, accelerate your metabolic process and you will get a new body very quickly!

  • Cinnamon has been used for centuries because of its medical properties. It has lots of anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory properties that fight infection and inflammation.
  • Coconut oil is rich in lots of healthy fats that may increase your metabolism and energy consumption which will result in weight loss.
  • Honey is rich in iron, phosphorus, salt, potassium, zinc and calcium that are important for dissolving fat. Use only raw, unfiltered, unpasteurized natural honey!

RECIPE:

Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup of coconut oil
  • 1 powdered cinnamon
  • ½ cup of honey (optional).
  • 1 teaspoon of cocoa (optional).

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ALASKA: The curious popularity of a water pipe on the Seward Highway — Locals, suspicious of treated city water, make the drive regularly • People are too trusting of the government and media…. Fluoride… He “won’t touch” tap water

I used to regularly get water here.

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From: ADN.com

The curious popularity of a water pipe on the Seward Highway

A trickle from the rocks at Mile 109 draws people who like its taste and like the fact that it’s not treated city tap water. But is it safe?

A 3-inch hole in a rock wall at Mile 109 of the Seward Highway quenches many thirsts.

Tourists pull over for a cup of refreshing liquid Alaska, wild and cold. Locals, suspicious of treated city water, make the drive regularly to resupply their homes, even though there’s less known about this source of water than the water from their sinks. Others simply prefer the taste of the water that trickles there, supplemental hydration they take away one Nalgene bottle at a time.

This drainage hole in the rock between Beluga Point and Windy Corner on Turnagain Arm draws visitors all day long. Anyone who has driven the highway with any regularity has seen them, perhaps wondered why, and maybe had to brake for them as they dart across the road. …

Mica Sexton pulled up next. … People are too trusting of the government and media, he said. Fluoride is one reason, he said, that he “won’t touch” tap water.

“I think most people, when you tell them that somebody that they trust to look out for their good is putting something bad in their water, most people just look at you and tell you you need a tinfoil hat,” Sexton said.

Sexton said he also suspects city water treatment removes healthy minerals he believes he’s getting from this large drinking straw poked into the Chugach Mountains. …

Water quality

…Alaska Dispatch News collected a sample and delivered it to ARS Aleut Analytical….

In short, all categories fell within the maximum contaminant limits set for drinking water by Alaska’s Department of Environmental Conservation. At least they did that day. ARS Aleut Analytical lab manager Ian Schacht said that a water quality test is just a snapshot of one point in time, which can’t replace regular monitoring. Results could fluctuate for many reasons.

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AWESOME New Cheese at Costco! – “Smoked Sharp White Cheddar” by Tillamook

AWESOME NEW CHEESE AT COSTCO!

Costco has product similar to this one, called “Smoked Sharp White Cheddar.” It must be a brand new product for Tillamook, because I can’t find it on the net. It looks like this one, but is aged 9 months instead of 2 years.

Made from milk from cows NOT treated with artificial growth hormone.

WONDERFUL! Highly recommended. Really strong natural wood smoke flavor!

“Get it while you can.”

$11.49 for 2 lbs.