Thursday, February 3, 2011

Recipe for a Trumpeter Swan Nest...

The final prototype will be like this one, but with a much bigger diameter...How to: make a Sisal ring that is 4 feet in  diameter, wrap the edges loosely in big loopy swirls with 3 more 50 ft. rolls of 1/4 inch sisal, then using another roll of sisal weave a web in the middle using a simple monkey chain knot (videos on how a monkey chain knot works are easy to find online, or see link below)...I will try to post a video of me weaving the middle part to show how...(thin cotton gloves might be useful to protect your hands)...

Hi, I have been working on a new alternate design for Trumpeter swan nests, here is a link http://groveontario.wordpress.com/2011/02/05/how-to-make-a-trumpeter-swan-nest/

  The thing is about my earlier design using straw, is that if you happen to live in a city it can be hard to get a bale of straw- & my designs are really for others to copy & use in their local area, since the more people make & put out nests, the more our Trumpeters can find & use them...
  Sisal is easy to buy, relatively cheap & is both biodegradable & environmentally friendly...
  Here is a link to a letter to the parks department about putting out nests & some of the issues involved...
http://blog.grovecanada.fm/2011/02/11/making-trumpeter-swan-nests-in-ontario-of-sisal--weaving.aspx
(here is the main blog page of that blog) http://blog.grovecanada.fm




Vote for this idea at : http://pep.si/gswYKo


*http://toronto.kijiji.ca/c-pets-livestock-for-sale-Straw-for-sale-W0QQAdIdZ254921729 1000 straw bales for $2.50 each bale...(by the way, a 550 foot roll of thinner sisal is about $5.00, you only need half a roll at most to roll around your donut re-shaped bale of straw to keep the straw secure in that donut/wreath shape...so your total cost per nest is $5.00)(just toss some loose straw into the middle once you have placed your donut, for a floor)...

*Sisal (biodegradable-environmentally friendly): 1/4" 50 ft. $3.00 (or thinner grade sisal is $5.00 for 550 ft. which can be used for two nests)...

*Take 9 feet of loose straw, form into a donut shape, with centre hole 3 feet or bigger...

*Wrap Sisal cord around loose straw to hold straw into the donut shape...

*Knot Sisal when straw is nicely into a very large donut shape...

*Done!

*Take straw donut to a nice place near to water, possibly near long grasses, away from dogs, possibly on an island, or in a marsh area where Trumpeter Swans like to swim...

*Place Straw donut in that nice place & if you like add:

* loose straw in the middle of the donut as a floor/ or * wild bird seed to attract the swans initially & bring loose straw for the floor next time...

*Pat yourself on the back...Vote for this design at  http://www.refresheverything.ca/grovecanada , Voting ends February 28, 2011, if we win we get 5K to build 1000 Trumpeter Swan nests at $5.00 apiece...

Link: http://conservepaintings.wordpress.com/ If you need art conservation consultation, like, why is there "bloom" on my painting(varnish laid on too quickly?, freezing cold climate?), or, can I remove "Frass"(frass is insect poo, looks rusty red) from the linen matting?

http://www.classicreader.com/book/216/61/ Today Seth Godin mentioned a story...here is the link to the full story...You really have to read the whole thing to understand the point...A little about not stealing from the little guy who works for you...( more like, honour & reward your employees well, for they could make or break you in the future...)(especially in this day & age where companies are choosing to fire senior execs in order to replace them with lower wage newbies...not a good move by the way...)

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