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  • tool-less in Vermont
  • NEW: take a bow
  • on a personal note-Trash
  • final words

  • tool - less in Vt

    moving shop before
    moving shop after

    The move is complete. I packed up all my tools and had movers come and cart them away. It was a process. I was (mostly) good about labeling everything so I know what is where. I had a hard time figuring out how to pack things like the bandsaw and drum sander. I ended up taking them apart and packing them into several boxes. It was a pain - mostly because of the weight involved.

    For instance, with the bandsaw I removed the base, the guides and of course the blade. Then I decided to remove the table as well. I packed all the smaller parts in a box. I was afraid the movers would knock the wheels out of alignment, so made a plywood box for the saw case. Hopefully, that will keep it safe.

    Now my tools are all boxed up and if I need something I have to make do. I realize how spoiled I was. What! No table saw. You mean I have to rip that plywood with my circular saw?

    I can't wait to unpack.

    NEW: Take a Bow

    I've decided to add a new section for those of you out there who would like to share photos and/or comments about your own work. Unfortunately, I've yet to figure out how to add the actual form to this newsletter, so I have created a link.

    Click here to showcase your woodwork.

    on a personal note: Trash

    Moving made me realize about how much stuff I've accumulated. Great Pacific Garbage Patch

    Considering that led me to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

    In the 1980's scientists predicted that the ocean currents would cause trash to accumulate in particular areas of the ocean due to the prevailing ocean currents. One such area (unfortunately there are several) is known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. This garbage patch is the largest known garbage dump in the world.

    Estimates of the size of the "patch" range from twice the size of Texas to the size of the US! The size is hard to determine because the patch consists mostly of plankton sized plastic. Sampling is required to find the plastic and people differ on what constitutes the patch. Some people divide the patch into two areas, while others consider it all one.

    All researchers agree that the polluted area is huge, whether they consider a certain area part of the Great Patch or not.

    Great Pacific Garbage Patch

    Plastic is made to last forever. It doesn't biodegrade, instead it breaks down into smaller and smaller pieces of plastic. So, rather than looking like a giant land fill, the Garbage Patch is a sort of plastic soup in the middle of the ocean. The photo above isn't what the Patch looks like. That is what it is made of before all that plastic and other junk is broken down into tiny particles.

    The Patch itself actually looks more like this: Great Pacific Garbage Patch

    The size of the particles is problematic for two reasons. First, they are easily ingested by small fish which are in turn eaten by large fish - tuna, for instance. We are learning of the dangers of plastic water bottles. What will happen to the fish and other animals in the food chain once they have plastic in their systems?

    The other problem with the size of the plastic and other pollutants is that it may be impossible to clean it up. We may have created an endlessly growing trash dump in the middle of the Pacific (as well as the other patches in other oceans).

    The following video gives a good idea of what the Patch is made of.

    Since it seems impossible to to clean up the dump, the key is to keep it from getting worse. If we stop the dumping now, the ocean will eventually do the cleaning for us. But in the meantime the marine wildlife is suffering from our waste.

    One researcher's conclusion was: "If the increasing rate of plastic in the ocean does not change, then I do not see how we can avoid catastrophic changes in the health of our marine ecosystem and, as a result, to human life itself." Larry Greenemeirer, Scientific American, blog post August 6 2010

    Grim words to keep in mind. However, people are starting to think about the amount of plastic we throw away and much plastic is recyclable. So, perhaps we are smart enough to prevent catastrophe.

    Final Words

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