Little Boxes of Salal

8 12 2008

From Wikipedia:

In the Pacific Northwest, the harvesting of Salal is the heart of a large export of evergreens in which it is sold worldwide for use in floral arrangements.

From Clayoquot Green Economic Opportunities Project:

Salal sales make up 95% of the decorative greenery segment of $55 million to $60 million annualy  (plants sold to the floral industry). There are estimated 13,000 salal pickers in BC, many on Vancouver Island[3]. Recent research suggests that commercial salal on cedar-hemlock sites can be worth up to ~$2,500 ha. Research also suggests that experienced salal harvesters make on average $10-15 per hour[4]. Costs associated with transport from remote areas and product quality (e.g. spotting in wet seasons) must be taken into account along with harvester interest when evaluating the potential for expanded salal harvesting in the region.



Container Houses Explained

28 11 2008

From the P2P Foundation Blog on Adaptive Architecture:

Container Module:

Container modules systems are a particular variant of the concept of a unit module system that is based on the repurposing of ISO marine shipping containers to create the unit modules. As we noted, no unit module systems are currently in production. However, repurposed container architecture has become a particular obsession for many contemporary designers, owing to its recycling aspect and the very low cost of containers as an extremely durable raw material. Many commercial developers have also seen the potential in the container and a number of companies now purposefully manufacture containers for modular building construction, such as the German Erge Corp. (

Container module systems are typically less specialized in their module design, since the same basic structure is being repurposed for every type of room. Combination modules are common, where two or more containers are used in sectional series to form a single larger room. Owing to the often inordinately high costs of container mod metalworking in places like the US, it is best to employ the simplest approaches to modification as possible -though in general few architects working with these prescribe to that rule. Interfacing containers together is more complex than one would have with a dedicated quick-connect portal system and so container combinations often rely on less demountable forms of interface. Using containers as the basis of compound architecture -where each container is a self-contained free-standing room/building that needs no direct interface to others- is the easiest, cheapest, and most freely adaptive of approaches but limited in where in can be employed.

Ironically, despite their huge popularity among designers today, little progress has actually been made in developing tools and devices to facilitate easier handling of the containers by fewer numbers of people. In most cases heavy fork lifts, cranes, and large trucks are employed at great expense even though the militaries of the world have advanced to the use of more sophisticated container handling devices such as the Container Lift-Transport; a modular wheeled hydraulic driven unit that attaches directly to containers turning them into trailers or letting them be self-propelled at low speed -all installed and controlled by a solitary operator.

Cedar Kindling for Sale

27 11 2008

Cedar Kindling.  Equal to a plastic milk crate size, bundled and tied for you.

Will deliver to Comox, Courtney, Powell River, Gabriola, Nanaimo, Ladner, Vancouver, West Vancouver.

$7.00 a bundle delivered to you.

Woodworker Found

27 11 2008


I have a bunch more photos/examples of his work. He will be doing the woodwork inside of the containers.

Little Boxes (of Stinging Nettles)

26 11 2008

From Wikipedia:

As Old English Stiðe, nettle is one of the nine plants invoked in the pagan Anglo-Saxon Nine Herbs Charm, recorded in the 10th century. Nettle is believed to be a galactagogue[2] and a clinical trial has shown that the juice is diuretic in patients with congestive heart failure[citation needed].

Urtication, or flogging with nettles, is the process of deliberately applying stinging nettles to the skin in order to provoke inflammation. An agent thus used is known as a rubefacient (i.e. something that causes redness). This is done as a folk remedy for rheumatism, as it provides temporary relief from pain.

Extracts can be used to treat arthritis, anemia, hay fever, kidney problems, and pain.

Nettle leaf is a herb that has a long tradition of use as an adjuvant remedy in the treatment of arthritis in Germany. Nettle leaf extract contains active compounds that reduce TNF-α and other inflammatory cytokines.[3][4]

Nettle is used in hair shampoos to control dandruff, and is said to make hair more glossy, which is why some farmers include a handful of nettles with cattle feed.[5] It is also thought nettles can ease eczema.

Nettle root extracts have been extensively studied in human clinical trials as a treatment for symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). These extracts have been shown to help relieve symptoms compared to placebo both by themselves and when combined with other herbal medicines.[6]

Because it contains 3,4-divanillyltetrahydrofuran, certain extracts of the nettle are used by bodybuilders in an effort to increase free testosterone by occupying sex-hormone binding globulin.[citation needed]

Fresh nettle is used in folk remedies to stop all types of bleeding, due to its high Vitamin K content. Meanwhile, in dry U. dioica, the Vitamin K is practically non-existent, and so is used as a blood thinner.

Not only does nettle leaf lower TNF-a levels, but it has been demonstrated that it does so by potently inhibiting the genetic transcription factor that activates TNF-a and IL-1B in the synovial tissue that lines the joint.[7]

An extract from the nettle root (Urtica dioica) is used to alleviate symptoms of benign prostate enlargement. Nettle leaf extract, on the other hand, is what has been shown to reduce the pro-inflammatory cytokines TNF-a and IL-B1.

Cooking, crushing or chopping disables the stinging hairs. Stinging nettle leaves are high in nutrients, and the leaves can be mixed with other ingredients to create a soup rich in calcium and iron.[8] Nettle soup is a good source of nutrients for people who lack meat or fruit in their diets.[9] The young leaves are edible and make a very good pot-herb. The leaves are also dried and may then be used to make a tisane, as can also be done with the nettle’s flowers.

Introducing Box)yss

26 11 2008

This is the secret business plan we’ve been working on.

Shipping containers are just too versatile to ignore.

Check out (Photo Below)


Woodworker – Little Box Store

17 11 2008

I want the woodworker I found to do some work for the Little Box Store.

He likes to do:

Furniture by piece – including free standing cabinets


Also, Doors