Archive for August, 2010

Here’s another addition to the water-powered mill series.

This is the Mingus Mill, an 1886 cast iron water turbine mill located in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, near Cherokee, NC.

If you are interested in other water powered mills, covered bridges, historical timber frame buildings, barns, structures, or the like, please susbcribe to my YouTube Channel and this blog.

There will be plenty more coming…


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This is the first in a series of “How To” videos covering an assortment of food preservation techniques.

In this video I walk through preparing and dehydrating beef steak strip jerky using a prepared cure/spice mix.

Please leave a comment with any questions, comments or suggestions.

Here’s the dehydrator I use- I’ve been using it multiple times per week since getting it and it works great!

I have since added an extra two trays, which expands the capacity by 50%. Well worth the investment…

Link to the dehydrator

Link to the extra trays


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I just posted a three-part video I shot while visiting Mackinac State Historic Parks’ “Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park”, in Mackinaw City, MI, this past weekend.

I can write a book about it, but a video (or three) is worth a thousand words, or more.


Episode 1- Visual Overview of the Mill (inside and out)

Episode 2- Some area history and a demonstration of the mill in action

Episode 3- End of the demo and some insight from the sawyer

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