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We convert an ironing board to a workbench

Back at the workshop, I proceeded to show Sachin how to strengthen a section at a time. We attacked one complete square. First, the joints were loose, we drilled out the dowel, expanded the hole a tiny bit and drove in a larger dowel. We did this for all 4 corners and then we cut a long diagonal brace from 12mm ply and cross braced the square.

Woodworking workshop at Mohraan is ready

Woodworking workshop at Mohraan is ready

Last week, when everybody was in Mumbai, I was asked to begin the workshop and also give S and S a list of the tools, etc to provision the workshop. I'm very, very pleased with the bamboo structure that I've designed and got built. So much was learnt. Even now there are a few leaks to be plugged and tools to be sorted out. But the workshop is ready; Sachin can be taught and more importantly, he can practice. In fact the first thing that we did was repair an old Sheesam table and repurpose it as a workbench.

The workshop is now ready for anybody to come and work, learn and practice. I can imagine a few of Mohraan's guests coming in here and making some really cool projects using the resources of the farm itself and the tools that populate the workshop.

Mohraan(Adhikari Farm) week 3: Jishnu makes a microwave

Week 3 started with the re-lockdown of Mumbai. Without too much fanfare I'd like to declare that this long drawn out lockdown is the stupidest, most bone headed move possible by any administration. Moving on; Julius, much to my delight, has gotten himself stuck for the duration of the lockdown. He cannot leave the farm. Sachin and I have finilised a plan for a large workshop space. The farm certainly needs a workshop. There are a hundred 'tools' that can be created based on the many repetitive tasks that farming entails. And, I'd like to report that finally Jishnu has gotten himself a project. Albeit a minecraft project. But still, it is a project.

Making a simple gum boot stand

Making a simple gum boot stand
he tried to make a gum boot stand for himself on his farm. From an earlier construction he salvaged a thick block of wood, the kind I would be envious off in Mumbai, but not know what to do with. He then simply used a hole saw to drill 4 holes into the wood. and then used a chisel to remove the waste material from the inside of the hole. If you've ever used a hole saw, you'd know that this was about the most tedious method to go about digging out a hole in a thick block of wood. Sachin even managed to break a chisel inside one of the holes.

Adhikari farm: Week 2

Field with one section ploughed and anothergreen section depecting raab
Week 2 started with a disaster. While swimming in a river I placed my foot on a really sharp stone and drawn blood. This week I explored the first few stages of rice plantation, discovered local medicine and watched in silent anguish while Jishnu was introduced to another youtuber who to my mind serves no purpose in life...aarrrrgggg.

Adhikari Farm: Week 1

This was a lesson to me, in the past I would sort of force Jishnu to eat the veggies, not because they were good for him or would make him stronger, but because he should not say no to anything. How futile this is. I do want him to say no to certain things and I will have to use example to guide him. One of the main ideas of unschooling is to treat the child as you would any other individual. This first week has been nerve racking, so many new things to experience and see and my darling son insists on just watching youtube (minecraft and fortnight) and playing Brawl Stars on the mobile.

Adhikari's farm: First day

Adhikari's farm: First day
The Adhikari farm covers quite an area; approx 7 acrres; and it is amazing to see how action packed it is. One cannot take 2 steps without stumbling something interesting. Yesterday Sameer introduced us to the taste of a certain ant. He just picks them and pops them. Jishnu and I ofcourse tried a few. What an explosion of tart. For such a small thing, the flavour is very intense. I haven't looked this up, but I'm guessing the tart has something to do with the amount of formic acid the ants have. Formaic acid is what the ants inject when they bite. Thats what burns the hell out of you. These guys are tree ants. those big, transluscent red chaps which pack a hell of a bite. So they must have plenty of formic acid and hence are plenty sour and yummy. Hehehehe.