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.
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.
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.