David Spicer

Eagle’s Deep Permaculture Farm Update

One of Bill Mollison’s famous quote’s is, let your site demonstrate its evolution. Earthworks hydrology construction is one of the first big steps in getting a property established and can be an invaluable investment into its future, so it is something you want to get right. Earthworks going wrong can be very expensive and a major setback for you and your property. We have had a bit over 12 months […]

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Project Establishment, Eagles Deep (Victoria, Australia)

I was contacted back in October last year for an initial consult, on pre-property purchase in Tatong, Victoria, Australia. Since then the project has come along in leaps and bounds. Below is a photolog of the events, trials and tribulations of the project this far. My first job after purchase was to secure the dam and install what will become a secondary spillway, but for now it’s the primary spillway […]

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Regenerative Farm Forestry 2-day Course, with David Spicer at Eagles Deep Farm, Tatong, Victoria, Australia (May 31 – June 1, 2014)

Learn how to manage our exciting native forest for saw logs, pole wood, fence post, firewood, etc., while having a very beneficial effect on the structure of the forest itself – increasing bio-diversity from the forest floor up to the canopy. You will also learn the basics of portable sawmills. Find out how relatively easy it is to set up a portable sawmill, then be ready to start milling in […]

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A Recent Trip to the Permaculture Sydney Institute

I was invited up to Bandusia, near Sydney, by Penny Pyett, to take part in International Permaculture Day and do some work on the site. The work was mainly on infrastructure, which is one of my strongest skills. Having spent some years working in the building and construction game, I developed a varied skill set and can turn my hand to most things. I also went to check out the […]

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Managing a Coppiced Eucalypt Forest

In Australia we really need to get back to our European roots of coppiced forest systems. As Darren Doherty states, we push out the stump after we cut the tree, when the eucalypts coppice beautifully. Ben Law, author of The Woodland Way, also talks about the various products that come from a coppiced forest in England. In my travels to Morocco, I have seen quite clearly the value of coppicing, […]

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Wadeye Permaculture Project Update

Recently I received a photolog update on the Wadeye permaculture project in the Northern Territories (see previous posts here and here), where myself and other great permaculturist were employed by Earth Ethics to install a permaculture garden system. I like to describe the earthworks as the bones of the system and the living components — pioneer species, fruit trees, cover crops and ground covers — the muscle and flesh. As […]

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Talking Swales

While at Wadeye, Northern Territory, Australia, installing a permaculture design for Earth Ethics, this video was taken when I was explaining how to install swales and level sill spillways and what their function is, to some of the guys working on site. So if you want to understand how to install swales and spillways, this might help. Apologies for the unbuttoned shirt, I was not aware this was being filmed. […]

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Timber – We All Use It, So How Do We Get It?

Timber we all use it, so how do we get it? All but gone are our localized sawmills with which we could access sawn timber for construction with a reasonably low footprint. So it’s time we started to look at our timber/lumber security. Darren Doherty, and great courses like the master tree growers and their excellent work with broad scale farm forestry, covers the regenerative side of forestry for timber […]

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The Benefits of Portable Sawmilling

If you want to learn much more about sustainable saw milling, take Dave Spicer’s upcoming (27 November 2011) 1-day course, where you can gain from his extensive expertise in this area. We all need to be loggers and we all need to be greenies. We all live in timber houses. — Bill Mollison Low tech and high tech saw milling In 2006 I brought a portable Lucas sawmill and have […]

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