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Scott Dylewski

Rotary Phone & Pi

I wanted Max to use our old rotary phone, and with a little downtime during COVID and wanting to learn Python anyway, it was a great project to make the phone work on it’s own and to call another phone. Basically, I’m making my own little phone interchange, with the …

Wild Yeast Starter

Our instructions for how to use and keep a natural yeast starter going! We keep our starter in a bowl and just leave the spoon in there. Every few months, when the edges get caked with too much crusty dough, we swap bowls. This process is called “feeding the starter”. …

Yogurt

Notes from the trials of making homemade yogurt. Default process: Heat milk to 180 degrees F (denatures proteins) Hold in oven for 30 minutes at 180F (should increase thickness) Cool to 115F in water bath Incubate at 110F for 8 hours in food dehydrator (allows bacteria to grow) Heat milk …

Compost

Often I get asked about composing and how to do it, so this is my method. I learned from my Grandmother on my Mom’s side, who always kept a little compost pile for kitchen scraps, covered with some black plastic. My current bins are weird shapes due to the constrained …

Pierogies

From Babcii’s recipe that Mom transcribed. Babcii said this recipe was from Aunt Mary, Dzdadi’s sister. Makes approximately 18 pierogies Dough 2 Tbl butter 1/2 cup milk 2 Tbl sour cream 2 cups flour 1 egg pinch salt Melt butter and add to milk. Add the sour cream to make …

Beeswax Candles

This page has all my notes for making beeswax candles. Sounds like beeswax should use square braided wick. 5/0 wick seems to work well for small hand-dipped candles < 3/4″ wide. The Candlewic 6″ low smoke wicks create tunnels in the tea lights. the 5/0 square braid seems to work …

Cider 2019

First Pressing Random apples from some lady who dropped them off. Many were really old, and needed lots of cutting. Probably some Gravenstein and Golden Delicious? Fermented fast. OG: 1.040? pH: 3 gallons of juice Reinette du Canada Lots of apples off this tree, but they bruised really fast so …

Burningman Wood Pendant Necklaces

I’ve been making wooden pendant necklaces as gifts almost every year I’ve been to Burning Man- first with our longtime Transit Lounge camp, and then most recently for Cacao Camp and others. It’s a ton of work, but well worth it because many people enjoy a more natural, handmade gift. …

Beeswax wraps

What to do with all the beeswax? After a few years of making candles, we wanted to try new beeswax wraps, but the recipe was hard to find.  I converted a bunch of online recipes to an approximate ratio by weight of wax, resin and jojoba oil. My method: 100g …

Building tube wall

Notes: Plastic types for toys:  http://www.pvcinformation.org/assets/pdf/PlasticSubstitutesPVCtoys_Tickner.pdf Best to worst: 5. Bio-based (cellulose, etc) 4. Polyethylene and Polypropylene 3. PET 2. Polycarbonate, ABS, Polystyrene, Polyurethane 1.  PVC (worst) Magnetic tubes Wall Plastic magnet cover Magnet styles from McMaster Carr: Magnets (try building a pipe-wall magnetic block out of wood and connect …