Monday, September 30, 2013

Steven Spielberg's "War Horse"??? How about "The Cyclist" Canadian Corps Cyclist Battalion's Nelson A. Zettergreen?

The Cyclist

Nelson A. Zettergreen
 Canadian Corps Cyclist Battalion

Date of Birth: June 17, 1897
 Age at enlistment: 18
Age at Death: 21
 April 7, 1919

Vancouver's Mountain View Cemetery


Federal Minister Clifford Sifton, who coined the phrase of "Stalwart Peasant" to bring European immigrants to northern farm lands, was also responsible for creating the Brutinel Brigade:
Brigadier-General Raymond Brutinel In 1918 Brutinel's force consisted of 1st and 2nd Canadian Motor MG Brigades (each of 5x8 gun batteries), Canadian Cyclist battalion, one section of medium trench-mortars mounted on lorries (plus an assumed wireless and medical support). This totalled 80 machine guns and about 300 cyclist infantry.

Canadian Corps Cyclist Battalion was part of a force during the "Last 100 Days" called "The Independant Force" , also known as "Brutinel's Brigade". Under the command of Brig.Gen. R. Brutinel this group was comprised of the 1st & 2nd Canadian Motor Machine Gun Brigades , Trench Motors , Cavalry and the Cyclists.

Google Search Criteria: Condensed History of the Canadian Corps Cyclist Battalion
  Dedicated to the Study of the Canadian Expeditionary Force The Great War of 1914 - 1919

Cyclist Summary

Page 2 of 5
 Moran, John E. (Secretary) Canadian Corps Cyclist Battalion Association 1914 – 1918. Handbook, Toronto, Ontario, November, 1941
Author of Cyclist Summary Document:  Wendy Kimmel


Mounted Troops
Recruiting poster for the 48th (South Midland) Division Cyclist Company


The movie, "The Cyclist" should be made here in Hollywood North, Metro Vancouver where there's plenty of Moonbeam cyclists available as extras.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Caligraphy "Letter F" for "Farmers, in general, are more familiar with horses than other classes of farm live stock."

This may sound like a lead up to "Animal Farm"or "Oklahoma", but why oh why are BC Government Reports so plain jane, spun off from a computer, when there's the Real Thing, hand crafted from the early 1900s.


Horse Raising
ARMERS in general are more familiar with horses than with any other class of farm live stock.  They are kept on almost every farm either to perform work, to breed from, or both.  They furnish the motive power that operates the various farm implements and machinery.  It is impossible to farm successfully under present conditions without them.  There have been men in recent years who have endeavoured to eliminate the horse entirely from farming operations, and to perform all their work by machinery.  These men have failed to accomplish what they set out to do.  The power outfits are good in their place, but they have not as yet supplanted, and are not likely to supplant, the horse for general farm work.

F is for "Farmers, as a whole..."
".............and in some case enabling them to market their produce."

D is for "During the Summer of 1920 ... "









What would 1979 Nobel Peace recipient Mother Teresa say to Quebec Premier Pauline Marois' Values Charter?

There is no Value to the Values Charter.

Quote one of her many Quotes?

Will Quebec's Values Charter bar religious orders (and especially symbols, the veils) from working in publicly funded hospitals?

Will the Nunnery become None? 

Mother Teresa 1979 Nobel Peace recipient

Friday, September 13, 2013

Chicken Feathers!!!!! You say? Superheated chicken feathers? ... to hold vast amounts of Hydrogen?

The Source who gave us the idea for the Nelson "Galvania"  Iron Fertilizer Post, says we should start counting our chickens, REAL chickens, because there's more money to be made out of using discarded Chicken Feathers than the BC Liberal Government's LNG plan of creating a Trillion Dollars worth of Royalties in Fifty years, and wiping out our provincial debt in Fifteen years.

The BC Liberals are after the Black Gold of Coal, Natural Gas, and Tar Sands.

We say"    Chicken Feathers!!!
Chicken feathers may help cars use hydrogen fuel in the future. The feathers would not be the fuel, but they could help store it, new research reveals.
We've always sworn that the "North Face" sleeping bag, using Goose down to keep us warm in the coldest of weather (British Columbia) can't be beaten, ...... except, now, Super Heated Chicken Feathers have come to the rescue.

Richard Wool, director of the Affordable Composites from Renewable Resources program at the University of Delaware in Newark has this to say:
.... Wool and his colleagues say that superheated chicken feather fibers could hold vast amounts of hydrogen. They first looked at chicken feathers because they are extraordinarily cheap — the United States alone generates some 6 billion pounds of the feathers per year.

"It actually costs the poultry industry money to get rid of these feathers, so they're basically for free," Wool told LiveScience.

Chicken feather fibers are mostly composed of keratin, the same protein found in nails, scales, claws and beaks. When carefully heated for precise times to specific temperatures, the carbon-rich surfaces that result on the fibers attract hydrogen, somewhat like how activated charcoal filters can pull out impurities from liquids or gases. The heating process can also form hollow tubes between the fibers, strengthening their structure, and make them become more porous, boosting their surface area and thus their capacity to store gas. One can then pump gas into the fibers and store it at high pressure, and to release the gas, one just depressurizes it or raises the temperature.
Wool estimated that when using carbonized chicken feather fibers to store hydrogen, it would take a 75-gallon tank to go 300 miles in a car. His team is working to improve that range.

In addition to hydrogen storage, Wool and his colleagues are working on ways to transform chicken feather fibers into a number of other products, including hurricane-resistant roofing, lightweight car parts and bio-based computer circuit boards. Indeed, other researchers have suggested that chicken feathers could become common in clothing in the future.

H. Maxwell, ENGLAND


Some feathers, no doubt, are dried and stuffed haphazardly into odd cushions and pillows and so prove not entirely unprofitable, but the majority seldom get farther than the rubbish bin or fire. Yet, properly treated, all kinds of feathers are as money-making, in proportion, as good laying hens.

Some idea of the earning possibilities of feathers can be gathered from the fact that from 1920 - 1925 nearly £600,000 was spent on importing them. To-day that figure is probably half as much again for a shorter period.

It is perhaps not generally realized the diversity of purposes for which feathers are used, and this may in part account for lack of consideration of their moneymaking possibilities. The millinery trade still demands large stocks, whilst the fancy-goods merchants use tremendous quantities of all kinds of feathers. Manufacturers of artists' brushes, fishing-tackle, pipe-cleaners, are among those who depend upon the poultry-farm for their raw material in the shape of feathers. In preparing feathers for selling, each class of poultry should be kept apart. Duck and geese feathers fetch the best prices. Fowls and turkeys come next. White feathers fetch more than coloured ones, and the best time for marketing is during the summer and early autumn. In spring and at Christmas prices are lower. SNIPPED, PLUCKED

Page 2,
 Closing paragraphs to "Use of Feathers":

Most women consider that quilts of any kind demand " down," and few would attempt to make such items from the more easily obtained coarser feathers. This is a pity, because quite good quilts can be made out of stripped body-feathers alone. An extremely simple method of making quilts is to do them in the form of small bags, afterwards covering them and sewing them together.

Cut some length of  "down" proof sateen or cambric 2 inches long and 6 inches wide, seam and fill with feathers, afterwards sewing them up cushionwise. The size is a matter of convenience and taste, but the above is suggested as it holds the feathers from one hen and is therefore a guide.  For a quilt suitable for baby cot or buggy, six such bags are necessary. The great advantage about such quilts is that they can be added to indefinitely with very little trouble or time. 

For making a full-sized quilt, forty-five bags would be necessary and 7 yards of material would be required.

Friday, September 6, 2013

What is this

Built-in Upper  Corner Cabinet   20" X 30"

Red Cedar cabinet

Red Cedar Frame

Red Cedar Door Frame

Black Walnut Panel (loose) in Door frame

UPDATE  September 13, 2013

With the assistance of three Artists:  Tom Carter, Joe Cash and Guy Moonan Woods, the latter thinks the corner cabinet is an Eastern Canadian piece for the late 18th or 19th century.  The folk Chip Carving was likely done some time later as a winter project.

The Artists have only seen the same photos that are posted here.   To be clear, the Chip Carving panel was inserted into the door frame dado and then the hand cut Mortise and Tenon joints were glued together (horse glue).

"Dots", various size of dots, are gouged out from the surface of the Black Walnut Panel

"Four-some" clock-wise or counter clock-wise Scratch marks on Red Cedar Door Frame, no two lines are the same

Petals are like Snowflakes, no two are the same

1910 or earlier

Vancouver BC

MacKenzie Heights

White dots, which have now been removed, are spider droppings