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  1. If you do, are you willing to share how life is with it, or what you have done to cope with it, including medical procedures? Thanks.
  2. Ferret, it would help me if you could be more specific about the location of 1 or 2 of the places you mentioned. Thank you.
  3. Up to now, I`ve made all my nonplastic papermaking equipment - moulds, deckles - because they can`t be found here but I just had a carpenter make some bare frames - ah, that was nice!
  4. Ah, thanks for this, could be perfect! I will go looking. You`re certainly right about the DIY version. I used to. I used to make everything when I was in the States and enjoyed it - clothes, food, furniture, etc., ad nauseum. Now that help is available rather inexpensively, I find myself taking advantage of it, and am enjoying that quite a bit! Another wonderful gift from Mexico.
  5. I have quite throughly researched Youtube about this subject. I may have to try the fire method. Thanks, happyjillin.
  6. I need the entire volume vacated down to the bottom 2 inches inside the log and retaining only the outside 2 inches. I doubt the kids would want to do that or that a lathe could do that but thanks for your suggestions.
  7. I need to hollow out a part of a log to make a beating chamber to macerate fibers for papermaking. Anyone who has done this or has similar experience have any suggestions, or want to help? The log piece, any tree species, should be a couple of feet in length and 10-12" in diameter. The fastest way to hollow out a log appears to be using the tip of a chainsaw but I don`t have one nor do I have the experience to do this. Drilling wide holes into it with a heavy duty drill then cleaning out between the holes has some promise. As does cutting it in half lengthwise, hollowing it out then gluing it back together but I don`t have the tools for either of these methods. Does anyone have the tools needed that wants to help? In return, I`ll show you how to make paper with any of a couple of dozen plants here lakeside including lirio, agave, grass, banana leaves, corn husks and leaves, etc.
  8. Chapala festival just ending today - what was it? It had cohetes every day at 6am, 12pm, 6pm, 12am (plus all day) sent from the soccer field at Miguel Martinez and Guerrero.
  9. Well, not quite. Both are calcium compounds. Cal is calcium hydroxide (CaOH2). Yeso or gypsum is calcium sulfate (CaSO4). I`ve tried cal for my work (coating amate "paper") and it is not satisfactory.
  10. Yes, it is always good to be generous, especially when it is easy for the giver. However, everything is relative. Mexican minimum wage is about 6 pesos per hour vs. US minimum wage = about 150 pesos ($7.25) per hour. 60 pesos per hour is 10 times the minimum wage, the equivalent of $70 per hour in the US. That is an excellent living wage in Mexico, even if someone is working part-time and even here where expats have driven up prices for everything over the last 30 years and living expenses are higher than in most of Mexico. 60 pesos per hour is among the highest rates paid by expats for domestic work. 60 pesos per hour, quite above a decent wage, is an excellent wage.
  11. Hola, I`m looking for raw gesso (yeso) preferably in the form of pure hydrated calcium sulfate but will take anything that is called yeso here. Know where I can find it? Gracias.
  12. What is the species name of the most common street ficus in our area? Is it native to Mexico?
  13. I moved from Ajijic to Chapala because of noise. My area of Chapala is much quieter. As to cost of living, $1K per month is adequate but I don`t have any of the medical expenses you mention and my house (2 bed/1 bath/large yard) rental is less than 300/month. I moved in before the recent large increase in rental prices. Comparable prices are now double and increasing so $2K might be closer for you.
  14. If you were directing your reply to my post, please observe I did not say it was a male.
  15. It is at least one of the most extraordinary artesania exhibitions in Mexico, if not the most extraordinary. I feel incredibly privileged to see it each year. Bravos and kudos to the volunteers and non-profit organizers who work their arses off all year to make this happen. It is in existence solely to allow the traditional artisans to keep working in their hundreds-of-years-old crafts. Without the feria, many of them would simply not be able to do their art any longer. This would represent a huge cultural loss to all of Mexico. The only people making money in this venture is the artisans. See the 80-peso entrance fee as the entrance fee to one of the most incredible museums in Mexico and just come look. Support the artisans with your pesos if you are able then feel your spirit lift each time you see the best work in Mexico in your home.
  16. Need carpentry advice. I have a large wood table outside (4" legs) that are rotting at the bottom. How best to secure them from the water? Fill them with wood dough and seal or varnish heavily? Doesn`t matter how they look. It`s just a large work table. I just need it to keep working. Thanks.
  17. Gimpy`s right...taxi from the airport. Nueva Posada is my recommendation. Beautiful setting on the lake and beautiful rooms, OK restaurant, near LCS and the plaza (for meeting expats and socializing). Call now for reservations, the crowd is on its way.
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