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  1. 13 hours ago, Ferret said:

    I am carless at the moment so I can't check for you. One location was at the Bazaar just west of the Tuesday market on the same side. The other was at the Vivero behind SuperLake.  I do not know if they are still there because I saw them six months ago.

    I have been rolling the "how to" around in the back of my mind though. I do have a Porter Cable 3.0 amp Oscillating Multi-Tool with various attachments that you may BORROW. It can cut with one blade and then "chisel" out slices with another blade. I like it because of the ability to rotate the blades to the direction needed and the blades are easily changed. It will be easier than hand tools but will still take you some time. pm me.

    I sent you a PM.

  2. On 12/16/2019 at 6:33 PM, Ferret said:

    I have also seen hollowed out logs at some of the viveros and bazaars west of Ajijic. They are supposed to be used as planters but I think they would serve your purpose. Anything else is going to be very time consuming to make even if you had the right tools.




    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. 16 hours ago, Ferret said:

    I have also seen hollowed out logs at some of the viveros and bazaars west of Ajijic. They are supposed to be used as planters but I think they would serve your purpose. Anything else is going to be very time consuming to make even if you had the right tools.




    Ah, thanks for this, could be perfect!  I will go looking.  You`re certainly right about the DIY version.


    13 hours ago, happyjillin said:

    Those of us that make our own things enjoy it no matter how long it takes

    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.


  4. 4 hours ago, happyjillin said:

    I think that bd would be better off going to Have Hammers and have one of the kids carve out just the end of a 2 foot log and smooth the carving  for what he needs to use it for


    4 hours ago, traderspoc said:

    usually use a lathe, to make a bowl shaped depression,


    see interent making bowl out of log

    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.

  5. 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.

  6. On 11/30/2019 at 1:21 PM, mexjerry said:

    Here we go AGAIN!!

    TO FSCKING CHEAP $500 mxn pesos=$25.56US dollars

    $60 mxn pesos= 3.06 mxn pesos

    For some fscking sake, pay the people a DESCENT WAGE

    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.


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  7. On 11/23/2019 at 1:00 PM, blankletmusic said:

    Never lived in Chapala. I'll keep that in mind, thank you, but aren't a lot of the neighborhoods there really noisy (again, subjective, I suppose....)

    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.

  8. On 11/16/2019 at 8:42 PM, Yo1 said:

    A Lesser Goldfinch and the photo of the yellow headed bird do NOT match.  The bird in the first photo is definitely not a parakeet, which would have a "hooked" bill.  It looks like a Lesser Goldfinch female, not a male.

    If you were directing your reply to my post, please observe I did not say it was a male.  

  9. 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.

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  10. 3 hours ago, Big Worm said:

    Hello. We are new to this board. We are starting to plan a trip to Lake Chapala in February. from Arizona We would fly into Guadalajara. How would we get to Lake Chapala the best way? Any recommendations on where to stay for 9 days? Finally, where would we meet expats to have a drink and talk or listen to music and talk? Hoping to have a great vacation, meet new people and learn great spots to visit and what makes Lake Chapala so special. Thank you in advance. Scott and Sue

    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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