Thursday, January 30, 2014


Doin' my primitive part!

The trash truck don't pull up in front of the castle on Mondays and Thursdays. So, yours truly, I, PrimitiveBob baron of SkyCastle must don that cap also. Bottles and jars fall one after another to the solid steel truck axle below and reduce into crumbs. The drum has a cloth cover. It is quiet as far as breaking glass goes, and a fun way to do a boring chore. You notice the whoosh of air from the end of the pipe as different items fall to "the rod" and "tish" into crumbs. Quite fun. It will all come down when I'm done and I'll mix the glass in concrete. The real object was to be safe and quiet. Castle life is hard,,, but it's the fountain of youth! Yes my friends, by the time you get to the top you can be ten again.

There is an additional 6 foot section that fits in the top of the pipe not shown here. On a rare cloudy day!

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Monday, January 20, 2014

Sargent At Arms

Casper is in charge of castle defense. Beware of the dog!


Secrets- from Primitive Bob

My grandfather built this house. His castle. I wish I could convey how proud I am. I don't mean he paid someone to build it for him. Some of my life's fondest memories were made in this house on the few occasions I visited. He planted the two trees in the front among many other things. I'm a mere chip off the old block (a small speck). And very proud of it.

Friday, January 17, 2014

A Wheel of Fortune

Or,,, don't let the spinning compost can make you dizzy!

The upper half of a 1000 gal. tank that I cut in half last year ("How to Open a Big Can" July 2013 post) mounted with home made roller bearings on a two inch thick walled pipe. I installed a new bottom from similar gauge sheet metal, cut by hand, crimped and screwed in place. A 4 inch PVC pipe through the can holds the roller bearings, 14 pcs. of 1/2" galvanized conduit 3" long, fallowed by 3/16" stainless wire bent into a giant snap retainer ring. The PVC pipe is secured to the can with 12 gauge sheet metal ends (one cone shaped and one plate) screwed to the can and the pipe. The assembly is secured between 2 telephone poles, 4 feet in the ground. It is solid and does rotate very well.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

PB Baron of SkyCastle

The Normans (in French: Normands; in Latin Nortmanni) were the people who gave their name to Normandy, a region in northern France. They were descended from Viking conquerors of the territory and the native Merovingian culture formed from Germanic Franks and Romanised Gauls.
The Normans played a major political, military, and cultural role in medieval Europe and even the Near East. They were famed for their martial spirit and eventually for their Christian piety. They quickly adopted the Romance language of the land they settled, their dialect becoming known as Norman, Normand or Norman French.
"Scotland" comes from Scoti, the Latin name for the Gaels. The Late Latin word Scotia ("land of the Gaels") was initially used to refer to Ireland.[31 By the 11th century at the latest, Scotia was being used to refer to (Gaelic-speaking) Scotland north of the river Forth. The use of the words Scots and Scotland to encompass all of what is now Scotland became common in the Late Middle Ages.
The Kingdom of Scotland emerged as an independent sovereign state in the Early Middle Ages and continued to exist until 1707.