It was with great sorrow that the Handy Village Institute postponed its Annual March Small Wind Workshop, this year. Even before the government leaders issued their state and county orders to self-isolate, we were all in clear agreement that it was the right thing to do. We have chosen August 10 to 15, 2020 as our goal to reschedule our workshop. We love being able to host this extraordinary opportunity for participants to come and learn how to make a small wind turbine from scratch that can add wind power a homestead or small farm renewable energy system. We were really looking forward to working with this year's group, and hope to see everyone soon. We either really miss you, or we really want to meet you!
Chris Carter took our newest machine to the regular powder coating shop, and they balked at the color request. Fortunately, a nearby shop that works on race cars had just what we wanted. They too called it "Pepto-Bismol Pink," and offered also a choice to use "Purple Passion". Maybe the for the next one we will take them up on it!
Of course, there is great uncertainty at this time about how long we will need to refrain from gatherings, as well as how many losses we may experience in our community. It has taken awhile for many in our greater community to accept that we really do need to be this disciplined about avoiding transmission of this new virus. It is also taking some even longer to accept that we probably will not be bouncing back to "normal" in the next few weeks. At present, North Carolina is on lock-down through April.
With proper social-distancing by all, work has continued on the installation of the most recent turbine built in our shop. Asked what color I wanted it to be, this time, I said "Pepto-Bismol Pink," and so it is. Some think it is more the color of borscht with sour cream stirred into it. I don't have a problem with that because I love beets! This installation is the first one in our county that will undergo inspection by the Orange County Planning and Inspections Department. We hope that their experience working with us will open the door to more turbines on local farms in the future.
We hope you will keep following Handy Village Institute, online, here and on Facebook. If you can make it, please join us for our next workshop. We also always hold an Open House at the shop on the evening before the final day of the workshop, so participants can show off their work to family and friends and neighbors. It is also a great time to drop by if you are thinking about taking the workshop in the future. If all goes as planned, the Open House will be on August 14, between 5 and 7 pm. Refreshments will be served, tunes will be played and sung, and families will be welcomed. Until then, please take care and stay safe. We want you to stick around a while longer!
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Deborah Amaral enjoys working with her hands to make things, and hopes to inspire others to do so, too.