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Yay! It came!!!

Recently, I've been an aficionado of The Deliberate Agrarian's blog. Herrick Kimball has many words of wisdom to share along with many of his "whizbang" ideas. Dan and I decided that we wanted to go ahead and buy a few of his books and to start, we chose the Whizbang Apple Grinder and Cider Press. His ideas are ingenious! If you're close-by and would like to borrow our copy (after we're done pouring over it!), we'd be more than happy to share with you. But we will be careful to protect Mr. Kimball's book and ideas. He's a very honest hard-working man, but since he just made some tweaks to better pre-existing designs, he can't patent his ideas--so we don't want to take away from his home business at all. The book was less than $20, including the shipping and handling--Dan and I just decided to buy a book rather than have a date night. I was very excited! :)


  1. We have the whizbang chicken plucker book if you ever get so inclined to build one... I think we decided just to pluck by hand for a while--it looked pretty intricate. Nathan has the ides to use a turkey fryer for a scalder so maybe after Thanksgiving we can find one on sale. The book of his that I really want is the whizbang garden cart. Actually I just want a cart like that, I don't want to have to build it :) Let me know how the cider press goes. Mmmmmm apple cider... Aimee

  2. Yeah, I've been waiting on Dan to read it with me. I might try to convince him to make it in time for Maine's apples (in about 2 weeks, max), but we'll see. We're trying to downsize, not accumulate more stuff, haha. That's a really good idea for a scalder. Dan really wants to get that book, too. Kristin and Daniel already have a plucker that they bought, but it's a similar design as the Whizbang one. And if you want a cart, Dan can for sure build you one--he took one look at the picture and said, "psh, I don't need plans to build that. It's so easy." Then again, he has been doing construction independently since he was about 13. haha. We'll let you know how it goes!

  3. Ok, as an update, we did end up reading it, but we definitely won't be able to get around to making one in time for this year. The parts for both will probably run us close to $300 and then we'd have to let the finish cure for 30 days to be sure that it's going to be safe to be in contact with food. Too much in the way of car repairs and we're being uber frugal in preparation for the move and not wanting to accumulate more things. Plus, Dan will fore sure be wanting to buy a few more workshop tools to make it correctly (router and band saw, I think) so we have to take the cost of those into consideration. Next fall for sure! Be on the lookout for orchards!


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