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Old 12-13-2007, 02:35 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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I have a friend, likely coming about the same time I do, who might be very interested in working with you on that sort of stuff... but he cannot work full time or not especially regular either (thinking of the old gent... ) he's had a rough life, should be getting disability soon but wants to contribute to the world not just be "a leech." But his health makes it impossible for him to punch a time clock... and his loosing dexterity means he isn't FAST anymore...

Heck I wound an armiture once (VERY VERY long ago... I was a kid... building a kit... lol) and still enjoy doing strange stuff like that...

My buddy has been online looking at bare land, dreaming. I am hunkering down in "major save money mode" suspecting that the move will come before the job and getting myself prepared. But I hear ya... and see the lifestyle that you have fitting me and my friend like a glove... a little of this, a little of that, a garden, canning, drying... selling stuff (my hex art keeps building momentum!), and likely some temp work maybe even a real 9-5 for me, who knows...

We will be there... 2008 for sure and likely the earlier part if our wishes have any sway...
I certainly wish you luck with your move
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Old 12-13-2007, 04:54 PM
 
Location: Northern Maine
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forest beekeeper mentions; "electric-producing wind-mills and hydro-electric plants."

Argyle is flat as a pancake. If you have enough open ground or a tall enough tower I can see a windmill, but how could you run a hydro station there?
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Old 12-13-2007, 07:17 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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My property could support three low-head hydro-electric plants
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Old 12-14-2007, 01:30 AM
 
Location: God's Country, Maine
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[quote=Northern Maine Land Man;2244056]

There is almost an underground economy of such people in Northern Maine and they do a pretty good business by word of mouth alone. I had the starter on my 1947 Ford tractor rewound there. It has to be the same place. I know a retired machinist who makes parts for hydraulic cylinders and many intricate parts for all kinds of old equipment. There are more small custom saw mills than I can count and they all stay busy. Nearly all of these folks will give you advice while you are getting started. New craftsmen and tradesmen are welcome here. Nearly everybody is welcome here because every family adds to the stability of the community. Remember back in the old western movies where townspeople would just about beg a family not to leave? They all understood something today's economists call "critical mass". Once a community declines to a certain level it cannot survive and life in many communities has come down to survival.

It's intentional folks. The environmental industry is working hard on their program, of rural cleansing. If you are an artist and want to be in one of their "core service communities" they approve of you. If you want to live back in the woods they see you as promoting sprawl.


The state has been promoting their "creative economy" all wrong, and the towns have been in the midst of a pipe dream with their version of cottage industry for a long time now.
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Old 12-14-2007, 03:50 PM
 
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Forest writes
"This morning I just returned from a motor re-wind shop, this old gentleman has been doing business for 35 years, he has no competitors and nobody to take over his business."

There is almost an underground economy of such people in Northern Maine and they do a pretty good business by word of mouth alone. I had the starter on my 1947 Ford tractor rewound there. It has to be the same place. I know a retired machinist who makes parts for hydraulic cylinders and many intricate parts for all kinds of old equipment. There are more small custom saw mills than I can count and they all stay busy. Nearly all of these folks will give you advice while you are getting started. New craftsmen and tradesmen are welcome here. Nearly everybody is welcome here because every family adds to the stability of the community. Remember back in the old western movies where townspeople would just about beg a family not to leave? They all understood something today's economists call "critical mass". Once a community declines to a certain level it cannot survive and life in many communities has come down to survival.

It's intentional folks. The environmental industry is working hard on their program, of rural cleansing. If you are an artist and want to be in one of their "core service communities" they approve of you. If you want to live back in the woods they see you as promoting sprawl.

If you are from Maine, come on home. There is a support group here. If you are "from away" come on up anyway. The support group exists for you too. Do not be deterred by the penthouse environmentalists who don't want you here. Your future neighbors want you here.

Northern Maine Land Man. You always make the most sense to me. Thanks for saying so. I agree.

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We're not after perfect. We're after a home.
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Old 12-15-2007, 07:52 AM
 
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NMLM, you are 100% correct. We really thought that we'd run into some aversion here to "people from away". We were mostly wrong. Instead, when we settled, we found just the opposite. People whose families had lived in the town for generations in the town we moved to treated us like family. Those who had come to Maine from away themselves were the ones to call us "flatlanders", "from away", etc, as though they were trying to make themselves feel better. We found a real sense of community here, and people don't care where you are from. They'll ask, mostly I think because they want to figure out whether you are here by choice, or by circumstance. I think figuring that if you are here simply by circumstance, and would rather be elsewhere, then they won't be as welcoming, but if you are here by choice, and want to be a "Mainer" than they will dang well help you acheive that goal. We are very happy here, and love the sense of community.
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Old 12-15-2007, 08:00 AM
 
Location: Southwestern Ohio
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What are the odds? It's so nice that you two got to meet. I hope to have the same distinct pleasure someday.
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