Tag Archives: Jake Cassar

Venturers soon to have a night visit to hieroglyphs at Bambara!

Is this an Egyptian tomb located at the site?

Last weekend I had the honor of spending the
afternoon with Jake Cassar and his friends and supporters of Camp Bambara. The camp is a protest over the illegal destruction of a national park reserve near Kariong, near the Brisbane Waters National Park. You can find this camp just as you leave Kariong and head towards Woy Woy.

Jake, who also does bush tucker tours (see our videos!) gave a guided tour of the very mysterious hieroglyphics that can be found within this reserve. A short walk of 30 minutes from the camp will take you to a rocky outcrop. Amongst these giant slabs of sandstones are countless hieroglyphics!

Who knows where these carvings come from? Were they from two Egyptian brothers who were stranded here thousands of years ago – just like the carvings depict? There is also a mysterious looking tomb there!!!

The Mount Colah Mount Kuring Gai Venturers will definitely be going on a Wednesday night tour of this place, this term! It should be awesome!

We may do a trip with there with our scouts or with other venturers from our region! The venturers from Berowra would love this stuff!

There’s lot’s more info on this place on the web. Type in “Brisbane Waters heiroglyphs” or “Kariong hieroglyphs” in Google and see the theories behind the carvings, and tombstone. We’ll leave it to you to decide what to make of them. It goes without saying though, that this area should be protected as it has a lot of cultural and sacred significance for Aboriginals, the original inhabitants of the area.

If you would like to make a trip to this place, drop in at the camp at Bambara and ask for Jake and his friends to guide you to the carvings. Please support the Bambara protest by offering a small donation to their cause! These guys are really doing courageous work by protesting over having more bushland trashed and turned into unnecessary residential area.

Once this beautiful bushland region is gone, it’s gone for good. As ancestors of our future generations, it’s up to us to preserve this region.

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How to Build an Emergency Home in a Day

 

Sandbags, dirt and barbed wire are all that's needed to start building an earthquake proof shelter like this!

I stumbled upon this info years ago, when I was looking for designs on adobe buildings. Recently I was chatting to Jake Cassar – The Bush Tucker Man, and I thought it would be great to share this info with him and those that are interested in the type of work that he does. This one’s for you Jake…

Build an earthquake proof home within a day!

Extract the from Cal-Earth website…

After a fire, hurricane, flood, or earthquake we immediately declare that this was a natural disaster, an act of God. The right question is why did our house burn, fall apart, or get swept away? And when we have the chance to re-build it, why should we build it the same way and in the same place? Ultimately “natural disasters” are human created disasters blamed on nature.

“To build simple emergency and safe structures in our backyards, to give us maximum safety with minimum environmental impact, we must choose natural materials and, like nature itself, build with minimum materials to create maximum space, like a beehive or a sea shell. The strongest structures in nature which work in tune with gravity, friction, minimum exposure and maximum compression, are arches, domes and vault forms. And they can be easily learned and utilize the most available material on earth: Earth.”
– Nader Khalili

Architect and author Nader Khalili developed this simple breakthrough building technology known as Superadobe (sandbags and barbed wire) and Ceramic Houses, with the freely available material of earth, for almost thirty years.

Khalili believes that the whole family should be able to build together, men and women, from grandma to the youngest child. As such, we have spent many years researching hands-on how to make the process simpler and easier. There should be no heavy lifting or backaches, no expensive equipment, and a flexible and fast construction. The bags are filled in place on the wall using small pots like coffee cans, or even kitchen utensils. You can build alone or as a group.

The structural principles of the timeless forms of arches, domes, vaults, and apses are built with the materials of earth, sandbags and barbed wire using the engineering of single and double curvature compression shell structures, to reach the ultimate in strength, self-help, and aesthetics. In Superadobe, the ancient earth architecture of the Middle East using sun-dried mud bricks is fused with its portable nomadic culture of fabrics and tensile elements, not just through design and pattern, but through the structure itself. Structural design uses modern engineering concepts like base-isolation and post-tensioning. The innovation of barbed wire adds the tensile element to the traditional earthen structures, creating earthquake resistance despite the earth’s low shear strength. The aerodynamic forms resist hurricanes. The innovation of sandbags adds flood resistance, and easy construction, while the earth itself provides insulation and fire-proofing.

Khalili and Cal-Earth has donated instructions on
how to build these structures to benefit mankind.
Download the instructions here.

It’s a proven technology, it’s cost effective, you need very little building material, just what nature gives you. So simple it can be learned by everybody.

Cal-Earth Website

Witchetty Grubs

Lemon Ants – Lemon Sherbet from the Bush

Tracking Goannas and Wallabies

Jake Cassar’s Bush Tucker Weekend Didgeridoo Opening

How to Erect a Tent Using Cone Sticks

Bush Soap

Gahnia as Bush Tucker

Yabbies as Bush Tucker