Last week I submitted two articles to Backwoods Home Magazine. Below are photos which might be suitable for illustrating the articles. These are posted so the editor can choose which ones she wants.
These photos are for the article on kerosene lamps. Some are alternate shots of the same scene.
Lamp Photo 1 -- Washing soot from lamp chimneys. It's best to use a plastic tub or other means to keep the glass from bumping into the sink, which can easily break the chimney.
Lamp Photo 2 -- Washing lamp bases. This illustrates some of the variety of kerosene lamps.
Lamp Photo 3 -- Clean chimneys. Let these air-dry completely, because a wet chimney can shatter if placed on a lit lamp.
Lamp Photo 4 -- A wick trimmed to produce a crown-shaped flame. A little bit of charring at the tip is normal and won't affect the quality of the flame.
Lamp Photo 5 -- Two ways to trim a wick to produce a crown-shaped flame.
Lamp Photo 6 -- This lamp has the wick adjusted too high. The result is a huge out-of-control flame that uses too much kerosene and soots up the chimney. In this instance, the chimney becomes significantly coated with soot within ten seconds or so.
Lamp Photo 7 -- A sooty chimney after about ten seconds of a wick adjusted too high.
Lamp Photo 8 -- A properly-adjusted wick should not be visible over the top of the burner. Adjusting the wick too high is one of the most common reasons people are frustrated by kerosene lamps and smokey chimneys.
Lamp Photo 9 -- The proper way to light a lamp is to hold the match horizontally to the wick, not downward.
Lamp Photo 10 -- A bulk order of burner units which fit onto canning jars, allowing an ordinary canning jar to be converted into a kerosene lamp.
Lamp Photo 11 -- Spare chimneys, purchased at thrift stores and stored in liquor boxes, which have dividers.
Lamp Photo 12 -- A package of new 3/4" wicks. These can be found at most hardware stores.
Lamp Photos 13 through 17 -- A lamp gives enough lighting to read a small-print book if placed close by.
Lamp Photos 18 - 20 -- A collection of kerosene lamps, illustrating some of the variety.
Lamp Photo 21 -- A classic kerosene lamp
Lamp Photo 22 -- A canning jar turned into a kerosene lamp. Not as pretty, but just as practical.
These are photos for the Low-Tech article. Not too many, I'm open to suggestions.
Low-Tech Photo 1 -- Wood cookstove. An excellent multi-purpose tool which cooks, heats water, supplies heat to the house, etc.
Low-Tech Photo 2
Low-Tech Photo 3 -- Food staples such as beans, rice, spices, etc. are versatile and inexpensive.
Low-Tech Photo 4 -- Indoor clothes racks (either standing or hanging) are an excellent low-tech alternative to clothes dryers.
Low-Tech Photo 5 -- Scythes. (Lisa, take note: this photo is only available in 1003 kb resolution.)
Low-Tech Photos 6-9: Scything wheat.
Low-Tech Photo 10 -- Maps won't fail.
Low-Tech Photos 11, 12 -- Books are your low-tech friends.