Back in May we had to cut down an old Mango tree that was threatening the foundation of the house and some limbs from the 220 year old Monkeypod tree, a gift from King Kaumualii to the Christian Missionaries, that were overhanging the roof of the house.
We then milled these into gorgeous slabs that have been stacked and drying in our shipping container. Unfortunately, the termites and wood boring beetles have made a feast of them and we needed a quick solution to dry the wood and kill the bugs.
Fortunately for us, Jason Matukaitis, our resident welder and furniture maker, took it upon himself to build for us a solar kiln.
As Waimea is so hot and dry already it was not difficult to find a way to harness the sun's energy to dry our wood for us. The kiln is south facing and the windowed roof is angled the same as our latitude (21 degrees) so that for most of the day the sun hits directly at 90 degrees. A fan helps to circulate the warm air throughout the slabs.
Now all we have to do is wait for it to dry and we can start to turn the wood into all sorts of furniture and other beautiful useful items. Stay tuned!