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The 'Our Shared Planet' trailer, designed to transport the exhibit sculptures and equipment, contains a unique component of our message of sustainability.  The trailer houses Jim's innovative solar powered workshop.  This feature allows Jim the freedom to continue working on the exhibit pieces, as well as commissions, while traveling with the exhibit.  It also provides an interesting mobile classroom for tours and demonstrations, showing the beauty of solar power, as well as the creative process behind his amazing wood sculptures.  The electric power needed to run the saws, grinders, Dremel tools, wood burning pens, and lighting, comes from harnessing the power of the sun.  A battery system stores the extra power, permitting work beyond daylight, and multiple days without sunshine.  Even the cabinets and benches in the workspace have been crafted from recycled lumber and materials.
 

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Jim uses the 'OSP' solar system to charge the electric vehicles
designed and built by the Bayfield High School, Tech Ed class

 

 

 
 


 

"I feel that due to the very nature and message of the 'Our Shared Planet' exhibit, it is very important to not only talk the talk, but to walk the walk, when it comes to sustainability.  An added bonus that comes with solar power, is the freedom of knowing I don't have to be plugged into the grid or add more pollution to the environment, while creating the exhibit and my artwork."

-Jim Ramsdell

 

   
 
   


jim@oursharedplanet.org