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Homebrew Wind Power


Have you ever wondered how wind turbines work and why they look like they do? Are you interested in adding wind power to your off-grid electric system, but have been put off by the high cost of equipment and installation? Well, now you can build and install your own wind turbine! Harnessing the wind can be a tricky business, but in this groundbreaking book the authors provide step-by-step, illustrated instructions for building a wind generator in a home workshop. Even if you don't plan on building your own turbine, this book is packed with valuable information for anyone considering wind energy. It covers the basic physics of how the energy in moving air is turned into electricity, and most importantly, will give you a realistic idea of what wind energy can do for you--and what it can't.

These blueprints are the perfect complement to our Homebrew Wind Power Book. Each component of the 10 foot turbine in the book is presented at actual size (100% scale, or whatever size you want) so you can actually have your local blueprint shop print you copies that you can cut out to make 100% scale fabrication templates, and extra copies for the workbench and to hang on the wall...They are handsome with 3D rendering and shading.

Note-You will need to work with your large-format printer or local print shop and make test copies to get the scale exactly right, measured with a scale ruler, because all printers and software vary. For example our last run had to be scaled at 99.89% by the printer.

We no longer print and ship these in tubes from here, as they were large to store safely and easily damaged in shipping. At 100% scale the prints measure 36 x 62 inches, but of course your printer or print shop can scale to whatever size you wish. All turbine parts are covered, and each is dimensioned.

Young Engineer's Guide


When you put enough BTUs into water, it flashes to steam, expanding to 1700 times its original volume. That's the raw power of nature. Steam was the start of the Industrial Revolution, and is still the main generator of most of the electricity we use on Earth today. Nuclear power, coal power, natural gas power, concentrated solar power, geothermal power—it all is converted into steam to run generators. And the technology dates back to about 1700. Steam engines also make a marvelous hobby for some folks who enjoy watching and trying to control this awesome force, with machinery from a bygone era. It's dangerous, and needs constant attention to detail and procedure, but the rewards are mechanical, electrical and visceral. This book lays down the line on how to safely operate and maintain a steam engine, how to troubleshoot and react instantly if things go wrong, and also to draw you back to the past where you might have a been a whistle punk, an engineer, or just a youngster trying to make a living at a logging camp, a farm, a ranch or a railroad.

flood damage

The September floods here in Colorado and 2012 forest fire hit us hard...with the extensive damage to our shop, we were no longer able to fabricate wind turbine parts and kits. However, we have now relocated to a new facility in town, and are able to create custom wind turbine parts and kits! For more information, please CONTACT US.

We are also still a full-service renewable energy system design, consulting, installation, maintenance and troubleshooting company, see our sister website Buckville Energy.
High Park Fire photo credit Ward Erickson