Salt is cheap in the Netherlands. Below the ground, in Boekelo, in Twente, lies a thick layer of salt, hard to imagine how vast. Steam is pumped into this and the saltwater automatically floats to the surface. That’s it. Seawater consists of various salts in a fluid state. One liter holds roughly 35 grams of salts: • 24 grams sodium chloride, • 5 grams magnesium chloride, • 4 grams sodium sulphate, • 0.7 grams calcium chloride, • 0.8 grams magnesium bromide. Because of this structure, sea salt tastes different from kitchen salt, which consists mainly of sodium chloride. It is called: stone salt ( petrified sea salt ) and, in spite of what all health freaks think, it is healthier than sea salt, because the oceans , million of years ago, were still virginally clean, which is , nowadays, not completely the case. To prevent goiter, iodide is usually added.
Here, there are no petrified inland seas and the salt has to be won from the sea. Seawater contains 3,5 % salt, so in each liter 35 grams; in a ten liter bucket : 350 grams; in two buckets : 700 grams. Thus, a man can scoop that much out of the sea, at one go, every day, his whole life long. Each and every day, again and again…
Born in the Netherlands on 23-04-1940 and passed away in Bali on 25-05-2015. Farelli was the pseudonym of a remarkable man who was infused with an obsessive desire to create things that did not yet exist. Born in the Netherlands in 1940 Dolf Versteegh left his home country in 1990 in order to start a new life on the Island of Bali. Without any formal education he reinvented himself as an architect, as a designer of furniture, as a sculptor and as a writer.
As a teenager Dolf spent only three years in High School but he kept studying history and the natural world all his life and during his last 25 years on Bali he revealed himself not only as versatile artist but also as a formidable scholar of biology.
Farelli was a prolific creator of web content and what he has left behind will remain standing as a great monument to his creative spirit, his ingenuity and his never-ending search for knowledge.