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By: Admin    November 13 2017 , 04:41 pm
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Strong Oaks Woodshop – Front Royal, VirginiaMike Schmiedicke was a normal guy with a white-collar job for many years. Doing web programming and database development meant he sat at a desk and stared at a computer day in and day out. But when he came home, he went into his garage and he built things. “It was my therapy,” Mike said. “My wife and I had a deal. She would bring me a kids’ catalog with a learning tower or rocking horse in it and ask me to make it. Once I did, I could spend that money we saved on my collection of carpentry tools instead.”Back in 2001, starting a wood shop out of a hobby was nothing more than a hope and a dream – but the seeds of an idea had already begun. Mike came up with a plan to gradually transition from web development into woodworking full-time. In 2008, he started selling things on Etsy – he was actually one of the first furniture makers to ut...
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By: Admin    October 26 2017 , 03:30 pm
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Entrepreneurs are fascinating people. Whether they are owners of a small business or a large industry, entrepreneurs have certain characteristics in common that help their business succeed.VisionEntrepreneurs have a vision for something great. Most entrepreneurs previously worked for companies and though perhaps loving the line of work, thought of different ways and methods to accomplish tasks and build success. An entrepreneur is someone who thinks beyond the task at hand and constantly feeds their vision of a wonderful business. Great vision is important for an entrepreneur because it is the root and ground work of any company. Whenever the company goes through rough times it will be the initial vision that carries everything through.ConnectionsSince an entrepreneur wears many hats it is important to develop good connections with other business owners. Connections help not only when fundraising but a...
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By: Admin    October 17 2017 , 04:29 pm
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A Guide to Wood FlooringHardwood floors are rustic, timeless, and aesthetically pleasing; this explains why homeowners seek out houses that possess this classic wood style. Whether you currently own a home with hardwood floors, or are looking into a wood floor installation here is an instructive guide.Types of Wood FloorsThere are three different types of wood floors: laminate, engineered, and solid wood.Laminate: Invented in 1977, it has come a long way from its Swedish beginnings. Initially the poor man’s floor, laminate now has a better appearance and performance, making these floors widely recognized and used. Laminate is the layering of material (usually fiberboard) with a top layer of a wooden board and stain. Although not real wood, laminate is the most inexpensive “wood” floor and great for those on a budget and still in want of a pleasing look.Engineered: Not quite the real deal, but a s...
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By: Admin    October 17 2017 , 02:40 pm
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Agricultural Aid from… Robots?Robotics offer promising new innovations that are making waves in agriculture and landscaping industries. Farmers and greenhouse owners are using robotic innovations to help with labor shortages, maximize production, and save money. Take a look at popular crowd founding websites for a glimpse at what the future holds.Picking and Harvesting ProduceThese robots use vacuums to pick apples, and are able to gently remove them from trees in large quantities.A firm called Abundant Robotics is building a robotic apple picker with the help of a $10 million investment from GV (formerly Google Ventures). Here is a YouTube video showing their robot vacuuming apples off trees.In an article for Tech Crunch, CEO Dan Steere explained: “It’s very difficult to locate fruit that’s ready to be picked within a canopy and then retrieve it without turning it into apple sauce.” Yet, tha...
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By: Admin    August 10 2017 , 09:01 pm
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Landscaping and cutting-edge fashion have something in common.They can both put organic textiles to use and create beautiful, useful, and eco-friendly consumer options. There are so many uses for biodegradable materials, including fabric, eco-friendly shoes, home decorations, and even compost piles. It is worth researching a few common (and uncommon) textiles and their benefits. Whether you are into greenscapes that are free of weeds, or looking to reduce your carbon footprint starting at home, organic materials can be an invaluable help!What Are Organic Textiles?Essentially, these textiles have been produced without the use of harmful toxins, like herbicides and pesticides, or genetically modified organisms (GMOs). As with food, many people choose organically-sourced over inorganic fabrics because they improve quality of living. For example, who would not want to swaddle their newborn in a 100% non-to...
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