Blacksmithing is an ancient and powerful craft.The art of blacksmithing has been around since Egyptian times, according to historians. Blacksmithing helped society to evolve by creating tools, goods, and weapons of war. There are still blacksmiths today, though it is not nearly as common a practice as it was 200 years ago. If you are searching for a unique skill, look no further.Blacksmithing ToolsBefore you start hammering a hot piece of red metal, you will need to buy your equipment. The biggest investment you will make is a forge. There are a few options from which to choose. You can purchase a coal, charcoal, or propane fueled forge. Coal is the cheaper and more common option. It burns hotter, longer, and is easier to light than its charcoal competitor, but because of environmental concerns, it is not as readily available in every state, due to regulations. Charcoal is the same substance used to li...
Reel push mowers are an underrated tool for lawn maintenance. Although the reel push mower was a popular invention at the time, it was quickly outranked and forgotten after the gas mower’s invention. The lawn mower was invented in 1830 and started being produced in the United States in 1868. At the time, the reel push mower was certainly a better alternative to using shears or a scythe to cut grass, but when the gas mower came along, the reel push mower lost popularity. However, reel push mowers still have their place in the world and have many benefits over a gas mower. Why Use a Reel Push Mower? Reel push mowers have plenty of enticing benefits, such as quietness, low maintenance needs, and eco-friendly results. Gas mowers are noisy and you have to take neighbors into consideration when cutting the grass. With a reel push mower, you can enjoy being outdoors more by hearing ...
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...
DIY Enthusiasts Beware!There are plenty of DIY tasks for the enthusiastic homeowner: window cleaning, power washing, and deck staining to name a few. But one task not recommended to try yourself is tree pruning. Though it may seem simple, tree pruning is actually extremely complicated, technical and dangerous. Homeowners have been injured and even killed by falling limbs, faulty equipment, or general carelessness while attempting “do-it-yourself” tree work. Here are the reasons why it is best to leave your tree pruning to the professionals.Tree Pruning is a Dangerous JobThe equipment alone is dangerous, what with tall ladders, sharp hand saws, and powerful chainsaws.Combine these tools with height and the physical labor needed to utilize the equipment and it becomes obvious why pruning trees has a high injury rate. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics lists tree pruning as one of the most dangerous jo...
Uses for wooden pallets abound, there is truly no shortage
of projects these rustic wood pieces can achieve! They can be used for things
such as a bookshelf, filled with novels to give a rustic and charming vibe. Maybe
put them to even better green use by creating flower pot hangers, or even an
herb garden. Here are a couple ways wooden pallets can not only be used as
decoration or as more useful:A Pallet Herb GardenHerb gardens are one of those things that give food a spark
with their fragrance and fresh flavor in your favorite meals. Sometimes just a
small herb garden is enough to make a big difference. You can shape the pallets
into many sizes, as a
trusty saw will cut your pallet into whatever size desired. Planting an
herb garden in a pallet keeps all the herbs in one spot and makes the garden
portable. You can pick up your pallet and move your little garden wherever is
best. Wooden pallet gardens...