Welcome to the Green Touch Hub community network, the first multimedia platform created for the hands-on individuals, craftsmen and industry innovators who grow, beautify and maintain the greenscape of our amazing planet!


Blog Tag: history

All About Blacksmithing
By: Admin    July 09 2018 , 09:48 am
Avg. Rating:
Category: Tools , Handmade
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...
Tag: history , hobby , trades , crafts
The Benefits of Using a Reel Push Mower
By: Admin    May 24 2018 , 02:23 pm
Avg. Rating:
Category: Tools , Lawn Care
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 ...
Pinhole Photography Day
By: Admin    April 27 2018 , 08:00 am
Avg. Rating:
Category: Photography , Facts
April 29th, 2018 is Pinhole Photography Day!Celebrated annually on the last Sunday of April, this day gives photography enthusiasts the chance to appreciate the pinhole camera.Nowadays, it seems like technology is advancing with every breath. VHS tapes became DVDs, which then became digital downloads. Cellphones have replaced traditional landline phones. Digital cameras are the new film camera. Although it is hard to find a VHS tape or landline phone today, there is still a large appreciation for the camera in all its forms. Pinhole Photography Day is just one of those ways to celebrate this wonderful tool.What Is A Pinhole Camera?The first detailed sketches and ideas that shaped the pinhole camera date back to famous Italian Renaissance inventor and artist, Leonardo Da Vinci in 1485. The images went from being projected on the wall to being printed on film in 1850, thanks to Sir David Brewster, a Scot...
National Tea Day
By: Admin    April 19 2018 , 10:54 am
Avg. Rating:
Category: Food
On April 21st we celebrate tea! Tea has been used for centuries by many countries around the world. There is nothing quite like a nice cup of tea in the morning, evening, or honestly, any time of day! National Tea Day originated in the United Kingdom where having a hot cup of Earl Grey in the afternoon instead of coffee is the norm. Tea has medicinal and health benefits, has been used in numerous cultural practices, and is a huge economic driver.Origins of TeaThe method of brewing tea leaves was first discovered in China in 2737 B.C. According to legend, the Emperor Shen Nong was boiling water in his garden when a wild tea leaf fell into his pot. He enjoyed the aroma of the leaf water so much that he tasted it, and the rest is history. The art of making tea or “Cha dao” is still an important cultural practice in China and Japan. Tea traveled to India and today India is the number one consumer of te...
Tag: history , herbs
Wildcrafted Quill Pens and Ink
By: Admin    April 18 2018 , 08:00 am
Avg. Rating:
Category: Nature , DIY
Writing used to be a complicated task.If you wanted to write a letter to a friend a couple hundred years ago, it was not as easy as buying mass-produced pens and paper. Writing utensils were handcrafted. Pens were simple tools, made of carefully carved sturdy feathers, or quills. Getting ink was a more complicated process. People produced their own ink from ingredients found in nature. Using creativity and a little bit of science they created a vast variety of colored inks, and improved them through time. Famed Italian artist Leonardo da Vinci used ink made from black walnuts during the Renaissance Era, and people continued to make this type of ink for centuries. Iron gall ink was used in the creation and signing of the Declaration of Independence, which lasted longer than black walnut ink, but demanded more chemistry. With the right materials and know-how, you too can make your own quill and ink ...