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Blog Tag: hobby

All About Blacksmithing
By: Admin    July 09 2018 , 09:48 am
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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
How to Make a Rain Barrel
By: Admin    May 22 2018 , 09:38 am
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Category: Nature , DIY
Saving for a rainy day? Try building a rain barrel! Collecting rainwater is a fantastic way to save money and use naturals resources. Rain barrels collect the water runoff from a roof and store it for later use, typically to water gardens and lawns. During the wet summer months, you might conserve around 1,300 gallons of water. Using a rain barrel can save you an average of $35 a month on your water bill in the summer! Before building a rain barrel check your state regulations to see if there are any laws against it, as it is not legal in certain parts of North America. Selecting Your Barrel  All rain barrels are basically made the same way, but depending on the materials, it can cost anywhere from $15 to $150 and up. The primary tool you will need is, of course, a barrel. You can also recycle an outdoor trash can if you have one lying around -- this is one of the cheaper barre...
How to Make Your Own Potting Soil
By: Admin    May 08 2018 , 08:00 am
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Category: Gardening , DIY
Gardening season is here! The sun is shining and it is time to break out your gardening gloves. Potting soil is the first essential item you will need to get started. Did you know you can make it right from home? Making your own potting soil is fun and cost-effective. Not only is it cheaper than buying pre-made, but you can customize your potting soil to make sure your plants have the specific nutrients they need to grow. Potting Soil Ingredients With just a few ingredients found at many home improvement or gardening stores, you can make customized potting soil for your garden. You can use ground soil as a base for your homemade potting soil, but horticulturists found in the mid-1990s that peat moss was a much more ideal soil base for encouraging plant growth. Peat moss is excellent at water retention and aeration. You can replace peat moss or add multiple base ingredients such...
Spring Camping Tips
By: Admin    May 02 2018 , 10:55 am
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Category: Outdoors
The outdoors are calling this spring! Now is the perfect time to pull up your bootstraps and pack a bag, because camping season is rapidly approaching. Whether you are an experienced camper or a beginner, you may be looking for some tips before heading out into the wilderness. Knowing a few things could make the difference between a happy or very unhappy camper.Familiarize YourselfGet familiar with where you will be staying. Even if you are only traveling to somewhere a few towns away, terrains can change and you will want to be prepared. If you are staying on a campsite, what amenities do they provide? If you are not on a campsite, what is the area like? Is it rocky? Is there a river or cliffs nearby? What wildlife is in the area? These things will indicate what you will need to bring, such as hiking gear for rocky terrain. Areas with water attract more mosquitoes so it could be a good idea ...
Pinhole Photography Day
By: Admin    April 27 2018 , 08:00 am
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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...