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Knife Blades: Common Steels Explained

Knife-makers use dozens of steel types to create knife blades. Which one is right for you? We look at 10 common steels used by popular knife brands …

10 Relationship Tips From A Wedding Reporter Who's Seen It All

The author of The Real Thing: Lessons on Love and Life from a Wedding Reporter's Notebook shares her best advice.<p>Ellen McCarthy interviewed more than 200 couples and dozens of relationship experts during the four years she spent writing about weddings and relationships for the <i>Washington Post</i>. …

Relationships

Bright future for ‘dark sky’ sites as astrotourism grows in appeal

Kielder Observatory in Northumberland is top destination for the rising numbers of ‘darkness seekers’ who love astronomy<p>They are the darkness seekers – and they are growing in number.<p>On Black Fell, looking down on Northumberland’s beautiful Kielder Water reservoir, a group of people wait in a car …

4 Ways Traveling the World Makes You a Better Person

If you’re reading this blog, you’ve probably tried a host of self-improvement strategies. Meditating, exercising, journaling… but what about …

If musical instruments can be wooden..

Why not speakers? Most audiophiles will agree that wood is one of the most superior materials for any acoustical product. The way wood resonates is …

Woodworking Techniques: From Basic Tips to Advanced Projects

In my classes, we use marking/carving knives quite a lot. We score lines in preparation for making a “knife-wall”, we use them to whittle animals, to …

Black walnut, live edge podium.

Designer Hilla Shamia Fuses Cast Aluminum and Tree Trunks to Create One-of-a-Kind Furniture Pieces | Colossal

<p>Product designer Hilla Shamia has developed a novel way to meld poured aluminum with irregularly shaped wood pieces to create sleek tables and …

Torafu Architects designs multi-functional Dice furniture for children and adults

This six-sided piece of furniture by Japanese studio Torafu Architects can be flipped over to reveal different functions (+ slideshow).<p>Torafu …

Craftsman turns 'garden debris' into furniture, woodworks

David Hughes, a Doylestown, Pa., landscape architect with an affinity for native flora and natural landscapes, often finds himself ripping out dead, …

Lyme Disease

Get Woodworking- Find a Mentor

By Kurt Raschke<p>Learning woodworking isn't easy. We make so many mistakes when we first start, from minor ones to some that can ruin a piece you've …

How I fix up an old Stanley plane

What do I do to old rusty Stanley planes? First, I take the entire plane apart and clean the old wood chips out of it. Then I place the blade, chip …

Three great finishing tips

Finishing is a methodical process that takes place over a number of days. It takes multiple coats to do it right, you have to sand between most of …

9 Mosquito-Bite Facts You Need to Know

Thanks to West Nile virus, mosquitoes have been in the news lately—and likely all over your backyard—but how much do you really know about them and …

Vibrio vulnificus: A summertime bacteria

You've likely heard of a "flesh-eating bacteria" hitting Florida and other states this summer. While the bacteria are real, public health officials say the "flesh-eating" part is not.<p>Vibrio vulnificus is a naturally occurring bacterium that lives in warm saltwater and infects humans through the …

Take this quiz to find out which coding bootcamp to attend — if any at all

Coding bootcamps have been popping up everywhere — and making a killing at attracting students eager to transform themselves into highly-compensated software engineers.<p>But which bootcamp is the right one for you? Or would you be better off teaching yourself using books and online resources?<p>One …

Myths and Misunderstandings About Ebola in the United States

West Africans have been battling the spread of Ebola for the past few months, in the worst epidemic of the disease ever seen. Then, last week, two …

First Date Conversation: 5 Things Research Says You Should Talk About

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Vases Constructed from Hundreds of Pencils by Studio Markunpoika | Colossal

<p>Amalgamated is a new series of vessels by studio markunpoika constructed from assembled pencils. Taking advantage of the pencil’s unique hexagon …

This zip-tie chair is at the vanguard of a revolution in manufacturing

We keep asking the question: "in a world where everything can be digitized, why move material when we are interested in ideas, creativity and …

10 Wind Chimes to Buy or DIY

(Image credit: Our Boathouse )<p>I hope you don't mind, but my posts have been inspired lately by my own DIY and to-do list. Right now it's all about my …

Boating

The Look for Less: Juan Pedro's Living Room on a Budget

Many of you enjoyed taking another look at Alberto's living room last week, so we thought we would take a second look at another Small Cool 2014 …

Living Rooms

The Ultimate List of Online Resources for Being a Better Photographer

We thought it would be helpful to put together a list of resources that photographers generally use and how they use them. This is a bit of a “living …

Two Ways to Instantly Reduce Stress with Mindfulness

<b>By Amy Gross</b><p>I’ve taught Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction at the Open Center. When I ask class members what causes them stress, they call out …

The Dynamic Open Guard of Michael Langhi || BJJ Hacks TV Episode 4.2

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Survival

Our tips, tricks, tactics and tales will help you get out of whatever it is you've gotten yourself into.

Build A Guaranteed Fire Kit

Spring’s a comin’ and many of you are reorganizing your gear and kits for warm weather on the horizon. I’ve written posts before about Survival Fire …

American Woodworker Merges with Popular Woodworking

With the October 2014 issue, <b>American Woodworker</b> merged with <b>Popular Woodworking Magazine</b>. PWM welcomes subscribers to AW; in issues to come, we also …