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Flower Garden: 4 Fundamental Tips on Starting a Flower Garden
Are you thinking to start gardening as a hobby? Or maybe you're planning to create your very own flower garden? That’s fantastic! There is much to be said about how gardening can be spiritually satisfying. And you'll have so much fun experimenting with flowers and the beauty and splendor they can give to your lawn or to your backyard. Here are 4 fundamental tips on how you can create a wonderfully ideal flower garden. 1. Flowers are all about colors. These colors and their hues are all about...

Garden: How to Use Companion Plants For Better Pest Control
You've struggled, you've toiled and, at last, you are satisfied with your garden. It just couldn't be better. But what's this? Pests! Now you've got to prevent the invasion of destructive bugs in your garden. Here's the best kind of gardening advice you can find for that purpose: Try growing companion plants. Companion plants are very useful to gardeners or farmers. They have natural substances in them that will repel or attract insects. In specific cases, they can even increase the growth...

Garden: 5 Beneficial Garden Pests That You Want to Live in Your Garden
Not all garden pests are harmful for your garden. Some garden pests, in fact, provide excellent pest control to protect your plants from other quite harmful insects. Isn’t nature wonderful? Here are 5 well-known garden pests which you wouldn't object to having in your garden. Some very useful techniques are also offered on how you can attract these insects that are in your area over to your garden. 1. Praying mantis. Praying mantises are regarded as the consummate small-sized predator. They...

Tree Climbing: The Greatest Kind of Tree Climber
The greatest kind of tree climber is the one who climbs with the barest disturbance to living trees and their inhabitants. This climber knows how important trees are to the environment everywhere and to all air-breathing creatures on this earth. The greatest kind of tree climber is all too aware that he is the visitor, only a visitor, and not the keeper of what he surveys. To protect the tree, you must inspect it before you climb. Only then can a climber decide that a tree is suitable for a...

Machete: The Magnificent Machete
If you’ve ever gone on a jungle trek, or been in dense undergrowth for many acres, you’ve probably learned about a machete. If there is another tool out there that can take you through dense, tangled, never-ending underbrush better than a machete, I’d have a hard time believing it. There isn’t anything, anywhere that can compare to the magnificent machete. Roughly described, a machete is a very long, heavy knife. It’s made in varying sizes and designs. A very popular blade size is one that is...

Fishing: How to Choose the Right Fishing Rod
There are many ways to catch fish. A fisherman can surely catch fish with his hands. He can catch fish with a spear. He could even cast a net over a school of fish, however awkward it may be at first. All of these methods can be effective with practice but they offer the same disadvantage to the fisherman: the catch is restricted to only shallow water varieties of fish. On the other hand, many believe that it is the fishing rod that is the fisherman's most basic, most important weapon. With a...

Fishing: Understanding How to Choose the Right Fishing Line
It is often said that the fishing rod is the foundation of any game fishing expedition. Just how well a fisherman can catch game relies heavily on how well he can handle his fishing rod. It is also said that the lure, or bait, is the spice, the zest of such game fishing adventures. Just how simple or difficult it is depends on the kind of lure that the fisherman chooses. Despite the reputation of success attained by fishing rods and fishing lures, however, they will equally fall short if the...

Fishing: The Importance of the Fishing Lure
Many fishermen just aren’t able to catch fish. They just don’t get it. Not only do they go home empty handed, but they’ve also missed out on the enjoyable event that would've kept them coming back for more. What’s going on there? Most fishermen blame a bad fishing day on the weather conditions. Some fishermen blame it on the clever and recurring practices of the fishes themselves. Other fishermen blame the tools they use, such as the fishing pole or the fishing line. None of these is the real...

Carving Pumpkins: How to Carve a Traditional Jack-O-Lantern
Would you believe that Halloween has been celebrated for over two hundred years? Would you believe that it was celebrated for much longer than that in Ireland? Yes, it’s true. This wonderful tradition originated on shores far, far away. And wouldn’t you know it, but Ireland didn’t even have pumpkins back then. Really. They used carved out beets or turnips for lanterns. When Irish families came to America and discovered the gigantic pumpkin, they marveled at its size and at how easy it was to...

Carving Pumpkins: Jack-O-Lanterns Of The Twenty-First Century
Every year at Halloween, jack-o-lanterns are everywhere. On doorsteps, on window sills, hanging as paper on walls, even as plastic candy collectors for trick-or-treaters. You can easily find them in department stores, restaurants and even along public streets. They are an absolute part of Halloween. Many things have changed over the hundreds of years since jack-o-lanterns were first brought to America. The pumpkin is no longer always a real pumpkin. As a matter of fact, artificial...

Fishing: Three Proven Fishing Tips From the Masters
Having a hard time with your fishing game? Jealous of other fishermen who seem to get their rewards left and right, even up and down? No worries. Let’s get that game on. Here are three tested and proven fishing tips from experts who have made it big in the field of professional fishing. These fishing tips are guaranteed to develop and improve your fishing skills at once! 1. Location, location, location! Quite frankly and very frequently, it's all about the spot you choose. The reason why you...

Wood Carving: How to Sharpen Straight Chisels
If you’re just starting out as a wood carver, you’ll quickly discover how wood chisels are used all the time. There are many kinds, many sizes. They’ll need periodic sharpening and it’s good to be able to do them yourself. It isn’t very fitting to have to bring your tools to a professional sharpener whenever they become dull. You lose money, you lose time. And best of all, straight chisels are the easiest wood carving tools to sharpen. Straight chisels can be sharpened in two steps. The...

Wood Carving: Bevels and Cutting Angles
Most wood carving tools are cutting tools. Every cutting tool has at least one bevel. This is the sloping surface coming off the edge. But it’s more than jut a sloping surface. It’s actually a cutting angle. So the bevel supports a specific cutting angle that determines how the tool can be used. Experienced carvers know about bevels and how they affect cutting efficiency. If you’re just starting out as a wood carver, and you’re going to purchase carving tools for the first time, here are some...

Wood Carving: How to Choose the Right Tools
If you’re going to be a wood carver and not just a whittler, you’ll need to select a number of tools. There’s just no way around it. So what are the right tools for wood carving? Tools for Sharpening. Before the carving tools, it seems appropriate that tools for sharpening them should come first. After all, first we sharpen and then we carve. At the very minimum, you should have a sharpening stone and a strop. The sharpening stone is used to get your edges to sharpness. Many sharpening stones...

Wood Carving: How To Make A Gouge Honing Board
Once a gouge has been correctly sharpened, it doesn’t take much afterwards to bring the edge back to absolute sharpness. This refers to the natural wearing away of the edge from use and not as a result of it being damaged. When all it needs is some honing, a bringing back to razor-sharpness, and not a true sharpening, there’s something very handy that you can do about that. One way to bring your edge back to pristine condition is to make a gouge honing board. Instead of using a fine grade...

Wood Carving: So You Want to Be a Wood Carver
Wood carving is a special craft. It requires extreme patience that could flourish with a fine imagination. If you decide to become a wood carver, you’ll have several styles to choose from. You could use just a piece of wood and a small knife. Or you could go so far as using power tools. So how can you know which style is best for you? There are five main styles of woodcarving. Each style is distinctly different from the other. These styles are whittling, chip carving, relief carving, intaglio...

Rock Climbing: So You Want to Be a Rock Climber
So you want to be a rock climber. You’d like to climb a rock wall or maybe hang off the side of a rock formation somewhere. Well, you’ll have several styles to choose from to do it. It could be pretty easy and safe or you could seriously risk your life. Either way, you’ll need to know exactly what you’re doing. There should be no room for guess work. Rock climbing is climbing to the summit of a natural rock formation or climbing to the summit of a manmade rock wall. It could also be climbing...

Rock Climbing: Powerful Tips For Becoming a Good Rock Climber
You’ve decided to become a rock climber. Yet all you know is what you’ve seen on television or in movies. That doesn’t matter. You’ve decided and that’s that. Let’s pretend that you come from a land where there are no large rock formations whatever. Here are some basic tips and suggestions to help in your understanding of what it takes to engage in this extreme sport. Tips for Good Technique. ◦ Rock climbing is mentally challenging. The ability to clear your mind and focus is essential...

Whittling: So You Want to Whittle Wood
Whittling has been around for many hundreds of years. All the way back to the days of cavemen. One could say that it is because we began to whittle that technology began. It was the shaping of wood, after all—after the discovery of sharp edges—that sparked human imagination to make carts, cooking implements and clothes, weapons for hunting and methods of food gathering. Who would’ve thought? So you want to whittle wood. Good for you. Whittling is the simple removal of pare shavings or cutting...

Whittling: Whittling Vs. Wood Carving
Whittling is the removal of pare shavings or the cutting of small bits from a piece of wood using a knife or similar wedge-edged tool. It is the most basic form of wood carving but it is not actually the art of wood carving, as it is done today. Wood carving requires a number of tools, even power tools at that. So it could get complicated pretty fast. But this is not how it is when one whittles. All you need to whittle are two things: a piece of wood and a knife. True whittling has always been...

Knife Sharpening Experts: Electric Knife Sharpening
If you’re a person who has many knives, many edges to sharpen at a fairly consistent pace, electric knife sharpening is for you. So much time and effort will be saved. But take heed. Using these devices without proper training and only a little experience could be a regrettable move. Electric knife sharpeners are well known for producing great heat while sharpening. Friction from the metal edge against the sharpener over time will do that. You’ve got to know just how hot you’ll allow the metal...

Storm Preparedness: Securing Outside Your Home
There’s a powerful storm coming your way. You’ve got some major securing to do. The inside of your home has already been secured, including supplies, food and water. Now you’ve got to secure the outside of your home. We’ll go from most important to least important. Consider the largest items outside. These are the ones with no cover at all. Cars , boats, ATVs, lawn and toy furniture—so many things. Move all vehicles, including all items of similar size, to at least 30 feet from the house. Put...

Mountain Climbing: Insane Mountaineer
Any person who willingly engages in an activity where the ground you stand on could disappear beneath your feet, where the earth around you could bury you alive or where the weather alone could blow you right off a mountain, well. Mountain Climbers are just insane. They engage in one of the most extreme, most dangerous nature sports in the world. And they do it willingly! There are such extreme dangers in mountain climbing. The top three are things falling on you, yourself falling and bad...

Dart: Sharpening Darts Vs. Rounding Darts
You could really be good at throwing darts. You could have fantastic scores. It really wouldn’t matter though if your darts keep bouncing off the dartboard, if they won’t stick. After all, if they won’t stick, what’s the use, right? Sharpening or rounding darts for sport or for competition is a good skill to develop, especially if you’re a player. The dart points aren’t actually meant to be sharp, even though they may be when you first buy them. Who woulda’ thought? Sharp dart points ruin a...

Knife Sharpening Experts: Stropping It
You’re sharpening your knife and have tested it to confirm for sharpness. You know that you’ve achieved it because you’ve found a burr on the knife’s edge. This burr is how we know that the edge has reached the point of absolute sharpness. It confirms it. Should you stop there? Oh, but you must. There’s only so much sharpening that can be done to an edge. To continue after that only results in unnecessary loss of metal on your blade edge. To continue gains nothing. Are you done then? You’ve...

Knife Throwing: The Safest Knife Thrower
The safest knife thrower is the one who takes safety precautions in every aspect of throwing knives. From the knife, to the throw, to how you feel, safety first. Safety rules! It is the master. So, everybody have a head up. Throwing knives, especially professional throwing knives, do not have a handle. You are meant to grasp the blade, which is one continuous piece of metal, with just your hand. Following that, a safe thrower should use blunt-edged blades at all times. Allow me to repeat:...

Mountain Climbing: So You Want to Be a Mountaineer
So you want to be a mountain climber. You want to be a mountaineer, do you? Alright then. Here are the very basics. Mountaineering is the act of hiking, climbing and camping up mountains. To most of us it is a sport, a hobby. But to those for which mountaineering is like breathing, it is a true profession. You must be athletically fit and have the technical ability for it. One more thing many people don’t realize: you’ve got to have the mental capacity for it. It’s challenging for the mind and...

Storm Preparedness: Tree Trimming
You’ve been warned that a storm is coming. Standing outside your home, looking over your place, you realize that you’ve got to do something about those beautifully large trees. If you just let them be, you could lose them. They may even damage something on your property or something else nearby. You’ve got some serious work to do. What this means is that you’ve got to make some time to prepare your yard for the coming storm in order to prevent possible damage. Hopefully, you won’t need more...

Tree Climbing: So You Want to Be a Tree Climber
When I was really young, climbing trees was like eating candy for me. If it had branches, I had to climb it. The steep hill behind grandma’s house was covered with towering mango trees. I’d spend hours there climbing from branch to branch high in the canopies, even tree to tree without touching the ground. As an adult, it’s fantastic to know that climbing trees doesn’t necessarily have to be life or limb, literally. It’s wonderful to be able to use ropes now. Wherever I go, all I’m looking for...

Knife Sharpening Experts: Forged Knives Vs. Stamped Knives
We all agree. If a knife isn't sharp, what's the use, right? The sharpness of the blade will make all the difference in the world. And sharpness is largely dependent upon the quality of the blade material from which the knife is made. You'll need to determine whether or not to get a forged knife or a stamped knife. Let's make it clear. Stamped Knives. Stamped knives are stamped out of, or cut from, sheets of metal using a template of predetermined size and shape. This process is called...

File Sharpening For Your Yard
When it’s time to clean up outside and do the yard, certain tools are commonly used no matter where you are. But I’m not talking about gardens and gardening tools. I’m talking about the yard itself. If you’ve got a lawn, you’ll probably own a lawn mower. If you have trees in your yard, you may have a chain saw, even an axe. What’s your plan when your blades become dull? When the lawn looks unhealthy after you’ve just cut it, when your chain saw is taking too long to do its job, when you’re...

Knife Throwing: So You Want To Be A Knife Thrower
So you want to be a knife thrower? Well, as quick and to the point as can be, here are the fundamentals of becoming a knife thrower. You'll need to know how to choose a knife, how to grip it and how to throw it. Choosing a knife. The type of knife you choose will have an incredible impact on how much you’re able to enjoy knife throwing. Keep in mind that quality throwing knives do not have a handle. The blade is the throwing knife. ▪ Size: Knives that are between 12”-16” are a good...

Knife Sharpening Experts: Sharpening Angles
You’ve decided to sharpen your knives yourself. No more squandering money by handing them over to a professional sharpener. No more throwing away your dull knives just because you don’t know how to sharpen them—and refuse to turn them over to a professional. Good for you! You'll need to know about sharpening angles then. A person shouldn't be sharpening a knife if there's no mind to the angle. It is essential. It determines the purpose of the knife, how it can be used. Pay close attention to...

Field Dressing: So You Want to Field Dress a Deer
Field dressing a deer is some kind of job. You’ve got to have a very strong constitution for it. It’s all blood and guts, after all. But you’ve decided to be a deer hunter, so you’ve got to be able to do it and do it well. Sure don’t want to waste your catch by spoiling the meat. Prepare yourself. This is one experience you’ll never forget. You’ll need a handful of tools for the field dressing procedure. At the minimal, you should have the following: ◦ very sharp knife that’s...

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