Portable Blacksmith Forge Cart

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I’ve started building a portable forge cart. I have a really nice smithy with a brick and cast iron forge but needed a portable forge for demonstrations. The cart is built around a couple old-style iron wheelbarrow wheels a friend gave me. I am forging all the hardware. The forge proper is going to be a clay lined sheet metal pan with a hand-cranked blower another friend found for me (nothing like friends!). I plan to add a small toolbox to the front of the cart. Hope it has a real “old-timey” look!

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October 2014

Pretty much finished. I have used it at a couple demos. Works great! Only problem is that the vise is a little “shaky”!

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Victory Garden

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“Victory gardens, also called war gardens or food gardens for defense, were vegetable, fruit and herb gardens planted at private residences and public parks…during World War I and World War II. Around one-third of the vegetables produced by the United States were from victory gardens. In addition to indirectly aiding the war effort these gardens were also considered a civil “morale booster” — in that gardeners could feel empowered by their contribution of labor and rewarded by the produce grown. This made victory gardens become a part of daily life on the home front.” (Wikipedia).
USA Today recently reported that the inflation rate for food is currently twice the general inflation rate. Beef prices are up over 30%. Pork prices over 50%. While some of these increases can be blamed on such unpredictable factors as disease and drought, I believe most of the increase is due to plain old corporate greed.
I think its time we dusted off the old Victory Garden idea and grow whatever we can. Maybe you don’t have room for a traditional garden…so stick a couple tomatoes in a tub, peppers in a pot and beets in a box! Oh, and can, freeze, dry, pickle, ferment and otherwise preserve everything we can. Our wallets, health and tastebuds will thank us.

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Thanks for looking…bart

Drone vs Worker bee

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Spotted a drone on the landing board of one of our Warre hives. Managed to snap a picture of the much larger drone next to a worker bee. Stately looking gent, eh?

Ever hungry, ever vigilant…

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Robins are hatching…

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Three of the four little blue Robin’s eggs we have been watching have hatched. Momma seems to have gotten used to us. When disturbed, she will fly to our redbud a few feet away and watch as we ogle and take pictures.

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Robin’s Nest!

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Ma Robin decided to grace us with, well, a “bird’s eye view” (sorry…couldn’t resist) of her nest. It’s in a pot of flowers on our front porch! The Robin gave Teresa quite a fright when she watered the flowers! I hope the neighborhood vermin will leave them alone.

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Cox’s Orange Pippin in bloom…

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Last fall we picked about 20 Cox’s Orange Pippin apples off our little three year old tree. They kept well through January under refrigeration. The tree has grown a lot since then. Here’s hoping for a bigger harvest this year!

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Thanks for looking…bart

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