How to protect old-growth forests
Jan20

How to protect old-growth forests

The Washington PostChloe Breyer and her husband Greg Scholl honeymooned in Alaska. The couple also sold her engagement ring years later and donated the money to conservation causes. So when they read about a soaring Sitka spruce in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest that The Washington Post featured recently, they were moved to act.After centuries of growing, the prominent tree now stands more than 180 feet tall and 15.7 feet around. It...

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Business salvages, repurposes barns
Jan20

Business salvages, repurposes barns

The Blade DELTA, Ohio — Red, square time capsules adorn the flat plains of the Midwest, humbly standing through the harshest seasons year after year, renewing the symbol of the grit-filled American farmer rising and setting with the golden sun across amber waves of grain.Weathered and calloused hands made these heart-warming and dependable buildings that have now stood, some of them, for more than a century. Continued usefulness saves...

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Couple creates wood burning crafts

Aiken Standard NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. —From college sweethearts to starting a business together, Tera Cafro and Theo Eghdami’s relationship to woodworking came out of a sentimental clock in the shape of the state of California.“We met about five years ago, and so it kind of got started because we were doing long distance,” Cafro said. “I was from California, he was from Oregon… So this one summer during college, he decided to make...

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A guitar-maker passes on his craft
Jan20

A guitar-maker passes on his craft

Advance Local Media HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — They didn’t really have a choice. After Huntsville couple Danny and Susan Davis decided to shut-down the music venue component at Tangled String Studios in July 2020 amid the pandemic’s devastating early phase, they had to expand the guitar-making side of their multipronged business. Or go out of business entirely.“Susan and I were gonna lose this space,” Danny says, “which means we sell...

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Duo excels at woodworking, crafting

Journal Inquirer EAST WINDSOR, Conn. — After 10 years of crafting various wood and jewelry projects, Mike and Erica Giroux have finally hit a boom with their small business and have experienced a busy month of December.The business is officially known as The Playful Peacock LLC, but the couple also calls themselves Giroux Woodworking, which is based out of their home on Depot Street in the Broad Brook section of town.The two produce...

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Wood sculptor found art later in life

Greensburg Daily News DECATUR COUNTY, Ind. — Woodsmith and carpenter John Derheimer is one of the few artists who work for commission in the Decatur County area, and when you walk into the home he shares with his wife in the south-central part of the county you know instantly that someone in the house creates.The Derheimers, John and Nancy, are quite a creative pair. Nancy quilts, sews, dyes fabrics and cooks while John spends his...

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Benches are rooted in history at college

Jacksonville Journal-CourierA pair of benches that now grace Illinois College’s campus are rooted in more than 150 years of history.The benches are made from remnants of the Turner Titan tree, an Osage orange tree that Jonathan Baldwin Turner planted on his Evergreen Farm near Butler around the time of the Civil War.The tree survived everything thrown at it over the years, even outlasting the farmhouse it was intended to shade, until...

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How to attract busy contractors to your home remodel
Jan20

How to attract busy contractors to your home remodel

NerdWalletBrian Gawthrop has waited over six months to remodel his home.The Washington state-based certified financial planner and his wife have a long enough wish list to keep a contractor busy: a kitchen remodel, new flooring, a new deck and many other upgrades.They did a cash-out refinance last summer, which lowered their mortgage rate and gave them money to use toward home improvements. They planned to start soon after receiving...

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Make 2022 the year you start your business
Jan20

Make 2022 the year you start your business

For the Upper Valley Business Alliance As 2022 kicks off, I am reflecting on the year past for our Upper Valley businesses. Despite the ongoing pandemic, 2021 was a surprisingly good year for many businesses. The economy in New Hampshire and Vermont remains strong and many members of the Upper Valley Business Alliance reported a great year.Not to say there were not issues affecting our businesses.Staffing is a challenge for almost all...

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Changes are coming to incentive program

VtDiggerThe Scott administration and state senators are considering overhauling Vermont’s programs that pay people to move to the state. “(M)y budget will support the Senate’s worker relocation incentive program — with some changes — to bring in more families who contribute to our communities, schools and economy,” Gov. Phil Scott said Wednesday in his State of the State address. Instead of paying people once they move to Vermont, the...

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