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Masters of Cottage Industry: Blue Ox Millworks

For forty-six years, Eric Hollenbeck of Blue Ox Millworks has been a champion in the craftman’s revolution.

Word of the Day: Hori Hori

Nisaku hori hori gardening tool

The hori hori is a gardening tool, a kind of short knife with a double-edged blade serrated on one side, with a semi-sharp point.  It originated in Japan, and most commercial hori hori for sale are still made there, for example by the Japanese… Continue Reading “Word of the Day: Hori Hori”

Word of the Day: Collier

Charcoal seller from 1960's on Mauritius

A collier is a person whose occupation is to procure or sell coal.  Formerly, the term applied to a person who made and traded in charcoal.  For centuries, charcoal was fuel of choice for many cottage industries.  Charcoal is mostly pure carbon, made from… Continue Reading “Word of the Day: Collier”

Word of the Day: Yingzao Fashi

Yingzao Fashi palace type building

Yingzao Fashi is the romanization of the Chinese term meaning roughly “State Building Standards.”  It is the title of a landmark work in the history of Chinese architecture, first  published in 1103 AD by Emperor Huizong of the Song Dynasty. It had been compiled… Continue Reading “Word of the Day: Yingzao Fashi”