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Blacksmithing garden tools DIY

The ancient art of blacksmithing developed long before there was any electricity or power anything.  Things were made by hand in the “backroom” but using techniques that could still be replicated tomorrow if our future was “off grid” and we were living on farms or villages cut off from the larger outside world.  We could make our own garden tools.


Master blacksmith Jack Parks of Piedmont SD works on various projects with metallurgical engineering students at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in Rapid City.  Students in the Bladesmithing video are “using my place to forge their entry to a nationwide competition with other colleges,” he says.


Some of the equipment in the video is powered, of course, but based upon ancient practice, so the processes can be brought back.  Students are working on a Viking sword, but the same techniques can produce a variety of garden tools if no manufactured ones were available.

NEWS ALERT: the Metallurgical Engineering Department at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology never felt like an underdog in San Diego earlier this month [March 2017] as it seized first place in an international competition among universities, winning the Grand Prize by forging a historic Norwegian langseax sword:  “The sword was forged by a student team representing the South Dakota School of Mines, with steel smelted in a historic manner with local materials gathered from the Black Hills.” 


(forwarded by a Black Hills gardener)

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For gardeners who just can’t stand to keep their hands out of the soil for any length of time, growing food indoors in containers can be a great pastime during the winter months.

 

Green beans are a relatively quick-growing vegetable that can be grown inside your home and also look quite beautiful, as well.

 

Plants that you are growing indoors can be started any time of the year, but you still need to remember that they have certain environmental requirements. Green beans need plenty of light, so you will need to place them in a part of your home where they can get a minimum of six hours of sunlight each day. Alternatively, grow lights can work if you do not have a window that gets enough sun.