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    • Pendleton Mill
      Feb
      21

      American Woolen Mills – Woven Stories of American History

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      Not too long ago, it looked like woolen mills would die quietly… along with the products they had created for more than a century. Once thriving, woolen mills experienced a decline in the 20th century coinciding with the growth of overseas manufacturing. Thankfully, several of the woolen mills once popular in the Industrial Revolution are…

    • Agritopia 3
      Dec
      24

      Agritopia: Thousands of People Living One Man’s Dream

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      If you could create your ideal neighborhood, what would it look like? What kinds of people would you choose to live amongst? What businesses would you want nearby? What ideals would you value? Engineer-turned-restaurateur Joseph E. Johnston dared to ask these questions, and the result is Agritopia, a planned community located in Gilbert, AZ, about…

    • Hudson Valley Seed Germinating
      May
      7

      New Growth: the Best in Organic Seeds

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      With an increasing cultural awareness and understanding of topics like sustainability, organic growing, and clean eating, the demand for organic seeds has blossomed over the last few decades. Subsequently, garden supply and seed companies have begun to sprout up all over the country (pardon the pun!). Yet in the midst of the booming organic seed…

    • woodtypedisplay
      Apr
      22

      The Revival of Letterpress Printing

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      In recent years, letterpress printing – a relief printing technique that uses movable wood or metal type – has seen a revival. Letterpress printing typically involves setting and inking the type and pressing paper against the letters to create an impression on the paper. The craft also includes other forms of relief printing, including engravings…

    • Gilder Feature
      Nov
      4

      Meet the Maker: Fiona Blunden, Gilder

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      Light streams in from a bank of windows at the Blunden Gilding Studio and the overhead spotlights make the gold gleam on a recently finished mirror, while a round, grand frame sits nearby waiting to be restored. The studio, home of the gilder, Fiona Blunden, is filled with the tools of her craft, an ancient…

    • American Field
      Oct
      16

      The Nation’s Best American Made Pop-Up Markets

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      Across the country, the appearance of “pop-up markets,” essentially temporary retail events combining product and food sales, entertainment and demonstrations, is becoming commonplace. Several of the best markets have gained notoriety for their excellent selection of brands focusing on the highest quality American made products. Here are a few of our favorites: American Field –…

    • UpcycledHome_!
      Apr
      15

      An Upcycled Home Down Under Becomes a Labor of Love and a Lifestyle

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      In 1999, a century old farmhouse in a small fishing village on Australia’s east coast was destined to be knocked down. This home is symbolic of a town that has not yet been commercialized by tourism and still holds the authenticity of a country founded just over a century ago. Not only would all the…

    • Table Setting Cover 2
      Nov
      18

      Tips for Setting the Table this Season: Simple and Natural

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      Farmhouse Pottery Founder, Zoe Zilian’s simple, honest designs, inspired by the rural Vermont landscape she calls home, provide the foundation for setting an elegant holiday table. Here, Zoe shares her basics for prepping the table for a memorable holiday meal. When setting your table are there any rules that you follow? I like to clear…

    • Image Credit: Paul Cheney of JWKPEC
      Nov
      1

      Silver Scholar: Kaminer Haislip

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      With her South Carolina drawl, shiny blonde locks and petite frame, it’s easy to mistake Kaminer Haislip for a typical southern belle – and if you did, you wouldn’t be the first. “In high school, I wanted to learn how to weld, so I took an industrial tech class,” Haislip recalls. “I was the only…

    • Heath Feature
      May
      15

      When Stitch Meets Clay

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      The same passion for making and thoughtful “slow” design brought friends Natalie Chanin and Catherine Bailey together to collaborate on a line of Heath Ceramics dinnerware with hand-etched details that echo the fine embroidery in Chanin’s textile pieces. Their collection also includes organic cotton tablecloths, napkins and placemats and is available on-line and in Heath…

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