Rosewood: Brazilian, Indian, Madagascar & Cocobolo

Rosewood is a common choice of wood for guitars and mandolins. It has been used for backs, sides, tops, and fretboards. But did you know that instruments are built with several different types of rosewood? Seven of the most common are: Brazilian. Indian. Madagascar. Cocobolo. Amazonian. Honduran. Southeast Asian. Does country of origin make any…

You Can Teach Yourself Dobro

Teaching yourself Dobro is easy—especially with this book! You Can Teach Yourself Dobro by Janet Davis offers a logical sequence to learning this unique instrument, starting with the basics and using previous skills as a foundation for new skills. The book is divided into lessons, early lessons covering essential technique and subsequent lessons introducing a…

John W. Geary

John W. Geary was born near Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania, in 1819. Early on, his father proved to be a tremendous part of his life. Richard Geary was an intelligent man with an insatiable love of learning, and it was this love more than anything else that he desired to see his son cultivate. John Geary’s…

How a Milking Machine Works

While many small farmers still love to hand-milk their cows, commercial dairying usually employs the milking machine. The modern milking machine looks complex, but the principle on which it operates is actually quite simple. The machine pulls a vacuum on the teats of the cow, causing the milk to flow. Here’s how it works: The…

The MacArthur Daily Bible

It’s not too early to think about great gifts for the coming Christmas season. Here’s one that will touch the heart—The MacArthur Daily Bible. The idea of the Daily Bible is to take readers through the entire Bible in the course of one year. Each daily assignment features four selections for a balanced read: Old…

Wilson Shannon

Law and politics seemed to be in Wilson Shannon’s blood from a young age. He was born in Ohio on February 24, 1802. His father froze to death while on a hunting expedition when he was only one year old. However, Shannon’s older brothers were dedicated to his success and helped him to enter law…

5 Tips for Improving Your Writing

Writing is a valuable communication skill, no matter what we do in life. Just to name a few of the uses a small farmer might have for writing: Writing posts and pages for an agripreneurial website. Blogging about country living. Writing a how-to book for future generations of farmers. Writing a business letter. Keeping a…

An Introduction to Heritage Breeds

Thinking about starting a farm with heritage breeds? If you are new to this topic, you may enjoy An Introduction to Heritage Breeds: Saving and Raising Rare-Breed Livestock and Poultry by The Livestock Conservancy. This excellent beginner’s resource starts with the basics—defining breeds in general and heritage breeds in particular. It discusses the plight and…

Daniel Woodson

Daniel Woodson’s life did not get off to an easy start. He was born on May 24, 1824, in Albemarle County, Virginia, a county known for its longstanding heritage of slavery. His mother died just days later. As if this were not enough, Woodson’s father died when he was only seven years old. Woodson may…

Pros and Cons of Laminated Woods for Guitarists

Perhaps you already have a particular type of wood in mind for your new guitar. Whether that wood is solid or laminated will make a tremendous difference in the sound that you will hear. Solid wood is exactly what the words imply. Pieces of solid wood are carved into the necessary shape for a guitar….