Knots and Bolts Archive

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    Stinging Nettles: A Favorite Spring Green

    by Benjamin Lord | Spring 2015
    There’s no mistaking the stinging nettle. Sure, its paired, heart-shaped, coarsely-toothed leaves are easy to spot. But it’s the painful burning sensation one gets from…

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    The Cold Can Only Do So Much

    by Mark Whitmore | Winter 2014
    According to the Northeast Regional Climate Center at Cornell University, last winter was among the top five coldest on record in Ithaca, New York, when…

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    Wild Parsnips: A Lesson in Safe Harvesting

    by Benjamin Lord | Winter 2014
    Yes, foraging can be risky. But most people approach wild foods with unnecessary caution. Foragers are often the subject of anxious looks even when nibbling…

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    How Solid is a Cord of Wood?

    by Brian Lanius | Autumn 2014
    Most of us have been trained to picture a cord of wood as a neatly stacked pile measuring 4x4x8 feet. But how much of that…

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    The Pride of Participation

    by Jim DeLellis | Autumn 2014
    As I make the drive from my suburban home to my country property – a 75-acre woodlot in the northern part of Allegany County, New…

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    The Cox Sawchain

    by Northern Woodlands | Autumn 2014
    Watch old footage of a lumberjack using a crosscut saw (colloquially called a misery whip) – or better yet, pick one up at a farm…

  • Black Walnut: Harvest and Fellowship thumbnail

    Black Walnut: Harvest and Fellowship

    by Benjamin Lord | Autumn 2014
    Standing in a supermarket amidst frozen dinners, bakery items, and cereals, it’s easy to forget the work involved in preparing food. While it is wonderful…

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    The Passive Solar Firewood Dryer

    by Joe Rankin | Summer 2014
    My greenhouse has had a lot of jobs over the years. Originally, it was intended to grow greens in winter and start seedlings in spring.…

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    Reinventing the Mill

    by Patrick White | Summer 2014
    “We had an old Corley semi-automatic carriage mill in a little 40-by-80-foot building when we started,” said Dave Buxton, who founded New England Forest Products…

  • Revisiting a Black Walnut Plantation thumbnail

    Revisiting a Black Walnut Plantation

    by Mark Heitzman | Summer 2014
    Twenty years ago, I planted 1,600 black walnut seedlings on a site a few miles outside of Barre, in central Vermont. Four years later, I…

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    Wild Superfood: Lamb’s-quarters

    by Benjamin Lord | Summer 2014
    Four thousand years ago, the native people of North America’s eastern woodlands cultivated a protein-rich superfood. Variously called lamb’s-quarters, goosefoot, or pigweed, the plant (Chenopodium…

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    Bookcase Manufacturer Writes a New Chapter

    by Patrick White | Spring 2014
    Teddy Roosevelt was president when F.E. Hale purchased a factory in Herkimer, New York, and started making wooden bookcases. Hale retired in 1918, but the…

  • Spring Nectar: Black Locust Blossoms thumbnail

    Spring Nectar: Black Locust Blossoms

    by Benjamin Lord | Spring 2014
    The black locust (Robinia pseudoacacia) is a woody member of the pea family (Fabaceae or Leguminosae), and a close examination of its winged flowers, bean-like…

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    Managing for a Mix

    by Patrick White | Spring 2014
    Everett Towle is retired, but plenty active. As a sixth generation resident of Buxton, Maine, Towle inherited several parcels of forestland. He added more over…

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    Maple Minus Forest

    by Joshua Brown | Spring 2014
    Until the 1940s, most Christmas trees were cut from forests. Now they’re harvested from tree plantations. The maple sugarbush may soon be making a similar…

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    Fantastic Animals of the Northeast

    by Rachel Sargent | Spring 2014
    Many places have fantastical creatures: the Loch Ness monster in Scotland, Sweden’s skvader (half hare, half wood grouse), and, of course, the Pacific Northwest’s tree…

  • Black Birch Tea: A Delicate Winter Brew thumbnail

    Black Birch Tea: A Delicate Winter Brew

    by Benjamin Lord | Winter 2013
    Black birch tea was one of the first wild foods I ever tried. Some high school friends boiled pots of birch twigs to make what…

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    Last Man Standing

    by Joe Rankin | Winter 2013
    You could easily breeze past the nondescript Maine Wood Concepts mill in the tiny town of New Vineyard without realizing it’s there. Inside, however, it’s…

  • This Bud’s (not) For You thumbnail

    This Bud’s (not) For You

    by Northern Woodlands | Winter 2013
    There’s probably no better example of a love/hate relationship than the one between the forest landowner and her deer. (At least from a human perspective…

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    Forest Management 101

    by Molly Pytleski | Winter 2013
    The roar of a chainsaw breaks the stillness of the cold winter morning. I wade through knee-deep snow to retrieve a newly fallen balsam fir.…