I often get asked how I learned to blacksmith or where a person could go to learn blacksmithing. Humans have been blacksmithing for thousands of years , all over the world, but it is still amazingly difficult to find instruction in blacksmithing. There are a few blacksmithing classes offered in a handful of Metal Arts programs across the country. As far as I know there is only one school in this country that offers blacksmithing as a major, The Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Most contemporary blacksmiths have learned their skill by working with or apprenticing under a master blacksmith.
If you live in Humboldt or any of the northern counties and you are interested in blacksmithing there is a perfect opportunity coming up this weekend to learn from one of the best blacksmiths and teachers of blacksmithing in the world at the Weaverville Hammer-In.
It used to be that if you wanted wild mushrooms, you had to wait for the correct number of days after a rain and then find them yourself or pay dearly to those who did the searching for you. Well now Mycality Mushrooms in Arcata is growing many varieties of affordable mushrooms year round and offer them at the farmers market as well as many grocery stores. They offer many varieties, but their chantrelles, oyster, king, nameko or maitake mushrooms would be perfect for this week's recipe.
Does your family have some standard "go to" meals that are satisfying favorites every week? Burritos? Pasta? In my family, one of our faves are mushroom sandwiches which are tasty, elegant and really easy.
Outside some of the highest traffic spots in Manhattan, such as Penn Station, Grand Central Station and Union Square teams of people are giving out free tulips this morning. This is leading to a much more festive rush hour than usual in New York City.
How does Boujie Baking Company help make Humboldt County better?
Boujie Baking Co. helps make Humboldt better because it brings together two of our greatest passions: beer and food! It celebrates the incredible beer we have here, and strives to promote the Humboldt County artisan brand outside of the area. Boujie Baking Co. is also known for contributing to many local non-profits, though one-time donations and also through our Cookies for CASA line. We (I) believe a business can be used as a tool for improving the community, and do so whenever possible! Finally, with this expansion, we will be providing jobs within Humboldt County. Economy boost!
Vance Balter is thrilled to be here. A former paramedic from Washington State, he always dreamed of creating a career out of his woodworking hobby. A back injury proved to be a mixed blessing. He left his day job and moved with his wife to Humboldt County, where he was quickly embraced by fellow devotees to his craft.
Humboldt, Vance says, has a "great woodworking scene." On the day we speak he's using hand tools to wrestle an eel from a reluctant piece of wood in a garage at Dias Artistries for Rio Dell's Arts on the Avenue. Dias Artistries is the epicenter of a burgeoning arts scene in Rio Dell. Besides Arts on the Avenue (every second Saturday of the month), the town now boasts several galleries and a dynamic arts coalition known as the Eagle Prairie Arts District. Many members find inspiration in the region's natural beauty. Vance is one of many local artists who take advantage of our area's abundance of salvaged redwood and other quality hardwoods. He says that when he finds the right piece of wood the art is "inside it." He refers to a large salmon carving named "Bob." Bob is now a finished piece who will soon take up residence in the Sequoia Park Zoo. But getting to this point wasn't easy.
The timber industry is experiencing what you might call a rebirth – and here in Humboldt we’re right in the middle of it. Successful companies are working to meet the needs of environmentally conscious consumers.