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The Quaking Aspen Tree

Ola, Bonjour, Kon’nichiwa… welcome, welcome, welcome. Here you are, earnestly waiting, begging like Oliver Twist to have ladles full of quaking aspen info poured into your bowl.  Fear not,  a Lee Lockman trait is being upfront, so let me just do that; reading this article comes with a couple of rewards (lucky you): 1) you’ll become a bonafide expert on all things quaking aspen 2) you’ll be able to grow an entire forest of aspen in your backyard if your pretty little heart desires so.  Oh, and I almost forgot, if you’re a real glutton, and want to fill that tum-tum of yours with some more trembling aspen factoids, move that sexy pointer finger of yours over here and click to read Everything A Man Should Know About The Quaking Aspen.

What is a Quaking Aspen Tree?

You guessed it, it’s a tree, but more specifically it’s “a world record holding deciduous tree that resides in the cooler regions of North America. I read somewhere once that 65% of people are visual learners (that fact comes free of charge ladies and gentlemen), so let Lee paint you a picture. 

Plant yourself in the middle of autumn. The air has some bite to it again, your nostrils washed with the cleansing alfresco breeze. You’re in the thick of it. Consumed on all sides by porcelain white trunks and branches adorned with chick yellow leaves. That teeth-like wind pushes through the leaves evoking a sound of quivering. 

Alright, come back to me, that right there, that masterpiece I just created in your mind is what the quaking aspen tree is. Let’s get technical with it because you didn’t solely come here for art you came for facts. 

The quaking aspen tree in Latin is known as populus tremuloides, and it has more nicknames than you have with your partner (and if your single, more nicknames than you give your pet, and if you don’t have either of those maybe it’s time to reevaluate your life…). The quaking aspen goes by the trembling aspen, golden aspen, and for all you patriots out there the American aspen. 

As humans we often try and overcomplicate things, but not with the naming of this tree. The leaves “quake” and tremble when the breeze hits the leaves. So, we added an adjective in front of aspen and were done with it already.

How Do Quaking Aspen Reproduce

You probably haven’t thought about sex for a couple of minutes since you’ve been captivated by every word written here so far (please men just try and wait till your done reading this article before you go take care of business… or just at the very least keep this tab open). So, let’s talk about trees bumping and grinding on one another and making sexy little tree babies.  

Ok, even though it is quite a visual to see trees getting down and nasty with it (use your imagination I can’t paint all the pictures for you), quaking aspen trees actually have two methods of reproducing some offspring. They reproduce by seeds and by root sprouts, with root sprouting being the more common and successful form of reproduction. 

Due to the aspens root sprouting ways, there are many trees that are genetically identical aka they’re cloning themselves. Basically, you can have an entire forest of trees from an aspen that has command + c’d and command + v’d (don’t worry PC people here you go – ctrl + c & ctrl + v) itself. All those copied and pasted aspens share one single root, hence the identical characteristics, hence why root sprouting is the most effective form of reproduction, and I hope at this point you hence get how these trees reproduce.

Where Do Quaking Aspen Trees Grow 

Now that your inner food basket has been satiated with some wholesome quaking aspen facts, you probably want to know where these trees reside so you can be in their embrace sooner than later. 

Quaking aspens have been able to spawn at such a rate that they are the most widely distributed tree in North America. They grow all the way up in Alaska, creep through Canada, move down through the good ol’ U.S. of A, and touch down in Mexico. 

They are able to grow so widely in part to their IDGAF attitude towards climatic conditions. The aspen grows at low altitudes in the north, high altitudes in the south, and in all types of soil. I’ll get a little more specific with the soil; the aspen lust for sandy gravelly slopes, and they quickly congregate in disturbed sites where there is an abundance of bare soil. Furthermore, yes furthermore, the deciduous cloning tree grows best where the soil is moist and where the rays of sun are bountiful. 

Now, we all know I’m going to say that the quaking aspen grows best in the PNW (I live here if that wasn’t implied enough), and we all know that I’m being biased, but we all know I’m also correct in my assertion. I mean if you were to do some digesting of the little nuggets of facts, I have force fed you so far (still at it… I know), you should be able to deduce why we; the PNW, are ideal for the quaking aspen to reside in our hood over any other region. We’ve got moist brown butter soil, we’ve got high altitudes, we’ve got low altitudes, and whenever that sun does decide to come out… it sprays its beams of warmth a plenty. So, I ask you, am I being biased, or am I being right?

How to Propagate Quaking Aspen Trees

At this point you’re probably so enthralled with the idea of quaking aspen you want to put your botanist regalia on, and get out there and make your own forest of clones. So, let Lee sow some seeds of instruction. 

How to breed these mutants:

Step 1: Root Collection

  • You want to start slicing and dicing between the months of February and May on days the frost is absent
  • Find a mature growth area, we don’t want to be hacking away at the little ones
  • Expose and detach the root and cut about a foot in length 
  • Place in a plastic bag and be sure to keep the roots moist, a way to do this using damp moss

Step 2: Treatment of Roots

  • Preventing the roots from drying out should be your primary concern
  • Plant in boxes that can hold about 10 of those foot-long root sections
  • Cover them with a compost peat mix – this helps keep the roots moist
  • If you have a polytunnel/greenhouse place those boxes in there with no heat, but make sure you keep the compost mixture wet
  • Suckers (these look like new baby branches shooting from the root) will come alive around 4-6 weeks after this, and if you harvest regularly, you’ll be in sucker heaven for about 12 weeks

Step 3: Prep of Cuttings

  • When the suckers get 1-3 inches in height, it’s time to bring your scalpel and cut them off individually where the sucker and mama root meet
  • Dip the cuttings like a beef dip into a rooting compound
  • Plant the cuttings using a dibber (it’s basically an ice pick for gardening) into a tray with compost and perlite
  • Label with date of cuttings

Step 4: Final Care

  • You want to be periodically misting the planted cuttings
  • Cuttings usually begin to produce roots in approximately 2-3 weeks
  • Once they are done being delicately misted, they need to be carefully introduced into the outdoor conditions by placing them in a cold frame where there is adequate shade
  • After another 14 to 21 days they are ready to be potted into their own pots with either peat or coir-based compost
  • Then it’s time to release them into the wild… rather your backyard

How Much Water Do Quaking Aspen Trees Need

Like any tree, the quaking aspen enjoys a thirst quenching watering schedule. This is even more true during the infancy of the trembling trees life. The best way to ensure your roots are going to be healthy is to give them a good soaking for the first six weeks (Relax BYU, I’m not talking about that type of soaking). 

Soak that soil until it is 20 inches deep, and avoid getting the foliage wet… insert that’s what she said joke here … Then add about 2-3 inches of mulch so it can stay nice and damp. A method to ensure that the roots will be able to slurp up the water they need is by laying a soaker hose under the mulch, and make doubly sure that you let the soil dry before you water again. 

A good indicator if you’re over or underwatering your tree is if the leaves begin to go limp, and droop like my grandmother Elanor’s eyelid. This is where you have to use your discretion and adjust your water habits as needed (I can’t do it for you, and even if I could I wouldn’t). 

When To Plant A Quaking Aspen

Now that I’ve germinated some paramount propagation and watering seeds of info into your mind, it would be ill conceived of me, and actually quite inadequate of me to not inform you on when to plant your quaking aspen. 

The primetime for planting is spring, once the film of frost has dissolved. Why spring? Not solely because I am telling you that spring is the best, but because spring actually gives the young aspen time to establish that integral root system. Without a proper root system your quaking aspen will desiccate and parish like my grandma (don’t worry Eleanor and her droopy eyelids are still alive. It’s the other grandma you know the one who you don’t really know, anyways enough about my family tree). 

The quaking aspen has a peculiar lifespan. It’s unique because an individual quaking aspen often lives for about 50-60 years, and in the west up 150 years (remember when I said it grows best in the PNW… how much more evidence do you need). However, the trembling aspen also has a perennial lifespan, meaning it can live forever. This is due to it’s root sprouting reproduction; one stem has a short life, but the clone can live for eons.

Where To Buy A Quaking Aspen

If propagation isn’t your thing, and if you yearn to have your backyard filled with cream cheese coloured trunks and shivering yolk leaves then purchasing a nursery tree may be your best option. Obviously, I can’t specifically tell you where to buy your quaking aspen, but if you are having trouble finding a specific location I created this interactive guide that might help some of you.

However, there are two common sources where you can begin your mutant forest of cloned trembling trees: a local tree farm/nursery or a big box retailer. Now, I’m not going to ramble about the differences between a tree farm and a retailer, I already did that here. Rather, I’ll just reiterate the importance of finding the perfect young tree. It’s important to be picky and really take the time in finding your quaking aspen (similar to picking that random craft-brewed beer you’ve chosen due to how “cool” the label looks), this tree will hopefully outlive you, so choose wisely my dear friend.

Summary

So, we’ve finished a seven-course meal on quaking aspen, and now you are pleasantly full with all that wholesome information. Now let that belch out you’ve clearly earned it!

Now, I’m not the Oliver Twist type to be begging for your support by subscribing to our newsletter, but if you genuinely enjoyed the content it would be beyond rad if you could! Uncle Lee will be coming at you with only the info you need! Cheers to you and yours my darlings! 

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How To Use A Pumice Stone for Cleaning

If you own a pumice stone, you’re one step ahead of most people.

But merely having a pumice stone is not enough! Chances are you’re not getting the full use out of it. But don’t be dismayed because I, Amber, solemnly do swear to take you on as my padawan one and teach you everything I know about pumice under the sun.

You might be using the pumice stone only during spa day, especially now with the lockdown and all, but did you know about its use in your day to day cleaning? Of course, you did; your Mom keeps sending you a shit ton of articles because she’s worried you will live in filth after moving out.

I’m not taking your Mom’s side, but Chinese takeout always has that distinct smell and you should probably clean out your sink while you’re at it.

WHAT IS A PUMICE STONE ANYWAY?

Unless you are a geology major, you probably don’t know that when a volcano erupts and hot magma; aka lava comes into contact with water or air, it cools rapidly and creates the tiny little bubbles found throughout a pumice stone—pretty cool, right.

 “The physical world has no two things alike.” that was either said by the 13th-century Persian poet Rumi or maybe it was an Instagram poser I follow. Either way it applies perfectly to pumice. 

If you are a lover of all things Greek, they have a cooler rendition of how Pumice stone came into existence. They believed it was a gift straight from the gods Vulcan and Aphrodite during their unification. That might seem a bit of a stretch considering how tumultuous their marriage was. However, it could explain the infamous shower of pumice saturated ash in Pompeii for 24 hours straight….but, I diverge. 

THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF PUMICE STONE.

So, there are two pumice grades: rock pumice and pumicite; you’re probably wondering what’s the difference. One is dirt or sand, and the other is a chunky rock.

Under rock pumice, you have nature made and gathered stone or human-made manufactured imposters. As someone who’s grown up in the pacific northwest, I can identify between the two even after I’ve had more than my fair share of IPA. You have to remember real ones float, fake ones sink. Insert witch trial joke here. Anyway. I should note that it is true that some man-made rocks will also float. When in doubt look at the company listed ingredients on the back.

You Get Some Pumice. You Get Some Pumice. Pumice For Everyone!

Okay, my pumice nerdiness might be showing a little, but did you know that during the construction of Italy’s pantheon, they used concrete, with travertine together with, yes, you guessed it, pumice. It may have been a small percentage but the pantheon is still standing. Justy saying.

Pumice is an incredibly versatile rock. It can be used for everything from calluses removal to soundproofing. It’s naturally fire resistant. Some people use it in mulch.  Even the construction industry has found an eco-friendly use for pumice stone in building materials. 

In this article though we are going to focus specifically on small pore pumice manufactured for cleaning. This girl’s secret weapon!  No, I’m not talking about chucking it at someone who says pineapple doesn’t belong on pizza. I’m talking about using this rock for cleaning all those filthy household items that look a bit uhm mm musty.

USING A PUMICE STONE TO CLEAN YOUR PANS

So, I’m a barely functioning adult. Don’t get me wrong on a good day my apartment barely smells like fruity skittles and burnt food, but who the hell invented grease and why is it soooooo hard to clean?

Like I get it when I cook, some chemical reaction happens, and boom, one Bachelorette episode in, and basically, I have a grease fire.

Is it too much to ask to be born a Michelin star chef? Anyway; if you’re like me love to coat your kitchen in bacon grease, then you know what a bitch it is to get that goo off your pans.

Don’t worry though while living in Target (a rant for another day) I found a way to save your pans with a little pedicure magic!  But how you ask. It’s not as abrasive as steel wool you say. Well let me get this quick disclaimer out of the way and I’ll walk you through it.

Disclaimer: If you have Teflon or diamond coated pans you might not want to give this a try.

Step 1

Important! Soak your pans for the duration of at least two hazy IPA’s.

Step 2

Wet your pumice stone. Never use a dry pumice stone unless you really want to add that “I spent twelve-thousand-dollars vintage look” to your pans.

Step 3

It’s all in the motion. Go with whatever motion feels right. If you’re scared that you might ruin your pan, be sure to do an inconspicuous area test beforehand. Steer clear of the handles. Most handles are coated with something like Teflon or devil urine. For extra dirty pans you might want to add some dish soap to your water, but that’s it. Before you know it; viola! Your pans are spic and span.

USING PUMICE STONE TO CLEAN YOUR OVEN.

I don’t think I’ve ever met someone who jumps at the chance to clean an oven after thanksgiving dinner or after any meal for that matter. I’m usually way too full and battling feelings of guilt thinking about Charlie. Yes; I nicknamed the turkey, and no; I don’t have a problem other than the fact that my family just left me to clean up after them! 

I feel like “I cook, you clean” should be etched on a stone tablet somewhere. However, if you’re feeling extra generous because you’re basically mother Teresa at this point, you can grab your favorite pumice stone; make your way to the oven, and get busy. 

This method is easy, nontoxic, and loosens up the burnt gunk without ruining the enamel of your oven. Last year’s pie still stuck on the baking grill? No problem, your trusted pumice stone is on duty!

I usually start this type of job with a man-made pumice stone. Simply open the oven door and use a tiny circle motion to scrub away the grease. It might get a bit messy, so putting down a rag or your Ex’s clothes first might be a good idea. After a good oven cleaning its best to just dispose of your stone as it’s going to be pretty grimy.

USING YOUR PUMICE STONE TO CLEAN YOUR SINK

I don’t know if I’m the only one who enjoys watching cleaning videos on YouTube, but there is just something about someone else cleaning filthy things that retains my attention. I always feel like I can clean my whole apartment in under ten minutes! Well I can’t 🙁 And unless you are living the tiny house lifestyle you probably can’t either! But after you’ve powered through all those dishes Harry left you, you can remove those huge stains on the sink with your pumice stone!

Clean Stainless Steel Sink Without Chemicals

If you’re like me and trying to steer away from chemicals, you can simply go in with your wet pumice stone. Using minimal elbow grease you can scrub away even the toughest stain. Works with any type of stain, be it rust, limescale buildup, or grease, the other parts of the sink, a rag, and some water will suffice.

As always, test an inconspicuous area if you are scared that you might ruin the sink, and if you have a marble sink or a custom finish, using a pumice stone is not advised.

USING PUMICE STONE TO CLEAN YOUR BATHTUB

When you’ve been in the office answering emails all day, the only light at the end of the tunnel is the 30 minutes soak at night. Dream on! You and I both know that you haven’t given your tub some TLC, and it has started forming those gross looking water lines.

How can you clean it? Well you can either move or get yourself a pumice stone. Personally I usually move houses but occasionally I opt for the other option.

The Supplies

1 large glass of wine, we are destressing here.

A pumice stone

Some water in a bucket

A disgusting tub (but not fiberglass, never fiberglass)

The Process

With your instruments of justice in hand, wet your stone, and make sure the tub is lubricated. Scrub like your mother’s watching. Rinse. Then draw yourself a bath, lock the bathroom door, and just zone out; you deserve it.

This process also works great for restoring that beautiful 1920s clawfoot tub you picked up from your neighbor with the rusty bus in his front yard. However if you have a fiberglass tub, the pumice stone will probably do more harm than good so only try this out with porcelain or ceramic tubs. I promise it will give your tub a new lease on life!

Note For Rich A-holes: If you have a finished metal or a gold tub for those perfect Instagram selfies, like fiberglass you should avoid using a pumice stone as this might scratch the tub.

USING PUMICE STONE TO CLEAN YOUR TOILET 

Here’s a fun little fact, the average adult spends about 92 days of their life on the toilet. That will either get you a second date or a very awkward start to dinner. Maybe I should have kept that little nugget to myself, but now you can’t unknow it and it’s probably the reason your Mom sent you this particular article!

No one likes cleaning the toilet. Yours is disgusting. You know it. I know it. What are we going to do about it? 

Move again? 

No. Not This time.

This time you’re going to listen to crazy Amber and clean it. Because let’s face it, we’re getting older and cleaning makes us happy. So, let’s get down and dirty. 

Make sure you wet the stone before working it into the stains. Start with a strong pulling motion until the stone starts to disintegrate and forms a light abrasive paste. Then move to small circles to rid the poop palace of whatever stains it might have.

Again be sure that the toilet is porcelain not a fiberglass one like those found in an RV or on a boat. You don’t want to tell your Dad why you ruined his RV toilet the first time he let you borrow it for the Fourth of July. Trust me!

In Closing

You can clean your entire apartment with it, from the stovetops, oven, grill, your sink to your pans. It feels like we’ve been talking for ages so I don’t really touch on it, but it can even clean your carpet! I know what you’re thinking. This carpet cost me $3000 to install. Well if your furry little buddy coated it in hair, you can use your pumice stone on it before you vacuum, but that’s a tale for another day.

So if you are still on the fence about the powerful pumice, my advice for you is RUN!

Run to the nearest pharmacy store and grab yourself one. Not only will your tub thank you, but you will be thinking of me; your pumice stone ambassador, as you take your 30-minute bath. {yes, I know, freaky}

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A Guide To Using A Pumice Stone For Feet

THE PUMICE STONE FOR FEET

“Alexa, what is the best pumice stone?” No response. Firstly, no one’s there because you don’t own one {you care about your privacy way too much}, and two, it can’t read out a full blog post.

So, here you are reading yet another article on pumice stone, but this isn’t your ordinary how-to guide. I will take you on a journey from the dark ages to the 21st century to give you an idea of what this wondrous and mystical stone can do for you.

WHY A PUMICE STONE ROCKS

For you to know the magical benefits of this stone, getting an origin story {thank you, stan lee} wouldn’t hurt.

If we look at Greek mythology, it will probably tell you how the gods gifted them with this wondrous stone during Vulcan and Venus’s gods’ unification.

A quick search on google will tell you that pumice is formed when super-heated, highly pressurized lava is violently ejected from a volcano into air/water. It cools so fast that these gases got trapped into little bubbles found all over the stone.

Sounds pretty cool, right? In Pompeii, it “rained “ash and pumice from the nearby active volcano for a straight 24 hours burying the town. The only survivor was a ten-year-old “Pliny the younger” talk about an extreme survivor. There is something to wow your friends with during dinner.

TYPES OF PUMICE STONE

Okay, I have to get this out of the way as soon as possible. The goddess Aphrodite did not create millions of perfectly shaped pumices for millions of people to use it as much as that would make me sleep better at night. It simply isn’t plausible.

There are two types; human-made pumice and gathered stones.

Chances are the perfectly shaped stone you got your mom for her birthday is human-made. There is nothing wrong with it, but I’m more of a purest.

Human-made/artificial pumice was made by mixing particles made up of glass with sand and basalt mixed in with calcium or magnesium carbonate. It seems like a lot, but basically, it’s many chemicals mixed to give you a pumice stone.

That might give you the heebie-jeebies. You might feel its best to go the natural route; however, please note that artificial pumice takes up less shipping and storage costs, thereby making it exceptionally eco-friendly.

I would say I am more of a natural girl, even though I still use deodorants even though they have aluminum in them. I believe that mother nature has given us everything we need.

Plus, my thrifted denim will always have that cool distressed look. My pumice stone  plays a huge part. Okay, Carol. Now you know

HOW DO YOU USE YOUR PUMICE STONE?

Pedicures

Is it true that feet are the new windows to the soul? Okay, I might have stretched that out a bit, but who doesn’t love pretty feet {yes even those creepy guys on craigslist know what’s up.}

You can do this either in your living room or bedroom. Take your footbath, your trustee pumice stone, oils, and get ready to have adorable tootsies. For your convenience, you can plug it in near you, be careful not to get zapped.

Start by soaking your feet; I usually use this time to overthink my life but the dealer’s choice. Right? When you’re ready to start sloughing off the yummy goodness, pat dry and start rubbing in a circular motion, be as light-handed as you possibly can.

Pay extra attention to heels and sides, as this is where most of the callouses are present. Pat dry and apply your favorite moisturizer.

When done, rinse your pumice stone in some apple cider and or with a toothbrush and let it dry. So there you have it, ladies and gentlemen, the most common use for a pumice stone but not the only one as you will see down below.

At-home manicures.

Similar to the pedicure, you can quickly go in with your stone for this home manicure. You can do this either for yourself or your partner {extra bonus points for you}.

You want to fill up a small basin, lay down a towel on your thighs, get your little kit out and go to town.

If you have the time, you can file, cut, and give your nails a new polish afterward.

You are welcome.

I think it’s only fair I let you in on a secret, I barely use my pumice stone for the traditional use. I know I’m a bit of a bad girl. When I started on this journey, like everyone else, I walked the paved road, but I have to tell you it’s kind of nice to realize there are other ways of using a pumice stone.

One of the ways that I learned from a friend was using pumice to distress jeans. With all my stories, I have to set a mood.

Okay, so it’s Saturday night; you’ve gotten well-fitting jeans in the mail. They look kind of cool, but they are missing something.

No, it’s not the fact that women’s jeans lack pockets {thanks a lot Zara}. It’s that they don’t give you that oomph that the thrifted distressed mom jeans do. What you want to do is go in with your stone; be careful not to heavy-handed distress the shit out of it. Afterward, throw them in the wash; we don’t want stone cracking jokes where they shouldn’t.

Before I can leave you to your extensive knowledge on pumice stones, I have a fun little did you know.

Did you know that in ancient China, the doctors would use ground up mica, pumice fossilized bones, and tea and make a concoction used to treat stomach ulcers and other ailments?

It might sound bat shit crazy to drink tea but let’s not judge. It was in ancient times.

I can only hope that with this knowledge, you will go forth and spread the word on the mythical pumice stone as with great experience comes great responsibility,

Yes, I had to end with that cliché.

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Everything A Man Should Know About The Quaking Aspen

Welcome ladies! Oh, and you too men. Alas, you’ve rabbit-holed yourself into another loquacious Lee Lockman tale – clearly a slow day in the ol’ factory of life if we are googling quaking aspen, don’t worry I’m not here to pass judgement. Don’t you dare have pity for yourself, because Uncle Lee is here to edutain the masses. Today’s info-session is on the largest living organism the quaking aspen. 

The quaking aspen goes by many pseudonyms, it’s also known as the trembling aspen, golden aspen, and if you want to get patriotic about it: The American Aspen. 

So, if you’re here to continue that free-fall down that rabbit hole, enjoy a few laughs and fill that beautiful mind of yours with some quakingly good facts (see what I did there), then scroll on down my dear friend, scroll on down. 

It’s a Tree How Sweet Can It Be? 

Pretty – eye-muffs – fucking sweet actually, thanks for asking. Let Lee Lockman here sprinkle some fast facts onto your mind and let them germinate. 

Let’s start off with this, the quaking aspen is a tree first, and a campground second – yeah, I’m talking to you California. Let me reiterate this point to you my darlings, this is an article on a trembling tree. If you are / were looking to stay at the lovely Quaking Aspen campground in the Sequoia National Forest click this. Although, let me save you some finger dips and let you know the campground is closed until May 28th 2021.

Pacific Northwest versus Everywhere Else

While we’re at it let me draw some lines in the proverbial sand. People from the PNW are different from our neighbours to the south. We don’t tan, we rust. Umbrellas = useless, just buy a jacket. Coffee and craft-beer > anything. We’re anti-social extroverts. Lastly, you’ll probably see someone playing a trombone while riding a unicycle, and we won’t flinch twice. 

Sorry folks, sometimes I get lost in an IPA-induced tangent, but I digress…

Fast Facts About The Quaking Aspen Tree

As you know, if you want to impress anyone and everyone you have to throw a little Latin flair, and some “hashtag science”, their way to assert your intellectual dominance. Populus tremuloides is the scientific/Latin name for the quaking aspen; and get this, it’s the most widely distributed tree in North America. Unsurprisingly, it grows best where I, Lee Lockman, reside: The Pacific Northwest (this “fact” is of course based in my completely unbiased opinion…).

Ok, ok, you’re probably saying Lee “enough of the scientific jibber jabber for a second, please. We want to know why it’s actually called a quaking aspen.” Simple. It’s because the slightest breeze will cause the leaves to tremble, or as you probably guessed it, quake. 

In fact, it has been said that the Onondaga Peoples called the quaking aspen “nut-kie-e”, which means “noisy leaf”. How truly apropos! 

Oh, does Uncle Lee have a story for you about this noisy leaf, but first let me sow some more seeds of insight for you.

Pando

Now, as I alluded to earlier the quaking aspen is the largest living organism. Spread across 107 acres of Utah’s Fishlake National Forest is approximately 47,000 genetically identical quaking aspen trees, which are all tethered to a single root system. And, of course if you’re the biggest in something then we as humans will give you a name, and the name we have given this mammoth of an organism is Pando. No, it isn’t derived from giant pandas, but rather Pando is Latin for “I spread”, and oh has it spread for at least 80,000 years. When I informed creepy Greg from accounting about the Latin derivative of Pando, he of course touted some creepy remark about how he Pando’d some “foxy lady” off of “Plenty of Fish” around the office… ugh seriously how can’t we get rid of this walking human resource violation…

Anyways, Pando weighs just shy of the amount of granola we consume here in the Pacific Northwest on a daily basis weighing in at a whopping 13 million pounds. This makes Pando – a quaking aspen – the largest living organism by mass on earth.

Pando became Pando because of the way quaking aspens reproduce – we’ll go a little deeper on this in a bit. While trembling aspens have the ability to reproduce by disseminating seeds more often than not, they send up sprouts from their roots and form what is essentially a clone. Root sprouting is the terminology we’re looking for here, and it is the most common and successful form of the trees reproduction cycle. That’s how over 47,000 trees are identical in their DNA and how Pando became a forest of the same tree. 

Now, close your educated eyes for a moment and picture the quivering and shaking of a forest filled with quaking aspen. The symphony of shivering leaves pulsing through your ear holes, what do you feel? Yeah, me too, these trees are terribly frightened. Just riddled with fear!

Why are Quaking Aspen Trees So Scared?

I am a man of my word, and told you all that I will be enlightening you with a Lee Lockman fable, so gather round and let Uncle Lee bounce you on his knee for storytime.

So, as any good solid man should, I escaped my tiny desk for a day out by the cabin where the stench of man pierces every living creatures’ nostrils. Fall was in full effect, the trees behind my cabin were overlapping with yellows and reds. Each leaf aware of it’s impending death. You know the perfect day to dabble in a little micro-dosing of psilocybin – I mean everyday seems like a good day, but you know what I mean. I chomped down on the fungi, grabbed my growler filled with IPA and headed into the trees.

There wasn’t a breeze, the air fresh, but stagnant. I trudged forward until I found a tree that was good enough to pop a squat by. Its bark was as white as an angel’s garments, shooting up from the ground to what seemed like the heavens, ornamented with electric yellow leaves. Yes, indeed it was a quaking aspen.

Out of nowhere a breeze came and struck me and the surrounding forest. At that exact moment your Unckie Lee realized he maaaay of have ingested a bit more than a micro-dose…

The leaves began to tremble, it was truly a cacophony of fear bellowing from the trees. As a man of the forest, I laid back and listened to the leaves. They had a message for ol’ Lee, “we’re dying… Please save us. Please, Mr. Lockman (trust me I also was taken aback by the decorum they had) can you write an engaging article about how important we are to the ecosystem.”

First pouring a little out for the quaking aspen, I took a swig out of my growler. I softly placed my hand on the tree’s white porcelain bark to console every quaking aspen in unity. I gave them my word to do my best, and spent the rest of the days light in the forest bathing in the symphony of quaking aspens.

At this point you’re probably thinking Lee is losing his mind, he has truly become untethered to reality? The quaking aspen aren’t actually trembling because they’re dying. Well boys and girls actually they sort of are. 

Although, physically/biologically speaking, the quaking from the trees occurs due to their flexible flattened petioles, they are in fact dying at a very accelerated rate.

Quaking Health Problems

There are signs of decline in the trembling aspen populations in the states of Utah, Arizona, and Colorado. The deaths of these terrified aspen are most apparent at lower elevations where drought and the rise of temperatures are killing the older aspen. Trust me, I’m no longer tripping, quaking aspens are in a battle for their lives against the same leading cause of death in humans, heat stroke and heart attacks.  

Now, I don’t want to get too science-y with you, but I’m going to anyway… The reason for the aspen heart attacks is because the hot dry conditions make the taller aspens pull water up from the earth at a stronger rater, which causes bubbles that block the access of water and nutrients to the tree. Ok, maybe that was as science-y as I thought…

Although heart attacks cause the older and taller trees to succumb to death; the younger aspens are not excluded from the clutches of death, however it’s for different reasons. Younger aspens are primarily facing their mortality due the over-browsing by deer, elk and other grazing livestock. The fear here is due to the central root system (remember root sprouting) not properly photosynthesizing younger trees and losing its ability to sustain a forest of clones. 

A healthy quaking aspen ecosystem is critical for the habitat for at least 190 of my woodland friends! 55 species of mammals and 135 species of birds. One study found 95% of 1692 cavity nests were in quaking aspen branches. Making the aspen an extremely vital nesting tree for the birds.

So, now that I’ve upheld my pledge to the trees about informing you about their death and explaining why they’re dying, we can move on to what makes these fear ridden trees peculiar…

Can We Really Trust A Tree Whose Wood Doesn’t Burn?

Lets see what other shady shit this tree is hiding?

Can it be Used For Firewood?

Let’s say no. Yeah, I guess, if you want to get technical about it. And, if you really want to be technical about it! Aspen is technically a hardwood, but it’s such a low-density hardwood that has the possibility of being softer than many softwoods making it not a great wood for fires.

Lets face it, trembling aspen are so encapsulated in their terror tremors that even after they have been uprooted and hacked into bits, they are still afraid of death by fire! Just kidding, but seriously quaking aspen only produces about half the amount of heat a strong; man’s, wood like oak would provide. Making it the type of wood that falls under the category “I guess if it’s cheap or free, and onhand you might as well burn it type of wood.

Other Uses For Aspen

Although, quaking aspen timber isn’t ideal for having a fire, ironically enough, one of the purposes we have for aspen is they get whittled down into matchsticks. Yup, if you are inept at providing a warming fire, we’ll just put you to work as a fire starter.

Amongst, the other purposes we have for quaking aspen are tiny teeth jabbers, aka toothpicks. Oh, and lastly this robot lady on YouTube states that aspen can be used for and I quote “cheap furniture…aspen rarely used for furniture, but sometimes, for cheap furniture that won’t get a lot of wear or abuse” unquote. Seriously? Why would one ever want “cheap furniture” that never gets used? If you found yourself surrounded by this type of furniture I believed this constitutes onhand wood you might as well burn. Honestly, it blows my mind. I’ve viewed this video 1,994 times and still can’t believe my ears. Anyways enough about me back to those trembling aspens.

You must be thinking “Lee there cannot be any more uses for quaking aspen, can there?”  Well, actually not only does the quaking aspen have practical usage like matches, toothpicks, and cheap furniture (shivver), it also embodies medicinal properties. Actually, American aspen have a storied history in respect to herbal use

Medicinal Properties

It was often employed by North American indigenous tribes who used it as an antiseptic for treating wounds, skin issues and respiratory disorders. The bark plays a significant role in modern medicine by containing a quality known as salicylates (obviously I know it’s pronounced suh-li-suh-leits, I doubt that helped you), which is an element of aspirin. Oh, are you connecting some dots right now? Aspen… ASP-irin… eh, get it… ugh…

Hey gentlemen, here’s a public service announcement about this paragraph, it contains the topic of women’s lady parts and blood-flow, so if this stuff makes you feel uncomfortable skip these next few sentences. Ok now that we’ve got the weak-minded men out of this paragraph, ladies I’ll let you in on a little secret, there is evidence that a tea developed from the root bark is used as a treatment for excessive menstrual bleeding, and assists with alleviating those pesky cramps. Honestly, ladies you amaze me, you’re all so strong to be able to get through that, truthfully, I have troubles making it through the mornings after a night of thirty hot wings… so bravo ladies.

Find Yourself Hungry and Alone in Aspen Forest?

Alright boys welcome back, and oh boy we are about to get into man shit. Remember when I talked about how those over browsing deer, elk, and moose are gorging themselves on the supple flavours from the young aspen? Well, guess what? We’re going to bring the fight to them by learning how to fashion a bow from an aspen branch.

You want to start by grabbing a branch about five feet in length and make a notch around the middle of the piece of aspen aka a shooting ledge. I mean you don’t need a ledge, but it helps accuracy and we’re aiming for deer hearts gentlemen, so you want to be as accurate as possible. Once the ledge is complete you want to mark your handle, you basically take your hand and place it over the ledge and mark it down, that way you’ll know where to start your limbs. Now, you’ll want to grab your knife and start shaving away the bark (maybe keep it for some fire starter to cook with later). After the hacking of the bark is complete smooth it out with your knife, or if you; like me, always have sandpaper with you use that. After that just string that bad boy up, and get out there to save some young trembling aspen. If you are one of “those” people that finds yourself in a forest with wifi my boy John Stallone gives a pretty good description on how to make a piece of aspen into a lethal weapon, I just wish he figured out how to balance sound volume…

Ladies and gentlemen, those are some of the uses for trembling aspen.

In Case Nature Hasn’t Made You Enough

So, you’re thinking Lee how do these quaking aspen trees keep Pando-ing across North America. As I’ve done so far to you by germinating seeds of facts into your mind, I want to get into how to actually germinate trembling aspen seeds themselves.

As you would expect with such a trembling tree the seeds are actually super tiny, smaller than Marilyn Monroe’s famous beauty mark, ok there’s lots of things smaller than that, they’re more like the size of a Marilyn Monroe eye crusty… Even though they are tiny the seeds, not MM’s eye booger, grow into seedlings and then into a tree. You’re probably thinking “no shit, Lee just tell us how they germinate already!” Ok, ok, on it. 

Germination of Quaking Aspen

Quaking aspen germinate through a technique called sow under glass. No, this doesn’t mean you’re planting it under a piece of glass to germinate, rather you’re planting them in a moisture filled dome. A legit biodome. The best way to do this is by grabbing a clear plastic garbage bag and two plastic vegetable seed flats, one being for water so the water will seep up. DON’T YOU DARE ADD WATER TO THE SOIL or I will send creepy Greg from accounting to your home…

Step 1

Grab your seed starting mix and fill up each flat. Next grab the dust size quaking aspen seeds and dump them into the flat. You want anywhere between 10-15 seeds into each compartment of the flat. 

Step 2

Lift up the flat with your precious seeded soil mix and dump a good layer of water into the bottom flat. Just leave the seeds on top of the soil because the water will work its way up to find the soil. Grab that plastic bag and place the flat inside. 

Step 3

Move your “artisanal” sow under a glass kit into a sunny room and watch that bad boy collect more moisture than a… you know what I’m going to restrain myself here, and try to keep this PG-13-ish. 

Check on it every couple of days to see if there is enough moisture being collected in your homemade biosphere. If there isn’t; guess what you should do? Yup, add water to the bottom flat. 

This entire germinating process takes about one to two weeks on average. When ready grab those sprouted seeds and move them into a container large enough to get them growing.

Propagation

Let’s make that green thumb even more green by discussing how to propagate a quaking aspen. You can click this long PDF to get more info, or you can strap in and learn the ways from moi – that’s French for “me” for all you uncultured swine people.

The trembling aspen is generally propagated from root cuttings. The best time of year to start hacking away at some roots is early spring after the threat of frost has dethawed. Now, you don’t want to start slicing at any aspen root, you want to ensure the roots you are collecting are vigorously healthy (like me) adult trees.

The roots should be about a half inch to one inch in diameter, and as long my… umm… nevermind. The root should be one foot in length. Make sure the roots don’t dry out like most women around creepy Greg. Wrap them in a damp newspaper, and place them in a plastic bag for transport.

Once, you’ve collected all your moist roots, it is best advised to plant them as soon as possible. Plant the root cuttings in a box with light compost peat mix about 4 inches deep. Then cover those cuttings with around 2 inches of the same peat compost mix.

The root cuttings should start to sucker or develop new shoots after four to six weeks, and if harvested regularly for cuttings, new suckers will continue to sprout out up to 12 weeks. These new shoots can be used to propagate new trees.

Herbaceous cuttings should be taken after the shoot has grown to be around four inches. The cuttings should then be treated by a rooting hormone. Please don’t ingest these rooting hormones you won’t get any taller men.

We then place the cuttings in a 50/50 perlite peat mix ensuring the environment is temperature controlled (75 degrees) and has high humidity. Don’t let them dry out! After several weeks rooting should have taken place, and you can move the new trees outside.

The aspens can then be transplanted into bigger pots where they can develop into larger trees. These trees can be planted the following year or that fall after growth has stopped.

I’ll give you one more method to propagate this deciduous tree because I’m a generous man. A method named hardwood cutting; for unobvious reasons, is another effective way to propagate the quaking aspen. Again you want to use hardwood cuttings that have been taken from a vigorous elder from the previous year’s growth.

Make sure to collect the material in early spring, and trim it to be a foot or so in length, cutting just below and above the bud. Dip the base of the cutting into a hormone rooting powder (ok, you know how I know the rooting hormone doesn’t make you grow taller, I snorted it, yeah, it wasn’t a good time in my life, but I was 14 and really wanted to make the varsity basketball team, so yeah, shame me if you want, but I’m just here giving you pertinent info for you short guys out there, this isn’t a solution).

Plant the cuttings deeply into well drained soil or compost, and again, don’t let it dry out. Seriously, if you left anything dry out at this point after I’ve said not to, then I’m curious how you’ve made it this far in life. These cuttings can actually produce strong new shoots throughout spring and summer and can get to a size to plant out after one growing season.

Hopefully after all this germination and propagation information you just read you will have your own backyard Pando in no time.

Where to Buy Quaking Aspens 

If seeds, and hacking at roots isn’t your thing don’t worry Lee has you covered. You can in fact buy quaking aspen trees in a variety of sizes. Heading down to your local nursery or tree farm, cuts out all the hardship of germinating or propagating.

Now, I’m not going to give you locations specific to where you live, but rather general information along with some pros and cons on acquiring your own trembling tree. If you are interested and having trouble finding a specific location I created this interactive guide that might help some of you. 

What to Look For at a Nursery

It is so important when picking a tree at nursery that you be picky; you can’t be like creepy Greg and just take anything from anyone. Seriously Greg. Gross. Those pictures from your Jersey trip. You need to get checked out. Anyway you want that aspen to mean something to you. As you’ll notice nursery trees are often container grown, or balled in burlap. This is what you should keep your eye out for:

  • Minimal scarring on that white trunk and limbs
  • No dead branches
  • A healthy complexion, don’t buy one under the notion that it’s ugly so it’s cute (I’m looking at you women)
  • No blotches or holes on the leaves
  • A strong central trunk
  • With those burlap balled trees make sure the trunk is loose enough to dig your finger underneath it

Now you know what to look for, I’ll elucidate that mind of yours with some benefits of having a quaking aspen purchased from a nursery.

There’s staff on hand to ask your annoying questions to

Oftentimes a nursery will have experienced staff on hand to help give an idea on how to landscape for such a tree. It’s doubtful they will know as much as me, but hopefully they will be able to explain some key details in choosing the right tree and how to maintain it. They’ll also know how to deal with diseases (No, Greg they won’t be able to help you) that may contend with your quaking aspen.

Healthier trees

Nurseries often offer healthier quaking aspen. A nursery will be more expensive than your big-box retailer, but your tree will probably be healthier, and better-adjusted. Plus, you’ll have those staff members who actually care about their trees versus some 15-year old who could care less what happens in his life let alone a tree.

Lastly, nursery trees are fed A1 grade soil while caring for the tree. The trees often live longer, and look more aesthetically pleasing. Obviously important, right ladies? Furthermore, the nutrients that a nursery provides gets absorbed earlier on making them more resistant to disease. And, since you’re already purchasing a terrified tree you know you have to take all the disease precautions you can.

Landscape With Quaking Aspen 

Alright, a few pointers relating to landscaping with these quaking aspen. The short answer is probably don’t do it. Yeah, like actually don’t bother. Unless you want leaves all over the place clogging up your entire existence I would error on the side of not worth it.

Look I am here to be honest with you, Master of men and personal hero Bob Vila recently wrote on his blog “10 Trees That Spell Trouble for Your Yard” and guess who made that list… the fucking quaking aspen, yup! Sure, they look majestic with creamy bark and yellow foliage, but as we (and by “we” I mean me) have talked about a single tree can spawn into a tiny forest, which would probably piss off your neighbors if you live in the suburbs. Even, if it has the ability to block the wind, it whines and trembles like a coward. Do you really want to own a coward tree? No. So, unless you have a specific reason to plant one just leave trembling aspen in the hands of Mother Nature.

You Made it!

Congrats, you now probably know more about a trembling aspen more than anyone from Ohio and most of your friends. Even though; let’s be honest, it’s probably a real small group of friends considering you just read over 4000 words about a timid tree, but way to go! I’m glad I could facilitate imbuing that mind of yours.

Hopefully you go and enjoy some moments in the PNW with those quaking aspen, because even though they’re terrible to own on your property, and you can’t really make a warm fire with them, and they make terrible furniture, and they clog your gutters with leaves, they are a stunning tree to experience in nature. They emit the fragrance of fall, and truly create a symphony of leaves that propels you out of your body (no, I’m not micro-dosing) … so again get out there and make some time for these quirky quaking trees.

 Again, thank you for attention and your time!

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How to make a Bow

How to Make a Burlap Bow

The best way to make a burlap bow is to either to make it from its own fabric, or to import one from a piece of burlap that you have already. For those just starting, a wool burlap sack is a great first project. It will save you the expense of purchasing a finished piece and of learning how to weave a garment out of one. It will also give you an idea of the project that will come next. My preferred burlap sack comes in a 30-pound plastic bag and costs just $1.60.

Wool Burlap Sacks

Wool burlap sacks can range from rather large to very small. Many of the larger pieces are 3 to 5 feet in diameter and are put together with a burlap seam, similar to a buttonhole. One piece of burlap is sewn together in a manner similar to the two underpinnings of a boat or chair. There are also handkerchief-like pieces used to make various patterns. These pieces are quite economical, because you can select a size, cut it, sew it, and then fix the sewn seams to make an even piece. The smaller sizes are both fairly economical and very easy to make. If you don’t have any experience making that type of shawl, it should be a pretty easy first project. The above pictures show the 5 foot diameter stock shown above, and the 27 square foot bag shown below. For larger quantities, I suggest purchasing some wool-covered cotton burlap for use in your next project. Cotton burlap is also quite cheap and should be used if available. I actually cut a smaller bag into 1/2-inch squares to give myself an idea of how much such a bag would cost for larger quantities of burlap. You can find a large bag at most yard sales for less than $2.00. It’s a good idea to let your purchase sit for a while, so it can air-dry or cure.

To make a wrap burlap bag, place all of your squares in the middle and pull them right sides together.

At each corner fold back the top edges and start to round the corner.

How to Make A Bow Out Of Ribbon

The best way to make a bow out of ribbon with out using a bow tie or fabric scissors is to use yarn.

I find that the best way to get ribbons to unravel is by twisting yarn or using a crochet hook and a yarn needle. This is because when you use a string, the string can get tangled.

After twisting or pulling on yarn, the ribbon will begin to break away from the main bundle.

Step 1:

Start with a ribbon of your choice. When the ribbon is secure, cut or shape it into a cone, rectangle or square of your desired width.

Step 2:

Assemble the ribbon on top of the standing piece and tie the ribbon into a knot.

Step 3:

Sew the top and bottom edges of the bow into the standing piece. Assembling the bow together takes a little practice. I have a process for creating bow and weaving all of the pieces together.

How To Make A Christmas Bow

The best way to make a christmas bow is to tie a string around your kid’s back. This will take your family out of just talking about Christmas and get into playing. “I can’t wait to use my bow tie and they’ll love it. Love you Mom”

Another way is to mix a basket cloth, a little velcro, and baby yarn into a bow bow that you make from the beginning. They can stick it on their back when they are with their Dad. “I made my best friend a christmas bow”

Another way is to put the whole wrap that you’ll need around your kid’s back like a gift bag. Tie knots or pins on it. Remember to use rubber bands on the Velcro so that it doesn’t get pulled off. This makes it much harder to remove when you are done and leaves a pretty handmade gift in the end. “I got my children a gift bag wrapped with a christmas bow”

The last option is to bring on christmas and have a christmas bow on a necklace. This way there will be one more gift bag you will need to carry around and they will all be linked to it. You will never get rid of this gift, no matter what. “I got my son a Christmas necklace with a christmas bow on it”

You can find all kinds of Christmas bows here: RubberBadger.com

It will be SO good to see you all on my website! Happy Holidays!

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Crescent Wrench

What is A Crescent Wrench?

A Crescent wrench is a small handle wrench with a long shaft. An end cap that can be used as a pry bar is attached to the end of the shaft. When unscrewed, it allows you to quickly pry up or open a sealed nut or bolts.

Crescent wrench Tips

Wide-routed sockets tend to be used more often than narrow-routed ones, and if you’re not using the Crescent wrench for your particular hole, the wider socket will fit more comfortably. This can cause problems if you use the Crescent wrench for something that is narrow-routed like a pinch bolt, tube nut, or barrel nut.

Other tips: tighten the wrench a good bit, and keep the small parts of the tube tube, tube nut, or barrel nut behind the end cap.

What does a crescent wrench look like

A crescent wrench, or screwdriver, has a thin, often tapered, edge that resembles a crescent moon. It is typically a steel type with a small cross-shaped cap.

photo: how to make a crescent wrench from a crescent wrench

LOOKING FOR A COVERSCALE?

WHY NOT THE VERTICAL?

How do you get your crescent wrench from the center to the edge?

use a hammer

How do you get your crescent wrench from the center to the edge?use a hammer tap your area with a flathead screwdriver . This type of hammer is easier to get in tight spaces.

There are many advantages to the cordless hammer. It’s more convenient to carry around and less cumbersome than an ergonomic pocket hammer. It also won’t bump into your person on the way to work.

use a table saw

A flathead screwdriver can’t dig into material like a table saw.

very short and narrow

a longer type of screwdriver won’t work in tight spaces

Use a pencil to track down the perfect size crescent wrench to fit. Use a longer or smaller wrench if you want a more compact model.

here is a suggested blade to use for steel crescent wrenches

Remember to always have one or two extra sets of pliers on hand. You’ll need them for everything from box pulls to tightening nuts.

Who invented the crescent wrench

Philip Dickens (1758–1837), the young immigrant from Jamaica who turned his blue-tick into a legendary wrench for sewing, is supposed to have had an affinity for making messes. Among those created in the wee hours of the morning and buried in the back yard, Dickens later wrote, “were webs of yarn and fagots of all sorts of sodden and rusty clotted things, which formed a thing of a scandalous and obscene sort, the fruit of that ignorance and miserable passion to raise a fuss.” It was a mostly powerless and insignificant gish gag.

Despite this self-inflicted disgrace, Dickens fell out of favor with his father’s sewing workers and was unlikely to be employable elsewhere. That he was to reinvent himself as a prominent inventor is also somewhat improbable, given that he was almost always known as an annoying, argumentative jerk. He and his brother Nicholas were mean-spirited and bored with the life of a gentleman. They seemed genuinely delighted when Mr. and Mrs. James wrote them from London inquiring how it would be possible to enter the trickery of making a crescent wrench as a girl. They promised them, “anything and you will be welcome, whether you make it in the labours of your house, or at Nucley in the smocks of some Tory tradesman.” Of their brothers and sisters, their mother said, “They were never to know what was pleasant for the others.”

The three boys liked the thought of opportunity and the prospect of a nasty surprise. They invented the clumsy toy as a means of making prank calls, which they applied to both adults and children. They also invented the Squirrel, a “goose-and-ghast sort of a thing” that is what the others would call a crescent wrench.

From about 1790, Peter in England and Calvin in America would study and obsess about strange and incredible inventions made by Dickens’s favorite brothers. 

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Circle Beard

Want to enhance your beard at home? For this tip, I turn to men’s grooming retailer Ashley and Brown, who create classic, high-quality makeup products with the care and expertise of a local-but-flourishing small business. For all the same reasons, Ashley and Brown has no problem adding beard styling, as it is an entirely natural hair style that you don’t see every day.

To give you an idea of what beard styles are offered, we turned to their Customer Care Director, Jason Belding. As he explains in his words, “Beards are like kids in that they need to grow and the only way to do that is to allow it to. That’s why we have a wide variety of styles from basic shaves to full-on grower.”

Beard styling is offered in a variety of styles, so why not try them all. And for some additional tips, including how to keep your beard looking well-groomed and even growing better, check out the original post.

What is a circle beard?

A circle beard is that flat part of the beard closest to the hairline, which is generally a little longer than the remaining part of the beard (and the back of your head). Often the beard portion itself is rounded, but there are exceptions to this rule.

In the Hollywood world, a circle beard is often used to refer to actors with long bushy sideburns.

Can a circle beard occur at different ages?

A square beard is produced by a triangle development (where the angle between the hair line and the back of the head increases between ages 4 and 6), whereas a triangle beard is one where the angle increases between ages 2 and 5. The hairline generally declines as a circle beard progresses, but your friends and family might be surprised to hear that the age of the beard does not typically decrease as the beard grows.

Why do I have a circle beard?

Circle beards are a natural development and are very similar to square beards. The hair on the sides of your face tends to flow in towards the top of your face. This will naturally create a rounder beard.

Circle beards are often the result of prolonged neglect or neglect from a baby-sitter. When a baby’s hairline is below the fringe of the forehead, they can take a lot longer to develop a beard. A much more subtle explanation is that some people choose to shave their faces with a circular incision at the side, resulting in a smaller area for the growth to occur.

Here is some advice on how to grow a circle beard:

If you are a male and have less than a year of experience growing your beard then I would suggest that you grow a minimal amount of facial hair. The reason is that you need to find the best combination of you own ‘manliness’ with your facial hair regimen. Most men with facial hair growth have a ‘neck beard’. Neck beards are great to grow if you’re a musician, even though they won’t give you the power to punch holes in walls. Neck beards look great and they make men very uncomfortable when they come up to you and say, ‘look how much hair I have!’

We all know that the neck beard is a vanity article, one that gives off a feeling of power and masculinity that most of us adults don’t possess. The lack of ‘line of sight’ makes people think that our hair is pretty, even though no-one has the slightest clue what is hiding under our neck beards. That’s why you should not let the neck beard define who you are.

how to trim a circle beard

So you want to know how to trim a circle beard… well.

there is no silver bullet, just some recommendations to ensure good, smooth groomed beard.

– good facial hair. cut away all hair on the sides and back of the beard as it is cutting away from the face.

– keep beard neat and tight.

– for long or deep faces, let beard grow in and out with moving lips. this makes both the beard and face smooth and smooth.

– ftw! that is just a few recommendations. enjoy it.

please take this into account when you decide to grow a beard!

people call us bearded face lovers… but sometimes people just shave their face. hopefully this will help you enjoy your beard like never before!

And I want to tell you this – a world of difference, if you love your beard. If you love yourself,

If you love your beard,

This beard trimmer is for you!

Never feels like there’s a left hand,

Or right hand that the beard trimmer does.

The beard trimmer truly gives you the power,

To grow and change and bloom your beard to fit your needs.

how long does it take to grow a circle beard

Are there any best or most natural ways to grow a beard?

The average life span of a beard is 15 years, or until you get an ugly one, then 20. That’s according to Dr. Mark Pimentel, a cosmetic dermatologist at Massachusetts General Hospital. This means if you go bald, it could take you 2 years longer to grow a beard again than it would to grow a normal one.

So, how long does it take to grow a beard? It’s a tough question, because not all individuals grow up to look like a Jack White or a Colton Haynes. Like with any styling, it starts with removing the old stuff first.

“You need to check your hair regimen. If you have a very thin layer of hairs, or if your routine is too aggressive, you need to make sure you take care of that,” Pimentel said. “Regular maintenance can help.”

The biggest thing to keep in mind is the weather, he said. Beards are best grown in summer months, when the dry heat of the desert becomes your friendly neighbors, and the temperatures don’t dip below 80

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Beach Near Me

The closest pacific northwest beach near me is 10 miles from the mainland, so any visits here are sporadic. It’s not a good place to stay long-term, nor is it a good place to swim. The salt water and the so-called inlet conditions mean it’s a real minefield, too.

The beach comes in three shapes. The grassy area at the northern tip (which will hold the longest beach) was the home of Skarp Brewing in the 1990s, and it has been picked over and many buildings have disappeared. There is a large restaurant serving international food and drink. There is also an Umpire Museum (beach, 1230 Shore Ave.) and a Supercharger network terminal (beach, 12470 Shore Ave.) The new Supercharger network terminal, plus a number of hotels and restaurants, means that the beach and several of the parking lots are saturated. Plus, it’s an expensive day to go there from the mainland – it’s $11 roundtrip to the mainland from here, versus $8-$11 back to the beach from there. The island of Kauai is better, but again, your return trip will be more expensive.

Dog Beach Near Me

The closest pacific northwest dog beach near me is at Sunset Beach State Park. If you are from the the southwest they call it Runaway Bay and it is almost 40 miles away from me. I’ve never been and I didn’t want to be the first one to find out!

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The Pacific Northwest is full of dog beaches. In fact, one of my favorite stretches is the Pacific Northwest. But not all dog beaches are that close together. These two beaches should serve as a good example.

Sunset Beach State Park is just north of Seattle on the coast. People often refer to this place as “Pacenote Beach” after their favorite catfish trap. Here you can find the Tahitian wallaby, the Amur leopard seal and a variety of other marine mammals.

The beach looks pretty isolated but if you are lucky you can get an glimpse of a killer whale and a pilot whale. The Tahitian wallaby doesn’t look that common here, but the Amur leopard seal and the Pacific right whale seem to do well.

One of the nicest things about this location is that you can get nice pictures of the dead humpback whale! There are only 3 humpback whales in the North Pacific (not including Alaska, which is in the Pacific), this is a rare chance to see them in action. Another nice part of this hike is the bay. Not only is it a beautiful bay to see through from the beach, but the fog along the horizon is quite beautiful. This is also a place that reminds me of the Black Rock beach trail in Oregon.

Sunset Beach is about 2 miles from the road. There is a parking area that can accommodate vehicles up to 8 people. The main camping area, at the end of the road is about 10 yards from the shore. There are several options for getting to the beach (both parking area and road). If you park on the beach you can climb up the rocks and walk to the parking area from the back of the park. That option is a little faster but it’s kind of cramped. From the road, the trail starts at the shoreline and is marked with a blue blazer. The trail goes about a quarter mile south on the road and then curves east. It comes to a bend where the trail turns south and continues on an easy, breezy gravel road for about 5 more miles.

In an effort to provide a very detailed hike, I’ve included photos of each step along the way. I tried to keep them to one page for easier navigation. If there are any errors or missing features please let me know so I can add them. Feel free to post a comment and I’ll update as necessary.

Beach Access Near Me

The closest pacific northwest beach access near me is a mile from the parking area. If you follow the red marker you will find the break. You will have the option to walk to the sand and find more sand or to take the small ferry across to the North Shore (there is no restroom or shower facilities). A 4+ mile hike down to the beach is estimated for us hikers.

The island is believed to be part of a larger island group. It has been brought to the surface over time.

If you would like me to let you know what beach is closest for you to me… please tell me what the closest beach is in a comment. This would be useful to know if you want to visit more than one, or especially if you live near a stop.

Beach Camping Near me

beach called the Chipman’s Beach.

Just outside of the town of Flagstaff, it is just a small strip of sand that extends into a backwater. The beach extends for only a few hundred feet as it borders the land of the Little Colorado River, which just happens to be one of my favorite places on the planet.

The Little Colorado River is a super important, but short, river that meanders through northeastern Arizona, most of the year. It is not great for swimming, but is a beautiful place to enjoy an afternoon with a picnic. The Little Colorado River, when dry, is considered one of the cleanest rivers in the world.

It is formed by natural processes at the La Sal Mountains, in northeastern Arizona, as rain falls on the mountains. Instead of being water, it becomes snow. The slopes of the mountains constantly melt and release moisture, forming a drop, and the larger river that gushes down from the mountain out through the region. I guess it’s a bit like the Grand Canyon!

Every winter, the snow that falls in the La Sal Mountains is buried by snow that has fallen in the mountains to the east and released it through groundwater. So, every winter, the Little Colorado River feeds into the Little Colorado River that flows out of the Grand Canyon, and just flows over the Arkansas River to the beach.

Just a few feet of sand stretch out into the surf and on to our little campsite, overlooking the Little Colorado River.

The Little Colorado River is small, but as a storm system moves over Flagstaff, the flow into the river is huge. It is possible to go from 3-5 feet of water, to a foot and a half of water. The lagoon, which is close to the camp, also becomes 2-3 feet of water as the surge passes over the edge of the rock outcropping and down to the beach. I don’t know how long it takes the surge to reach the beach, but it can be quick.

Where Can I Find Beach bars near me

Many Beach bars are open from late October through the end of February. However, most, if not all, nightclubs are typically closed by the end of February due to winter beach weather conditions. Some bars are open for the summer but will close early in the fall. We do not list surf cafes and club bars in our search engine because they are very different from bars. If you do not know what to find, be sure to check out our Bailiwick Coffee & Tea list or the Beach Coffee & Tea list for a more comprehensive beach bar listing.

In the event you would like to rent a bar, you may see many rentals listed but we only accept cash or credit card for rentals in Bailiwick, Cayman, British Virgin Islands, Seychelles, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. If you wish to rent a bar, please call us for specific information and we will gladly offer you a tour of any available beach bar.

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Date Night Ideas

Some great date night ideas are:

Cooking at home for people you know who are vegan

Making a healthy and cheap grilled cheese or vegan taco.

Grocery shopping for people who aren’t vegan.

Baking vegan desserts.

Chocolate chip cookies

We did a whole post on vegan bake shop recipes in 2017, and this post will highlight some of our favorite vegan bake shop recipes for date night. In the 10ish years since I’ve become a vegan, I’ve eaten almost exclusively vegan food. Sometimes I even go to vegan restaurants, but that’s a situation where it feels inappropriate to include a vegan bake shop recipe. I can tell you that I’ve never seen vegan chocolate chip cookies and it was one of the reasons why I wanted to create this post.

It’s not easy to be vegan, especially when you are going out on a date night. It doesn’t really matter how well you are or how delicious your vegan dessert is if you are getting buried in food and aren’t able to take pictures. 

At home date night ideas

Some great at home date night ideas are going to involve mixing things up. In our modern, busy world, getting away to a romantic dinner in one’s own house can be a dream for many.

Among the most popular ideas involves trying out an unusual cooking dish. The older versions of this dish involved marrying a fish and a potato, but modern styles involve combining fruits, veggies and meat.

There are several ways of doing this, all making use of tomato sauce. Most recipes are vegetarian, but a few dishes are explicitly meat-free.

The suggested ingredients are only the bare minimum required to bring home a meal on the table. What do you choose instead?

Cooking Dinner

This is a no-brainer. For some dishes, you don’t really have to add any more ingredients to get a delicious dinner. Try your hand at a tomato soup with lettuce, fresh bread or raw vegan cheese. There are some vegetarian varieties that are completely free of cheese, usually you’ll need a handful of diced tomatoes in addition to the usual roasted veggies.

With season on the way, here’s a hearty recipe for some of the best date night party snacks you can make. Cold meals and snacks are a great way to use up your date night leftover. This chilli eggplant was made by combining two of my favorite healthy food item – avocado and eggplant.

The chilled guacamole recipe with a cilantro vinaigrette has an added kick and is a perfect summer treat. With three grilled cheese’s on the side, you can follow that up with another option of the grilled eggplant.

If you’re feeling fancy and want to keep the size to a minimum, you can serve these warm enchiladas with grilled cheese.

DIY Candle Making

The following DIY candle may not come with candles at all, but you can leave the candles and then a sheet or blanket to add that extra layer of decor to make your special night even more special.

I learned how to make candles from my friend Natalie, who loves to get the kids involved in craft projects. She once surprised us at a party by pulling the zipper off my cozy old coat with a candle in it. Natalie’s mother, Carol, was always into saving other people’s fingers and last night, she had no other choice than to buy two 6-inch candles. (She chose them because they are usually sold out of the same size.)

We gathered around the fire, and made Candle Bunches in the middle of our blanket, which was for sale on eBay. “We were all in love,” Carol explained.

Of course, one of our guests, Natasha, wanted to light up the bunches and had to sneak out the back to light up in a small safe with a coin at the end.

date night dinner ideas

Some great date night dinner ideas are creative slow cook-ups or dinner arrangements that do not rely on a feast day, which is perfect for a big weeknight dinner. It’s so easy to put together dinners for any date night, and to make sure your date has the most memorable meal you’re going to ever have.

Let’s take a look at some of my favorite date night dinner ideas:

The Chicken Shawarma. If you’re still dating someone you met through work, you know it can be hard to skip over the meat and the fattiness that comes with it. This recipe helps eliminate both. In the words of the kids who can’t finish it when they can eat everything, “Definitely meatless!”

This chicken shawarma recipe is simple and amazing. I love that I can create an amazing twist to the standard chicken shawarma recipe that can be eaten with everything from pita wraps to a soft rice pilaf. (If you’re looking for a dinner that falls in between all the other barbecue staples like chicken fingers, ribs, and pulled pork, I recommend trying this!)

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Furniture Repair

If you are trying to learn about furniture repair, furniture turning, cabinets turning, or half-bench operations, it might be helpful to read about the types of shop tools that are available to you.

Most furniture shops will have a variety of tools, including a piano lathe, portable drill press, portable circular saw, a router table, and others. It is a good idea to get familiar with them before you decide whether you want to learn more about them, or whether you might prefer to purchase them.

Note: Before you read any further, it is worth noting that shop tools are referred to by brand names, like Roebuck and Big M, rather than by brand names like Makita and Stanley. Although certain brands of shop tools may be comparable to others, like Dewalt and Stanley, they may not have all of the features that come standard with shop tools, so always read the reviews and descriptions before you decide what you would like to purchase.

Leather Furniture Repair

to begin your leather furniture repair and restoration experience or purchase complete leather furniture repair and restoration services. Please read below for comprehensive leather furniture installation instructions, the stages of leather furniture restoration, tips on leather furniture restoration, and more.

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Standard Setup

Interior Ease

Prepping New Leather Furniture

Pliny Thesis, Archeology, and History

How Leather Functions, and How to Use It

Hand Cleaning Leather Furniture

Raising Your Price

Yardage and Storage

Prepping The Furniture

Installation Work

From The Raw, to Finished Up

Traditional Leather Restoration

Bonded Leather Furniture Restoration

Unclaimed Leather Furniture Restoration

About us

At Joe’s Leather Service, we pride ourselves on expert craftsmanship and understanding the needs of the individual homeowner. We follow proven methodologies and instructions to keep your leather furniture looking new and new-ish.

Like many other companies, we deal with both new leather furniture that is newly purchased and has not been properly cared for, or new, used leather furniture. We work with your furniture to turn it into a working, working piece of leather furniture.

We are dedicated to the task of restoring all your leather furniture. And at Joe’s Leather Service, we bring knowledge, labor, and money together to complete the task. We are an experienced repair workshop dedicated to take a piece of our clients’ antique leather furniture that has been sitting on the shelf in its garage or basement, and turn it into a beautiful working leather furniture.

We understand that repairing and restoring is a time consuming and costly process, but we understand the importance of your leather furniture and with the technology and quality methods we have available to us, we can take your leather furniture to the next level. 

Wood Furniture Repair & Restoration

You don’t have to be a carpenter to restore and repair wood furniture. You just need the skills and time to get the job done. At Mountain Wood Custom Wood Shop, we will give you the experience to work on any style of furniture, as well as the tools to get the job done. With over 20 years of woodworking experience, our staff has the right equipment and knowledge to safely repair and restore your wood furniture.

Wood Furniture Repair & Restoration by Mountain Wood Custom Wood Shop is available for select Asian, European, and Western furniture styles. If you’re in need of a new sideboard, cabinet, or dining table, look no further than our store.

We are now accepting online orders for wood furniture repairs & restoration. Orders are accepted through our e-commerce site, or on-site in our Mountain Wood Custom Wood Shop located at 225 S. Rose St., Herndon, VA 20170. Make sure to visit our store for retail service and free wood-working instruction. If you are in the Herndon, Virginia area and need a wood shop for woodwork, then stop by our store today to learn more about our wood repair and restoration services and woodworking instruction.

Antique Furniture Repair

How much is your money worth? Find out at antique furniture repair parts. Our staff is here to assist you with any repair or replacement needs. Our company was established over 23 years ago in New Jersey, by brothers in arms Gary and Jim Jacobs, the friendly, old-school quality that we preach remains strong. We offer you our incredible selection of antique furniture parts, labor rates that are some of the best in the industry, and the commitment to excellence that you won’t find anywhere else.

The best value on the internet

We have a considerable inventory of antique furniture parts that is unparalleled in the industry.

One of the features that make us superior is our custom size ordering service. We will show you exact quantities for the part you need, and we will price the parts to your exact specifications. We will follow up on your order, over the phone or online. Need a specific part for an antique console or an antique television? No problem. Our artisan engineers will tune up your part and verify that it is your exact specifications before it gets shipped out. In fact, many times, the custom-made part will come back better than the original. Our most highly honored customers include TV shows on VH1 and The History Channel. Call today to learn how we can make your love of antique furniture systems and components your lifelong passion.

Experienced experts

Gary and Jim Jacobs are an experienced team who have given up their careers to build this company from the ground up. They have over 20 years of combined experience and years of being very hands on in the process of repairing antique furniture. Their time on the job is spent repairing expensive historic pieces such as the typewriter at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, repairing large ovens, and even restoring seats from old luxury automobiles.

Our staff are highly trained and know all of the modern systems that make restoring furniture systems so effortless. 

How To Repair Scratched Furniture

So, it’s taken an awful lot of effort to repair the piano damaged by my wife’s fingernail. When you’ve picked up the piano and removed the shavings of its stained wood surface, all you find is a few screws, one wheel, and a couple of piano keys. Forgive me, but I wanted the old piano to have its good looks.

That’s why, back in November 2013, I took a trip to my local Lowe’s and bought a pair of Ryobi XR-20s with the warranty on them. I purchased these ultra-thick, heavy-duty, geared, sawzall blades for $20 at a local outdoor store, and about two months later, they arrived at my house.

Ryurography staff who repair my computer keyboards and chairs often use these blades when repairing your old furniture. These 25-cent blades are smooth, blade-like pieces of stainless steel with a big, 12-inch handle. It’s not uncommon to buy the XR-20s because they’re built to survive, and they also take a lot of abuse from folks who toss around heavy objects on them, make holes in them, smash things in them with hammers, etc. You don’t have to worry about the blades breaking because the handles slide back and forth, giving you plenty of leverage.

Having used these blades for nearly two years now, I figured it was time to put the damaged piano back together again. The exact procedures I used are given below, with some info about “rust” and “staining.”

Rust and Staining

I started with an anti-rust spray, but I only used it about four times. It’s not necessary, but if you do have to use one, it can really improve the results of the finish treatment by inhibiting the growth of bacteria, spores, rust, and dendrites.

First, I followed the suggestions in the “Stepping-stone” article for getting the old wood straight. I just taped a piece of cardboard over the piano keys (or a piece of scrap wood, if you’re less fancy) and put the cardboard on top of it. This will let all the liquid resin drip off of the keys.