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The title track from the final studio album in Simon and Garfunkel's relatively brief recording career as a team. (They released only 4 original studio albums during their original collaboration, starting with "Wednesday Morning, 3 AM" in 1964 and ending with the majestic "Bridge Over Troubled Water", which debuted in 1970.)If they had never recorded another album, if they had never recorded anything beyond this title track and "The Boxer", Simon and Garfunkel would have a put in American musical history, and would have accomplished more than 90% of the professional musical artists who have ever been. Garfunkel's soaring vocals, the complexity of the arrangement, Simon's cryptic but poetic lyric, all the elements came together to produce a modern classic that will still be in the canon of famous melody 100 years from now.
I saw Paul Simon at the first Jazz Fest after Hurricane Katrina. He performed with Irma Thomas (local singer), and Allen Touissant at the piano. It gave me goose bumps, and there wasn't a dry eye in the is song always brings me back to that moment when for one day, in the midst of all of the destruction, everything was normal.
The overused word "classic" scarcely serves to describe this near-perfect music from 70's icons Simon&Garfunkel. Of all their works together (and separately), Bridge over Troubled Water is the most likely to remain an eternal reminder of the time and genre in which it was written. But far more than that, it is one of the very best, well-constructed pieces that demonstrates the loving commitment of one individual to the welfare of another. The romantic overtones of the song only serve to enhance the beauty and strength of the emotive power that will move one person to sacrifice everything for the amazing of another. Few songs have ever been written that convey this sentiment as effectively as this 1970 piece that epitomizes both passionate and selfless love.
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1. It always includes projects of varying difficulties, which means it is useful for beginners to experts.2. It doesn't have a lot of articles but it does have enough as far as I'm n't think of much else to say. I like this woodworking magazine better than the others I've looked at. Since I can't think of any negatives then I guess I have to give it five stars.
I have fun dreaming of doing every project in the magazine. Unfortunately my imaginationcan run through these unbelievable designs much quicker that my body can. Nonethelessit gets me out into my workshop and every once and a while I actually complete one of the suggestwoodworking projects ... thus proving to my wife that I'm not just hiding out in the garage and drinking beer.
I own a local handyman service, a little wood and write a weekly DIYer article.I have fun this magazine but I also search it helpful to present my workers small things from time to time.I also use it to support come up with ideas at times for my article (I write my own content, I just obtain the subject Ideas from magazines at times).I recommend it to anyone that is into wood working or just has an interest in it.
I read this about book on a blog and was excited at the prospect of reading it. Eventually, I did [email protected]#$%! but it was more a matter of gritting my teeth rather than the pleasure I had hoped for. The first thing that bothered me was the general casual attitude and unpreparedness of the author and his companions for the trip. I found myself practically flinching from some of their life threatening decisions and situations. The fact that the trip destroyed relationships seems to sum it all up. I want I could recommend it but I can't.
Reading this book took me back to my childhood. I grew up as a missionary chilled in the DRC then Zaire in the mid to late 1980s. I was able to fully understand the challenges when it came to driving the unbelievably challenging roads. I was able to replay in my mind the villages they traveled through and the constant looking over your shoulders, people just appearing out of the forest when you stopped and the political corruption. It makes me sad having lived there grown up there and knowing the natural resource wealth the country has but all of that is untouchable due to everything from lack of education to extreme political corruption and exploitation of the people which is why they were treated the method they were through out there trip except for a few occasions. Ultimately it was an amazingly amazing book I encourage anyone wanting to know real isolation and having to innovate everyday to survive and learn who you are and who you can become in to survive to read this book.
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This is a fun book to read and pick up interesting info about common pond life. The illustrations are attractive and the text is very accessible. I especially have fun picking up crazy-but-true stories to share with kids whom I meet as a naturalist.
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There's lots of info in the book - but it doesn't engage the reader. I guess I've been spoilt by Bernd Heinrich, Wilson/Hölldobler and others (including, years ago, Konrad Lorentz) - I wish science to read like a thriller :-)
An interesting story of a tough trip where nature's indifference and human greed and maliciousness combined to show obstacles. Awesome how a lot of of the traveler's barriers were due to obstructive government officials all trying to be ever, I will say that Mike Martin seems like a bit of a cad to lure Chloe his girlfriend along, just to tell her it was all over once they'd gotten well into the jungle.
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In North America, there are over 10,000 species of insects that live at least part of their lives in the water. How did they evolve into this remarkable state of existence?Author Waldbauer attempts to provide an explanation. He covers a wide dozens of species ranging from mayflies to mosquitoes. He discusses how insects have various methods of breathing, reproduction, regulating body temperature and other means of is is a very amazing book and is written in an accessible manner.
The book is written in a series of chapters from various points of view. I liked it, it was deep, believable, and refreshingly unpredictable. The travelers provide a fascinating but authentic world, and I was touched by the cultural shock, obstacles, and the emotional depth of the book. Ask yourself, how a lot of books about the present-day Congo are there? If you wish a basic source perspective, of three travelers learning how to obtain through this vast country, look no further because Crossing the Congo is a amazing read.
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Ugh!I got this book because so a lot of people loved it. I required a book on insects that dwell in ponds -- and this book has a lot of info on them. But without a single photograph on what the monsters look like, the book is absolutely pointless.I am so disappointed in this purchase...absolutely disappointed!
I love reading adventure travel/exploration/survival books and have read a lot of them. This is one of the best I have ever read, for a number of reasons. One is that they travelled 2500 miles through the Congo, a difficult route through mostly unpaved streets and forest track. The things they had to with- poor and barely passable roads, obstructive and corrupt officials and tribal leaders, numerous car problems, health and safety issues, and in the midst of it all, a relationship ending. It's stunning that they were able to complete their voyage at all. I like how it gives the nitty-gritty info of the everyday struggles to with all these obstacles and yet somehow prevail. The book is also very nicely illustrated- not just a few pictures in the middle of the book, but images everywhere- black & white, sepia, and full glorious color. They really support you to visualize the journey and really add to the book. Search a printed copy, or if must go eBook, read it on a color tablet, not a black & white reader. This is an awesome book that I will think about for a long time.
It would have been much nicer if they could have given a brift description of each picture that they used. I really can't see what the purpose of their trip was, just too see if they could drive across the congo? What about the life of the people living their? How did they live? What about their camping experience. The only thing I got out of this book is the struggle of a lack of a street and the not good excuse of people in authority trying to steal money.
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Beginning with "Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water" in 1986, a lot of books have been written detailing different blood-boiling aspects of the gross mismanagement of the world's water resources. Most were written as polemics, and justifiably in "Every Drop for Sale", author Jeffrey Rothfeder treats the topic using more temperate language. But, given the facts, the reader's reaction is still likely to be one of outrage. It is testament to the author's skill that he is able to raise the alarm while remaining objective and clear-sighted about both progress and possible e book ranges widely over the effects of the proliferation of dams, diversions, reservoirs, irrigation projects, privatizations, and subsidizations. As Rothfeder tutorials us through Rapid Town (Iowa), the Narmada River in India, the ill-fated village of Cochabamba in Bolivia, and a lot of other water mismanagement sites, he proves to be an effective and moving chronicler. The power of his book lies in his ability to combine a huge picture view with attention to the lives of the powerless who happen to be downstream from some megalomaniac water chabamba proves to be both the most arresting and yet ironically one of the more promising of Rothfeder's accounts. Townspeople were first subjected to the loss of their major industry, tin mining. That loss of local revenue then led to the deterioration of their water distribution system. The Bolivian government tried to rescue the situation by privatizing the town's water management out to Bechtel, which promptly raised water fees. Something approaching civil battle resulted. Instead of simply bemoaning the path taken, Rothfeder sees in the eventual outcome (after destruction, arrests, and deaths, the government cancelled its with Bechtel) both a salutary object lesson and a hope that, with a newly recognized need for safeguards, privatization can in fact be a critical part of addressing the world's accelerating water validity to this optimistic outlook, the author concludes that same chapter with a look at how the Blair government turned the UK's privatization efforts, begun disastrously under Margaret Thatcher, into a successful model for the rest for the world. (He characterizes that program as one "strictly overseeing the water market, while leaving it sufficiently unrestricted that profit incentives will motivate personal corporations".) This juxtaposition of stories is characteristic of the book's effective pivot around both issues and ideas for thfeder argues that the commoditization of water and its corollary, the privatization of water management, are not only inevitable but also that they can be turned to advantage. This is debatable; but he puts forward a compelling case for his belief that both are e standard author's blurb describes Rothfeder as an author and "consulting editor". In the course of the book, he reveals that he came to his water sensitivity while touring as a rock musician. We're fortunate that his itinerary took him to Rapid City. The book is not lengthy, but feels comprehensive, well-informed, and persuasive. We need works like "Cadillac Desert" to fire our indignation at how we got into this fix, but we need "Every Drop for Sale" to remind us that all is not yet lost.
In the book “A Walk Around the Pond” the author does just that and gives the reader a tour of the insect wildlife found in and around ponds. But the text isn’t limited to solely ponds; the author uses his expertise an entomologist to describe life in all sorts of aquatic environments, such as rivers, lakes, and even water-filled tree holes. The author takes the questions one might come up with while walking around a pond, and watching dragonflies buzz and hover about or getting bit by mosquitoes and asking ‘how in the globe do these monsters exist, and what can I do to stop them’, and systematically answers them, all while delivering an informative, and dare I say, a truly enjoyable experience. The prose narrates what is known about the insects and injects them into the life of the casual observer, filling those observations with fresh life and color, otherwise unknown to the observer, without getting bogged down by hypothesis or impertinent research. And that is where the book shines; it doesn’t test to be some amazing revision or revolutionary summation of all that is known about insects, or even just aquatic insects; it is merely a fine and clear window into the lives of the little insects that might otherwise go unnoticed without someone to point these info out to the viewer. It sticks to informing, with some of the authors fascinating yet too-sparse private experiences sprinkled in for flavor. The book is organized by first briefly introducing all the orders one might encounter in a pond, and then concludes the chapter by bringing up the topic of the next, in the form of a question. For example, the first chapter, which introduces all the orders that are associated with water, concludes by stating “We will look at some of the more unusual aquatic habitats and the insects that live in them.”, both leaving the reader with an idea of what to expect, and also a cliffhanger. He also works in examples of studies and other science-derived info about the species when appropriate, and refrains from using obscure terminology the layperson may not understand. His point is to communicate, not devastate. I enjoyed the book. I found it simple enough to read that I didn’t have to constantly look up words on Wikipedia, which enabled me to focus on reading and explore, rather then stop every couple of mins to create sure I understood a concept. I also enjoyed the authors’ private recollections, such as when a larva that is reputed to be safe, despite its giant mandibles, and promptly bit the author to his surprise. The info is presented as such that each function of an insects life becomes part of a little narrative centered on these quirky characteristics, such as the insects that breathe, and hold a supply of air, in an air bubble, or how some larva have snorkels on their hind-sections to draw air. These info were both fascinating and eye-opening, even for someone such as myself who knows perhaps more about insects then the average reader, from years of digging holes and playing outside as a curious child, and collecting ants for my previous internship as a student of the sciences. I personally learned a lot more about the specificities of insect behavior and how aquatic challenges are overcome. However, there was very small in the book about ants, since there are few, if any, species of aquatic ants. The book is very well-written. I never wanted to throw it in the garbage can, like some other books I’ve suffered. The info presented is clear and precise, and not overly technical. You don’t need a degree in biology to understand it!The only possible gripe I have with the book is that it is, perhaps, a small dense. The amount of info in the book is possibly overwhelming, since the book does respond go into all aspects of an insects life. But the chapters themselves aren’t overwhelming. Although, it is not so breezy that one could [email protected]#$%! in one sitting. But that’s what chapters are for, right?The quality of the book and its accessibility are this books major strength. Anyone can read it and pull something from it to connect to their own life. As long that person lives around lakes or ponds, or has visited one at least once, and is mildly curious about biology. You don’t have to have a biology degree to obtain anything out of it, just a small curiosity about the monsters whose existence you may have taken for granted before, but will most certainly be on the lookout for during your next walk around the pond.
In 2013, two well-educated Brits, a physician, and her fiancé, a former British Troops officer with a PhD, and an Indonesian-born friend, an award-winning photographer and London kebob owner, set out on a 2,500-mile north-south crossing of the Democratic Republic of Congo, in an old 1986 Land Rover 90, which they called 9Bob (apparently from English slang "as bent as a 9 bob note," meaning something e story of their journey is mostly written by Mike Martin, and the stunning photographs that support to create the book are by Charlie Hatch-Barnwell.Exactly why the three became so determined to create this two-month journey isn't completely clear, except that they saw it as an adventure. They also wanted to "improve their French," they say (French is the official language of the DRC, a former Belgian colony, although some 250 languages are spoken in the country, which has a population of more than 80 million and is about one-fourth the size of the continental U.S.) Martin and his fiancée, Chloe Baker already had driven some 20,000 miles in Africa and elsewhere, though Senegal, Mauritania, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Cote d'Ivoire. They then recruit Charlie, an old mate and international travel friend of Mike's, to join them for the DRC part of the trip.What they found, and essentially what the book recounts, is a country with incredibly poor roads, corrupt officials, extreme poverty and a population that, in part due to the effects of its colonial past, to latest civil and guerrilla wars, was for the most part inhospitable (though it was only through the kindnesses of a number of people that they were able to complete the journey.)The journey also was a psychological as well as physical and mechanical test. Mike and Chloe break up during the trip, and at times their friendships unravel. More than anything, though, the success traversing of the DRG is a tribute to the ingenuity of the three travelers and to the engineering of the old English-built Land Rover. The three travelers were amazingly creative in building bridges and rafts to cross rivers and in making their method on streets that defy belief, often with pot holes deep enough to swallow a truck or with muddy ruts so high the Land Rover would fall over on its side.I have driven some poor streets in Central America, but none even start to compare with what Martin, Baker and Hatch-Barnwell faced almost daily. The also were geniuses at finding parts and cobbling together repairs to the Land Rover 90. None of the three was particularly mechanically inclined. They learned how to repair the Land Rover by reading manuals and by just figuring things though this is a real adventure story and a travelogue of a kind, it is not one that will create you wish to travel to this part of Africa. Local people constantly test to charge the travelers 10 times the fair value of meal and parts. The travelers have to be on constant guard versus theft. Anytime they stop, crowds appear out of the jungle and persistently beg them for everything they are carrying. Even the missionaries in the Congo test to rip them off, once demanding $500 to spend the night at a mission (the travelers end bargaining the down to $30). The adventurers are constantly ill from tropical diseases and the water, bitten or stung by insects and fearful of attacks by rebels or by illegal blood diamond and other miners.. Everyone is suspicious of them, partly because -- they search out too late -- that in referring to themselves "tourists" in the local French a tourist is "conservationist" -- someone in the DRG to exploit the local people and the country's resources.If there's a character in the book, though, it has to be 9Bob. The diesel Land Rover 90, broken down by so a lot of miles through impossible terrain, keeps plugging through locations where other cars could never go, and somehow, miraculously, a fix is always found for the a lot of broken springs, steering boxes, axles and can only admire the three adventures and the Land Rover for making it through the Congo.
Could have used a small tighter editing. Got repetitive at times. Travelog about traveling through the Congo on minimal funds and minimal knowledge. Not the best idea. But now, when I read about someone putting up with hassles with bureaucracy in Congo I can better understand what they're up against, And gives one an understanding about the primitive nature of the country once you obtain away from the huge cities.
This book just presents 5 elements and relationships and is amazing for someone like Mom or Grandma or youngsters who have zero concept of 5 elements. Or even the typical "(western) feng shui enthusiast" who thinks it has anything to do with decorating and organizing and such nonsense. It is very simple reading and understanding. It is definitely not a reference and not worthy of an adult teaching curriculum. This book is just helping to present people how to think in 5 elemental relationships, and is beautiful long considering that is all that it is doing. I read this book a few months ago while visiting the US, but I recall a lot of times reading statements that went versus fundamentals learned in hong kong, taiwan, and japan (dont trust anything in mainland china after Yale-man Mao's proxy communist reprogram/ westernization, remember all tradition was best preserved by USA's KMT in Taiwan), and definitely dont trust the specific examples and relations given in the book. Just use it as beginner to learn relationships and how to think about it.
Pros: Her symbolic approach allows the intricacies of TCM more easily available to the general public. I enjoyed how she wove the symbolism of ancient cultures, psychology, alchemy, and nature into the broad picture of TCM. Making the Five Elements come alive and be accessible is not an simple feat in my experience. Nicely done, Ms Reischstein. My only negative comment would be it was a bit too " Joseph Campbell" for my taste.
I love this book. Every part of it that I read is full of insight on chinese elemental, feung shui, qi gong and other different principals. She pertains all of these principals to the human body and internal organs in a method that is easy and well informative. Chinese medicine Is kind of like making nature poetry out of human anatomy in a method that works. I love it!
This book was written wonderfully! Amazing for anybody wanting to learn more about Chinese Medicine, especially for beginners. The info is presented clearly and in an interesting manner. As a massage therapist I have gone back to this book to respond any curious questions I may have. Very good!
This book is a really unbelievable source for those newer to the teaching of TCM and wanting to learn more. It is really accessible to the western mind that may not be familiar with the primary concepts of qi and the five element theory.
I just finished this book and I must say it has truly motivated me to create changes, some little but a lot of LARGE! Gail has successfully tied together seemingly unrelated locations of life that actually co-exist and concisely described how they affect each other. This knowledge has already prompted me to modify how I approach my business, projects, home, family and yes, self.I highly recommend this book for anyone, especially those desiring to create purposeful and constructive changes in their lives.
Book arrived with some meal type substance smeared on front and back cover. Spine of book looks like it may have had a run in with a dog. A business card was inside, looked like it had been used as a book mark. A easy wipe down and sweep through of stuff in the book would have gone a long method to improve the “used” quality of this book.
This seems like an perfect book on finishing wood, but being a relative newcomer to this topic, I felt like this book lacked enough detail on precisely when you should use each technique or each combination of techniques that he covers. I also would like to have seen more detailed, step-by-step instructions to tutorial absolute beginners in making logical finish choices, as well as which finish combinations work best in example situations, and how to apply those finishes best. After reading the book three times, I feel like my understanding of those sorts of info is still lacking. In other words, I don't think I have enough understanding to create the correct choices for each finishing situation. I feel like I would be mostly guessing what I should use. That's why I took one star r example, there is a table outlining the potential benefits of each finish type which seems to present that shellac has perfect attributes in nearly every desirable category except for complete wood protection, It is also non-toxic and has no risky fumes. For an indoor object which is mostly decorative and rarely handled, it sounds like shellac would be the best finish for me to use, particularly with my perpetual sinus problems. Yet, he seems to go into more detail about using every finish except shellac in this book. In fact, I'm still not clear on whether shellac would be best used in the tinting process or the protection process, much less how to contain it in a finishing is another example of what I mean by lack of detail for beginners. In several parts of the book, he seems to say that tinting the wood is a separate step from applying a protective finish, but I didn't see examples of which tinting methods work best with each protection method. In fact, a couple of passages of the book seem to say that you do a sealing pass before tinting or the final protective finish. In the rest of the book, this sealing process is omitted. I must admit, this confused me even more. I would like to have seen beginner-level instructions for choosing and then applying each of the combinations as well as a single, definitive list depicting the chronological order. I don't know whether I'm supposed to seal, then tint, then protect the finish or tint first, then seal, then protect. Perhaps I'm only supposed to seal in very specific situations. Maybe protecting the finish is the same thing as sealing. I'm just not sure.Overall, I feel like my theoretical knowledge base of general info about wood finishing has expanded greatly. But from a purely-practical beginners viewpoint, I still don't know what I'm supposed to do. I want there were more detailed step-by-step instructions with images showing the precise steps and sequence for applying each finish combination on a scrap piece of wood for beginners. Basically, I'm talking about sample projects related to those found in other tutorial-type works where the "how and why" are clearly demonstrated. Giving a link to matching guide videos online would be even better.I still feel like this is a amazing book to have, but it may not be enough for absolute beginners.
This is probably one of the best books out there on the e author does go into more detail on some things than I need, but if I ever need it, it is there and simple to read and follow. There were things that I have been taught when it comes to finishing, that I never knew were incorrect. I love to refinish, and there is plenty of information on that subject as well. This book will support you learn, relearn, or unlearn what you need to know, what you can't remember, and what you thought you knew to be ere is a wealth of info in this book and it is definitely a -must have-!!! The pictures are unbelievable and the nice hard cover will hopefully create it latest in my library. The only thing that this does not really cover is painting...but if you wish that, I am sure you can search a full book on that topic alone.I can't recommend this book enough! I suggest it to my woodworking mates and anyone I come across, asking questions about the topic.
I was getting ready to place the final finish on a High End Project and I had a few concerns, I saw this book listed on Amazon, I've been Custom Woodworking for 30+ years and I was a Customer Service Representative for a well known coatings company for a lot of years for the offshore and marine industry- I started applying coatings to aircraft when I was 20 (now at 59 I still am learning) it helped me clear-up a few questionable locations on my project. This is a very informative book, it covers all facets of Wood Finishing and most of the small known facts about foreign species. I will add that I may do some things different, this book is a amazing addition to my woodworking library
Don't think of this as a how-to manual for slapping on finish and being done. But rather a text book diving into the main types of finish, the chemistry of how the dry, or cure, and proper techniques of application. Bob Flexner really knows his stuff, and lays everything out in an organized format. Like I said, this book is laid out the same method as a college text book would be, as I'm sure woodworking schools use this in their curriculum. I've read most of it, reading and re reading the chapters that pertain to my purposes, while skimming over others, like the more advanced color techniques. He spends a amazing of time with the how and why finishes differ; their chemistry, their history, and the myths surounding them, which in the globe of finishes, I though was very helpful (he says that a lot of manufacturers are diliberatly ambiguous). Also for the less literate, ders whots of pictors :). All in all, a very useful reference to have
Awesome book! Comprehensive learning & reference manual about every kind of conceivable finish, for the average dummy who has no clue about how it's actually done! In the age of the internet & fast quick information, this book is still a required information catalog every wood craftsman should have! I really appreciate the images and detailed everything finish-topic-wise...understanding the sciences behind wood-species to the history behind the techniques of wood finishing, very impressive read.
Dont obtain the Kindle ver until they modernize it. The pictures dont coincide with the captions and its impossible to follow it. As far as the book content, Flexner delivers amazing info in a manner thats simple to follow and understand. I had hoped this newer edition had more info to delve a small deeper into finishing, but it really only covers the basics. For a beginner, this is a amazing book to begin with.
I'm fresh to the trade. This book on wood finishing has taught me a ton of stuff. For example, I now know that a stain does not protect the wood like a finish (like a clear polyurethane) does...stain is various then a finish. I also learned that I will stay away from lacquer because of it's fumes. I've learned what wood conditioning is, and that if you wish the ends of the board to come out the same as the face when it comes to staining (the ends of the boards naturally absorbs more stain then the face) to sand the ends.I have also learned neat items like stains have 4 qualities: colorant (pigment or dye), amount of colorant to liquid ratio, binder (oil, varnish, lacquer or water base), and thickness. I have a much better understanding of the various kinds of finishes, that water based doesn't latest as long as oil the book the author states there is various between a varnish and polyurethane and lacquer. From what other people in the trade have been telling me lately varnish is not a really various finish then say polyurethane. Varnish is now used as a general term to mean any kind of e book has extremely useful charts. My favorite chart is what makes a stain such as binder, solvent/thinner and so on. It covers other things like advanced coloring techniques, finishing the finish, an entire chapter that covers how to finish various woods, and how to repair damaged wood.Overall an perfect book that has given me the confidence to 1/2 method know what I am doing when it comes to wood finishing. Experience and experimenting will teach me even more.
My previous written review was eradicated by this web website when I added a picture, so I will hold this short. I recommend this book for the depth he presents in his topics, but not for beginners. Instead I suggest his 101 book. I bought both. The Kindle ver seems to be exactly the same as the hard copy, but there are amazing reasons to have a paperback ver to use in the b has done extensive work in providing photographs showing comparisons of treated wood along with his perfect text. He has LOADS of pictures to facilitate understanding. Those led me to create a lot of tests in my own domain of projects.I have one criticism, not mentioned by others. Finishing is a very complex subject and for those really interested in the details, I recommend multiple readings. HOWEVER, I suggest he provide a table that summarizes compatibilities or non-compatible layering of chemicals. I used Varathane wood conditioner and didn't realize that it is incompatible, generally with anything else other than another polyurethane finish on top. Also, he doesn't with the subject of off-gas from polyurethane and how it affects the use of other finishes such as epoxy. (project shown in the picture, but not illustrating off-gas).Otherwise I recommend both of his books.
Just received this book yesterday and have not had time to read with compehension the entire work. However, two immediate impressions. Or, comments. 1) not sure why, perhaps I haven't read it well enough yet, but there is very, very small focus, or info on making and using scrapers as part of the finishing process! I am just now learning about this very useful technique and would have found much more detailed info about this entire process very useful. Simply not there. It is mentioned in numerous places, but nothing about how-to. 2) The author spends a large amount of material denigrating, justifying, and expressing a focused "de-bunking" of 'myths' surrounding oil-based finishes. Seems to have a very negative view of that procedure. I found much of this at least questionable as I've been using the process almost exclusively for 30 years with no failures that I am aware of. His research is admirable, and undeniably detailed and painstakingly documented, so it may just be a preference or style-based objection. Also, to acknowledge the information, and opinion he offers, none of my projects are 'outdoor' or subjected to harsh environmental conditions. Only indoor, protected. But have served well, with no complaints. Personally, I prefer the soft, delicate sheen and natural warmth, the possible polish available with oil-based, waxed, finishes, to any painted surfaces. Unless it's a severe-use, or outdoor surface, such as at said, the book is a miracle of extraordinary research, detailed reportage and documentation. There are hundreds of charts and photographic details. The data regarding a huge range of wood species, and conditions, and suggested finishing processes for each is helpul. I would see the book as a "pick and choose" compendium of finishing procedures, something like you might use an encyclopedia. Pick and choose what you need. Not all, by any means, of the inormation will be used by all readers/woodworkers. The book should address a very wide range of reader/woodworker skills and opinions. The book is already in my reference/manuals cubby in my Am sure will be referring to it a lot of times in future.
I read Bob's "Wood Finishing 101: The Step-by-Step Guide" first to obtain an general idea of finishing. It was a amazing primer for a beginner like me. This book "Understanding Wood Finishing: How to Select and Apply the Right Finish" goes into a whole lot more detail on the various types of stains, finishes, etc for woodworking projects. He info the pros and cons for each type. He goes into detail about each app procedure. He shows how to create your own finishes or how to adapt commercial products to what you wish in a finish. I never knew there were so a lot of types of stains or finishes and ways to apply them on various types of wood. Must read.
We ordered these for my daughters 10th birthday party. The theme was a spa day. We used them and allow the girls soak there feet. After I rinsed them and mistakely sent each girl home with there foot tub and beads. A few days later, I go in mu daughters room to see how they are drying out. I place my hand in them to examine and they had barely shrank any but the poor smell that was in my hand was horrible. I immediately called parents and had them check and all 12 other girls parents reported the same. I will never ever again. I was very embarrassed to even have to call the parents. If i could give it a negative rating, I would have. The children did love them temporarily.
These water beads were a lot of fun for my 5 & 3 year old to play with. I was surprised how much bigger they got than what they started out at. I do think that the longer you leave them in the water they break a lot easier, I soaked them in the water just like they said for the amount of time they said then I took them out and allow them dry. Then my girls took them outside to play in their water sensory table and unfortunately a lot of the water beads kept breaking so I'm not sure if it was because they had just been in the water to long? Either method my girls had fun with them!
My fresh flock of geese & I are studying up on pond websites & options (see pic). This book presents a amazing overview of all the items you need to think about before plunging in to a pond project.
the book di go over the basics of making ponds and water falls .on some of the types it showed you the basics and how to obtain started , it's a amazing book to give you ideas But if you have your mindset on a paticuler type I would suggest getting a book on the type of pond you are going to build a liner,cement .ect.
These are my absolute favorite!! I clean everything with these wipes. They are so sturdy. From my makeup, car, surfaces and to the kids, your finger doesn't pop thru them! You literally need one to two wipes to do the job. Love the modern patterns they have as well.
We bought these in a pinch when we couldn't search baby wipes anywhere. We usually use Huggies natural care wipes since our children have sensitive skin. But when we started using the Honest wipes we said we would never another brand again. We LOVE Honest wipes. They are so durable and and they don't tear like other brands. Highly recommend these wipes.
The honest company wipes are plant-based and hypoallergenic. They’re fragrance and created without alcohol and other ingredients that might irritate sensitive skin.What I liked most about these wipes is how they’ve held up over the past month. I have a package in the car, several around the house and even one enclosed in a plastic zip closure bag that’s stuffed in my gym bag. Most wipes dry out in the vehicle after a couple of weeks whether you use them or not. In fact, I threw away two packs that I’d stuffed in their previously because the were bone dry. These are still wet and handle any mishap that may occur while in transit. Around the house they keep up to wiping off all shapes and sizes of toys without ripping apart as may others have done in the past. In addition to taking care of several sticky fingers situations with my niece who has Eczema, I loaded a package for use at the gym because I have sensitive skin and have to shave my head and face 2-3 times a week. These wipes don’t irritate my head or face and they don’t complicate my niece’s skin condition either.What I liked least about these wipes was their price. These wipes cost more than a lot of related products on the market. They also leave a fair amount of lint behind.Overall, you can search wipes everywhere because they’re useful practically everywhere. The honest company wipes are amazing for those who have sensitive skin and don’t seem to complicate my niece’s eczema. They haven’t dried out in my vehicle despite enduring the same temperature fluctuations that have rendered several packs of cheaper wipes useless and they’re thick enough to handle a dozens of jobs. You’ll have to a premium for these wipes and they can leave lint behind but they’re probably among the best wipes on the shop and they aren’t likely to dry out before you obtain to use them.
So I gave it a 4 star, here’s why. The box includes 576 total wipes, there’s 8 packages of resealable wipes (each pack include 72 wipes) In each box. However, the box can definitely keep 9 packages as you can see in one of the pic. Makes you feel like the box is missing a pack upon opening it. That’s a poor presentation in my opinion, hence 4 star for e resealable lid works great, the wipes are decent thickness (not as thick as Huggies or Huggies organic), and soap when I was using it. It’s definitely amazing for the intended purpose of using it for body wipes/ baby wipes. However I also use wipes to clean my white shoes and white rubber sole as well as oily hands and is wipes does a decent job at cleaning white shoes and white rubber soles, but compare to Huggies (including Huggies organic) the Huggies does a better job at cleaning the shoes . I haven’t use this wipes to clean motor oil or stains on clothes yet. So not I’m sure how well that works compare to Huggies. I will give an modernize on that once I obtain a possibility to use it for those ere is really no scent to this, which is amazing if you don’t wish any sort of perfume or scent. I like that about this wipes.Overall these are amazing wipes for what it’s design for, but if you plan on using it for cleaning shoes, I would stick to Huggies.
I luv this product. They are quite a bit thicker than the ones I local. So u don’t use as much in the long run.I carry some in my vehicle for sticky hands, or after a fast bite. Or after pumping gas.
Product was well packaged and arrived in very amazing condition. I followed the directions of 1teaspoon to 5 cups of water (I created it in a 2qt drink pitcher so I could pour out excess water easily after 6 hours). This was the result-nice colors, balls were a amazing size and sturdy. I’m using these with a high school youth group in a sensory station and I am confident they will work perfectly.
In anticipation of building a pond in my yard, I borrowed all the pond books from the local library. This was the best of the lot, so I purchased it. It really has just about everything you need to know about installing ponds and I hold referring back to it when I have a fresh question. I will hold it handy.
I wish to place in a 15x30' pond. This book was only a small helpful. It did not cover well how to line a huge pond, pumps required, power of pumps to lift water a long distance or up hill. I had a lot of questions and the book answered very few. Would I the book again. Likely yes. I have not found anything better and it did support me some with my planning...mostly it became clear how much I do not know and will have to search out from other sources.
Lots of topics from construction, livestock and maintenance. Terrific pictures and source references this book is a amazing in itself or as a jumping off platform for further study.
True talk: I don't have kids, but I love the wipes. I like the packaging (totally leave it on your counter) and you can use them for everything. I wipe my counters, I use it on my face and hands, I have even used them on my dog's feet. They don't have a scent, so if you wanted scented wipes, these are not for you, but I am scent-sensitive, so I love these. The ingredients are also A-Plus (no worries about harsh chemicals).
I've been using Huggies Natural Care wipes, but they've been out of stock so we tried these. I like the textured aspect of the wipe, seems intelligent for maximum pick-up. But either the material or the liquid ingredients or both create using this wipe difficult. It doesn't glide across skin smoothly, and I wonder if it hurts or is uncomfortable for my son. He has never exactly like #2 diaper changes but this might be making it worse. Disappointed and will be switching back to Huggies when we can.