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Tour an Amazing Log Cabin

“Tour a gorgeous 7800 square foot log home in Southern Georgia. It features round handpeeled logs, big timbers, and beautiful grounds. The home was designed, manufactured and built by Strongwood Log Home Company of Georgia.”

Posted by on May 9, 2010 in Log Cabins, Video


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How to Steer and Paddle a Canoe- Using a J Stroke

Calm water, warm weather, birds chirping and it’s just you, nature and your canoe. Nothing beats a day on the lake.

If you’ve never canoed, you’d probably be surprised to learn the technique that can be involved. For example there are several types of strokes:

  • Pry Stroke
  • Sweep Stroke
  • Draw Stroke
  • Reverse J Stroke
  • J Stroke

In this video, Bruce Lessels teaches the subtle but efficient J stroke for flatwater canoeing.

J-Stroke Directions:

This is a canoe paddling technique that will allow you to keep the paddle on one side of the boat, and steer the boat with the way you finish your stroke.

Start by reaching forward and pulling water. From there, about half way through your paddling stroke, twist the paddle and finish the stroke by pushing away from the stern or rear of the canoe. When you paddle from the right hand, you will pull the boat to the left. by pushing away from the stern of the boat, it will correct the boat direction and keep it going straight. The stroke looks like a J, thus called a j stroke.


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Think Before You Teak! Caring For Your Teak Furniture

If you’re looking to purchase Teak Furniture there are a few things you need to know about Teak. Java Teak, better known as just Teak is a beautiful, dense, close-grained hardwood that is responsibly harvested from the rain forest. Teak contains high levels of resinous oils that make it naturally resistant to moisture, repellent to insects and impervious to the harsh effects of weather. One of its most unique qualities  is the silica it contains. Silica provides a sand-like component which creates a density to the wood allowing it to be resistant to fungal decay, water, rotting, warping, shrinking, and swelling, this element allows it to survive the constantly changing rain forest conditions. Teak stands in a class of its own with its superior durability, elegance and low maintenance making it a class “A” material for furniture construction, especially outdoor furniture.

Teak is the one material that gets better with age and wear. Starting fresh out of the factory with a rich honey glow teak will slowly fade into a silver-gray patina over the course of about 9-months. This change does not affect the durability or structure of the wood at all. If you prefer that fresh out of the factory look there are a couple things you can do to keep that warm honey radiance. First you will need to sand your teak furniture regularly. After you sand it you can apply Teak Oil found at any local hardware store to prolong the time between sandings. If you do apply teak oil follow the directions on the container or apply every 3 months. This maintenance does not affect the life expectancy of teak it simply affects the look. Weathered and worn teak will last for years treated or untreated. It is not recommended to stain or paint teak. Due to the oils in the wood, stain and paint will not stick correctly and stain is a permanent color that takes lots and lots of sanding to even begin to remove. Teak holds a lot of natural beauty, let it shine.

Have any more questions about caring for teak or any other type of furniture? Leave a comment below and we will find the answer.


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Camping Tips 101

This quick video lists the top items needed for camping. Some of the items are basic but the video has a few valuable tips.

Using the flashlight that straps to your head is a great tip. This allows you to keep both hands free while navigating your campsite at night.  This is also a great tip because your less likely to misplace your light if it’s attached to your head!

Please tell us your camping tips… leave a comment below.

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