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What is a Zipline Adventure?

zip lineZip lines are sprouting as fast as foliage in the tree canopies you’ll slide through during a zipline adventure. Once, considered an exotic way to view nature from above, now days, you can find a zipline adventure (sometimes called a “canopy tour”) in dozens of places around North America, the Caribbean, Hawaii, Peru, New Zealand and many other countries. Click on any of the links below to learn more about specific zipline and canopy tours. In many locations, zipline tours are offered year-round.
Zipline adventures let you soar from tree to tree in rain forests, across canyons and through a variety of landscapes, giving you a bird’s-eye view of the world surrounding you. Imagine flying high, wrapped in a body harness (picture a massive diaper) that’s clipped to a steel line strung through a canopy of trees. As you fly along, you may see monkeys and birds in the trees or a chasm below you, depending upon where you are taking your zipline adventure. On many of these zipline tours you reach the ziplines by climbing stairs or ladders to platforms high in a tree. On other canopy and zipline adventures you’ll also walk across bridges strung between trees.
Skyline was voted Hawaii Eco-Tour Operator of the Year 2004 by the Hawaii Eco-Tourism Association, reaffirming our direction and vision for creating a business that can serve our island as well as our customers. Beyond conservation, Skyline is committed to developing an extremely safe and well-researched zipline tour industry. To this end we regularly redesign equipment and safety test our equipment and course. What we learn is then applied on our tour, to ensure maximal comfort and safety for our guests.“Zip lines “
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Collection of Old Guns and Photography by: Tom Husnik

There are people who have this hobby of collecting antiques. Antique collection could prove one of the most expensive hobbies even more that of maintaining exuberant golf courses for gold players.

The antiques are pieces of art from earlier period and are priceless and that’s why they at times price more than anyone could ever imagine. There could be a wide variety of antique items that could attract the antique collectors. Stamps; furniture; jewelry; cars; paintings; statutes & sculptures the list is endless. Guns and magnificent piece of photography is no different attraction for such antique collectors.

Antique Collection Of Old Guns

The antique gun collection is becoming popular day by day. Gun being the boy toy attract lot of men. Gun is a symbol of pride and power. Especially when it is an antique gun it adds to the status and standard of the antique gun possessor as well. Not only because of the – power, pride and status that these guns brings, the trill associated with them because of them belong to some great legend from the past makes the entire concept even more exciting.

If you practice collecting antique guns or are interested in it, the best source of information about adding more to your collection would be subscribing to the magazines that are available in the market, providing indispensable information about these antique rare pieces. If you are new in the field, to be on the safer side spend more time on researching and collecting information and start with relatively small and less expensive antique guns. The best source for information and purchase of such antiques are the Gun Shows that are organized by big antique gun organizations e.g. NRA.

Antique Collection of Photography

Photographs is no different when it comes to adding to an antique collector’s collection. The antique collections of photographs would have pictures from a very old specific era from – representing a country’s cultures or history. The collection might include beautiful pieces of photography by some well known photographers like – Strand, Paul; Modotti, Tina; Hine, Lewis; Levitt, Helen and many more the list is endless. Or would have beautiful images captured of a very early period, highlighting the culture and trends of that time.

The black and white photo adds to the beauty of such photographs. Such collectors of photographers usually are interested not only in the antique photographs but also have shown explicit inters t in Vintage Photography; Photography from the Civil War and Old Photographs. There are various websites available from where these antiques photographs could be purchased. Though these photographs are priceless – there usually start from as less as $100 without any upper limit to its cost.

There are number of photo collections available which provides with a whole collection of the series including the negatives of the photos. The list of collections is endless however some of them are –Coloradoan Collection, Hancock Collection, Historical Collection, Map Collection, Miller Collection, Slide Collection, and Triangle Collection.

Candle Holders Made Out Of Tin Cans

The tin can has been around for years, providing many different projects to be made from tin cans. They are one of the most versatile mediums for crafts, besides wood and foam. Best part about them, they are cheap. Tin cans can be used to make all kinds of candle holders, providing a unique touch to your home or garden. In this article, we will share some ideas on how to make interesting and unique candle holders out of tin cans.
There are two primary size tin cans, soup cans and coffee cans. Both offer a wide variety of different craft ideas. Tin cans can be cut, punched, painted, weathered and modified in multiple ways. They can be set on top of a table or hung out in the garden.
Let’s start with the basics. Most people will decide to punch holes into the can, which is the easiest. However you can use any type of cutting tools. A drill is handy, but even better is a Dermal tool. But for those who will be using a hammer or even a drill, let’s start there. Before you start anything, fill the can with water and freeze it. This will allow you to punch holes easier, without bending the can.
It always helps to have some kind of plan or design in your head or on paper. In fact drawing the design out on paper allows you to modify it and then tape it around the tin can as a template. Think about whether or not you may want to paint the tin can or weather proof it for outside garden use.
One example of a design is a simple western motif. Download of a silhouette graphic of a dog howling at the moon. With the Dermal tool cut out the scene on the tin can. After painting it black and punching two holes at the top, you can hang it in a garden. Simpler designs would include punch out designs such as creating a bunch of tiny holes to create a night sky effect. Patterns also look great.
Once you have cut out a design, painting time can finish the look of your candle holder. Allot of times I’ll choose black, because the light will shine through better at night or in a dim room. A light blue and white to match your kitchen décor will add a unique touch. You can add almost any type of embellishing to the can, such as colored stones or ribbon.
For those of you who want a more elaborate candle holder, try the larger coffee cans. They provide a larger area to work with. One idea for the larger cans is to cut wholes about half inch in diameter and attach pieces of stained or any colored glass on the inside of the can. You could create an entire stained glass tin can candle holder. The larger cans are also great for outdoors. Their large base is perfect for decks and walk ways, as they will not tip over easily.
By cutting slits down the sides of cans you can bend the edges downward, creating nice flared outlook. Just remember to file down the edges, they will be sharp. For an added flare, twist the ends with a pair of pliers. There is a lot you can do with this method and even adding other cut out pieces to the cans. You could create angled top for the can, just like a lantern.
With a little bit of imagination and paint, you can turn any tin can into something worth putting on a table or mantle. So experiment and have fun. Don’t worry about messing up; I’m sure you have plenty of cans lying around.
Candle Decorating Tips
You’ll find great tips on decorating your house in this section
Tip 1.
Varying heights of multiple candles is a great way to fill space. By adding different size pillars or even putting some on candle stands can create a dynamic feel to a space. Just like a mountain is sometimes better to look at than a round hill. There is more to see.

Tip 2.
Mirrors is a simple and effective way to enhance your candles. Using mirrors as a base or behind a candle will throw off more light. Crystal shaped glass or containers are also a great idea for showing off more light in a more interesting way.

Tip 3.
Combine scents. Some scents will go great together. My favorite is to mix Apple with Sugar Cookie. It smells like apple crisp. Experiment, and you may find a wonderful scent.

Tip 4.
Decorative glass candle holders. During the holiday season we like to dress our table up a little. Try putting some berries or nuts in a couple of wine glasses and then putting a Tea Light in the center of the nuts or berries. These will create a nice center piece or table decoration.

Tip 5.
Color is a great way to mix it up. Having several color pillar candles of different heights will add eye candy. For the Fall seasons try using browns reds and yellows. Just think of fall leaves.

Tip 6.
Use candles as Art. Candles are being used more frequently as a art design. For example you could place a colored square of paper or glass on the fireplace mantel. Then you would put some pillars of different sizes in front of the square. Depending on the colors you choose. The candles will look as though they are framed and highlighted. Colors can really bring out the fireplace and candles.
http://www.stopburningtimeandmoney.com/sppjv_29.htm

All You Need To Know About Skydiving by: Andrew Caxton

The Basics For Beginners

First and foremost, you may want to find a truly and reliable skydiving school. It can be a good idea to ask for a good reputation one.This is a quite easy task to do. The best places to start seeking on them are local airports, internet and phone books. Since skydiving is one of the more expensive sports to learn, you must decide how you want to learn and then you to check your pocket book.

There are three methods of training:

Tandem

Static line

Accelerated Free Fall (AFF).

All of these methods have their benefits and drawbacks, but we will touch more on those a little later.

What to do First? Safety and Heath tips.

The first thing to do is to consider health and safety.Know the risks involved before you get involved.Skydiving is not chess; you will not be sitting on an uncomfortable concrete bench moving your pieces around a game board.You are going to step out of an airplane and, in freefall, will reach speeds of up to 250 feet per second… that is 110 miles per hour!!If you have a bad ticker, unregulated high blood pressure, or any number of other health problems, speak to an instructor and discuss your options in detail.Also keep in mind, even the best of the best in this sport sometimes hit the ground a little harder then they intend to.So, bad knees may also be a consideration.DO NOT be afraid or embarrassed to discuss these things with your instructor before making that first jump. It is always preferable to hit the ground safely then to plant yourself in it.Truthfully though, with the proper preparations and instruction you would be more likely to develop cataracts from reading t!

his article then suffer a serious injury from skydiving.Listen to your instructors, know your equipment, and never assume you know how to do something just because you saw it in a movie.

Training Methods. Which Training Method To Use?

As I researched information, I discovered that there are three approved methods of training to become a licensed skydiver, the Tandem jump, the Static jump, and the Accelerated Free Fall (AFF).

Tandem

The tandem jump is the easiest and quickest method to get into the air.With ground training typically lasting about 30 minutes, you will then jump out of an airplane while strapped to the chest of a professional Tandem Instructor.After three or four of these jumps and completion of the approved First Jump Course (ground school), a student may then move on to the next level.

Tandem jumping, however, does provide an opportunity for the adventurous spirit who may not quite meet the physical or proficiency requirements for the static line or accelerated free fall jumps. By relying on tandem instructor’s skills, it may still be possible to experience the extreme thrill of skydiving.

Static Line

Static line skydiving was developed by the military as a safety measure for paratroopers.It is used for instant and reliable deployment of parachutes at a relatively low altitude, about 2000 – 3000 feet.Basically what happens is a specially designed cord is attached to the plane and to your parachute.As you step away from the plane, the cord immediately deploys your parachute for you. No fuss – no muss. After about two of these jumps the student begins demonstrating mock-pulls of a dummy ripcord.After about three of these jumps the student is then ready for their first free fall.

Accelerated Free Fall

This is the way to go for the adrenalin junky out there.Why?You get to free fall from jump one!!Of course this method is a little more expensive due to the fact that you will have two instructors jumping with you, and, although you will be in free fall, the instructors will maintain hands-on contact at all times during free fall.After a few jumps like this, you will begin doing it on your own with a single instructor giving more advice and training.This method will get you your class a license a little faster.

When my first jump is completed? What to do after the first class

After you have completed 4 to 5 hours of ground school training and have made 25 jumps, you are qualified for a license and can keep going all the way to your D license, requiring 500 jumps.But once you have your license, are you really done?The answer to that question is no.As with any skill, you never learn everything.There is always going to be that next skill level to work towards.New equipment and techniques are being developed every day.So the only thing left to do now is to get started!Have fun and good jumping!

About The Author

Andrew Caxton is the webmaster and publisher of http://www.skydiving-parachuting-guide.com. Andrew used to publish interesting skydiving equipment articles, and powered parachutes. Reach further information at Andrew’s online skydiving magazine.

Antiques – The Modern Day Treasure Hunt by: Tom Lange

In today’s world, everything that’s old can be described as antiques and generally speaking that’s quite true. A product is considered to be an antique if it is over a hundred years old or is rare enough to have some value. In other words, these are old items that are in limited supply.

An antique is something collectible. It may be a piece of antique furniture that you want to collect to enhance the look of a room, or a piece of antique pottery to decorate a corner cupboard, or some antique books, antique camera and photographs, antique jewelry, antique money, antique car, antique clocks, or antique watches that you want to hand down to your grandchildren but the items must be rare enough to be considered an antique. The others are just secondhand goods junk. Most people have a common misconception about an antique: the older they look, the more antique they must be. Appearance has nothing to do with it, just because a piece looks like it came out of grandma’s attic does not necessarily mean that it’s an antique. The value of an antique is based on demand due to suitability and limited supply.

Most people become fascinated in an antique for two reasons; either they have an interest in collecting antique purely for personal enjoyment and are willing to shell out money for antique restoration or they inherited it from a family member. The most common are antique pottery, antique car, antique furniture, antique books, antique camera and photographs, antique clocks, antique money, antique jewelry and antique watches. However they came about it, everyone wants to be sure of one thing that what they buy or inherit will escalate in value as time goes by. That is what antique collection is all about.

There are two main principles that apply when collecting an antique: The first is to know everything that you can about the antique that interests you and second is to obtain them at the lowest possible price. Doing so will not only give you satisfaction and enjoyment, but at the same time you will also be assured that your investment will appreciate in value.

Some people only developed an interest in antique because they inherited an item or a whole house full of antique from a relative. The dollar signs started to appear and they began their hunt for some antique appraisals and antique auction. But what most failed to consider is that much of what Great Grandmother had is probably just junk, unless she was a seasoned collector who’s into antique restoration or an expert in antique appraisals.

It’s true that people could have bought a piece of furniture to decorate their home a long time ago and that furniture, if it were of fine quality, would now be worth something. But only a professional appraiser can guarantee that, and appraising costs about $100-150 an hour. So if you are keen on bringing you item in an antique auction and contemplating about asking someone how much an item is worth, be prepared to shell out a few bucks for the information. Appraisers charge so much because they shoulder the lion’s share for insurance companies and lawyers settling estates. Although appraising is not an exact science, it still requires an appraiser to do lots of research and then prepare a detailed report that’s acceptable in a court of law.

About The Author

Tom Lange

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Make the Perfect Port Wine By Tom Husnik

I had a friend in high school whose life’s goal was to move to France, don a beret, stomp on grapes, and make wine for a living. Though I tried to tell him that there was more to wine-making than purple feet, he ignored me and dreamt of grapes anyway. Though I did not share his winemaking aspirations and decided instead to dream of something much more realistic, like winning the lottery he did get me thinking about the process, and he got me thirsty for knowledge. This eventually led me to discover different types of wine require different recipes, with one of the most complex belonging to Port.

Prior to actually reading about making Port, I was under the impression that all it involved was people stepping on grapes in bare feet. Because of this, I often worried that I would be drinking Tinta Barroca, and find floating in my glass a human toenail or perhaps a foot corn. But, in truth, port-making is a lengthy, complicated process.

Port wine, also known as Vinho do Porto, Porto, or Porto wine, is a fortified wine that comes from the Douro Valley in the northern lands of Portugal. Produced in Portugal since the mid 15th Century, Port gained popularity in England after the Methuen Treaty of 1703. While this treaty did war-related things reserved for history books, in regards to wine it caused England to become an adopted family for Port, with Portugal being the biological parents.

There is no easy way to make Port: no kind comes in a packet with “just add water” instructions. Instead, the process initially involves picking grapes, smashing them, and then placing them in an automated tank where they are further chopped into tiny pieces. After remaining in this tank for nearly twenty-four hours, the grapes begin to ferment and their sugar climbs the food chain, turning into alcohol.

With Port wine, after fermentation begins, timing takes over. Once half of the grape’s sugar has been converted, fermentation must be stopped. In order to do this, the wine is mixed with clear brandy (a strong alcoholic spirit distilled from wine) containing a proof of 150. The alcohol in the brandy kills the yeast in the wine, causing fermentation to cease. The ending result is a sweet wine that is about 20 percent alcohol. It is typically served with desserts, cheese, and, of course, desserts made of cheese.

Though there are many styles of Port – White Port, Ruby Port, Young Tawny Port, Aged Tawny Port, Vintage Character Port, Late Bottled Vintage Port, Traditional Late Bottled Vintage Port, Vintage Port, Single Quinta Vintage Port, Crusted Port, and Garrafeira Port – most styles fall into two broad categories: Bottle aged or Cask aged. Because doing the tiniest thing different will result in a different taste of wine, the two Port processes greatly dictate the flavorful outcome. While Bottle aged Ports generally behave like wine on Botox, keeping their color and their fruitiness well into maturity, Cask aged Ports lose flavor quickly. They are ready to drink right away.

The best Ports to know, the ones to introduce yourself to before sending them down your esophagus, are the Taylor Fladgate Tawny Port, W. & J. Graham’s Tawny Port, Smith Woodhouse Vintage Character Port, Niepoort Vintage Port, Quinta do Infantado Single Quinta Vintage Port, and Adriano Ramos-Pinto Late Bottled Vintage Port.

As demonstrated, the process of making Port is not as simple as one might imagine; it involves a little more than simply visiting a vineyard, and being met with thousands of grapes shouting, “Pick me! Pick me!” And, it involves more than taking off your tennis shoes and having a smashing good time. After a careful, lengthy process, the smashing good time will follow.

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How To Collect Rare Coins by: Keith Jones

What you need to know about Rare Coin Collecting

Have you ever tried collecting rare coins? It can be great fun and a good investment.

Rare coin collecting is one of the few hobbies that are not just a mere pastime or leisure activity.

Coin collecting can get quite fascinating and many people get quite caught up in their hobby..

Coins are often thought of as works of art because of the beauty of their designs (Some of which are quite exquisite).

In very early days coins were utilitarian and featured just the amount the coin was worth or the Sovereigns head to enable people who could not read not to be cheated in commerce.

Early coins were mostly made of silver or copper with a few being made of gold or electrum (an amalgam of gold and other precious metals)

In more recent times the design of the coin has become a portion of its worth to collectors.

Coins will often portray the history of a nation by engraving and important historical event or anniversary into the design on the coin.

Seldom do people know the secret that coin collecting can also be quite a good way to make money.

Hard to find rare coins can turn out to be valuable and when found can be a good investment.

Rare coins have risen in value by anything from 300% to over 1000%.

So Rare coins that cost $1000 each in the 1970s could now be worth over $50,000 each today on average

This amazing increase in worth outstrips most other investments.

So what is the big secret behind the increase in this part of the coin market ?

It is quite simple really, rare coins have always been a good hedge against inflation and recession.

Big investors know this and many have a large piece of their investments in rare collectable coins.

In most unstable conditions (such as we have at present) rare coins maintain their worth.

When Governments seek to stabilise the economy by printing more money, the value of printed money may lose its value- Zimbabwe is a classical example as was pre-WWII Germany.

Many experts contend that rare coins are a more stable investment evn than gold bullion since Gold Bullion relies heavily on the daily gold price for its worth.

So What should you purchase ?

Early Coins are my personal choice – Exceptional Quality Roman Coins in Gold or Silver (yes Roman Gold Coins Do exist !)

My second Choice in Rare Coins would have to be Medieval Gold and Silver Coins of the period between Edward IIIrd to James Ist as these are possible to obtain and rise steadily in value. (Gold Coins in this era often fetch astronomical prices)

In American Coins, Early Gold is definitely the area to collect as these are avidly collected and would be easy to sell if needed. Prices are currently high but may well rise again.

If you prefer to collect Modern Coins then I would suggest sticking to PROOF Coins As these normally come with a C.O.A (Certificate Of Authenticity). A Proof coin is one that is specially struck and has never been circulated (indeed some proof coins are struck several times to enhance the sharpness of detail on the coin). Proof coins are normally SLABBED (encased in plastic) and may come with a valuation certificate too.

This article is not intended as investment advice and as with all investments, coins can go down in value as well as rise.

If you are thinking of collecting rare coins either as a hobby or for other reasons, I suggest you need reference books to advise you.

Apart from identification you need to know how many of a particular type of coin was produced in order to judge its worth.

About The Author
Keith Jones is a writer on Coin Collecting and the History of Coins.

http://www.greatgoldcoins.net

A Tropical Fish Hobby And Learning Aquarium Maintenance By Tom Husnik

My job kept me stressed out and I wanted a relaxing aquarium to come home to at the end of a long day. I quickly learned; however, there was more to know about the subject of aquarium and fish care than I ever dreamed! The joys and heartaches of keeping tropical fish. The joy comes from the many relaxing hours you spend gazing at the beautiful exotic tropical fish swimming around. The heartache when you find them floating belly up, having succumbed to some mysterious tropical fish disease or something wrong you did.
Freshwater Tropical Fish
First, I suggest finding some credible freshwater tropical fish information and reading up on the subject before going out to buy your first freshwater tropical fish. These fish are delicate. And some need special care.
We had (at any given time): tropical angel fish, red Oscar fish, plain guppie and fancy tail guppie fish, kissing fish (these are fun to watch!), popeye fish (my sentimental favorite), scavenger fish (keeps the tank clean), and even a small pet shark.
While many of these fish may all come from the same waters, they may not all get along when plopped together in a small space. A good tropical fish guide can teach you how to keep and breed tropical fish and give you recommendations for tropical fish to keep together. Believe me, if you make a mistake, you’ll see your share of fish fights!
Feeding Fish
One of the most important basics of tropical fish care is learning how and what to feed your fish. Tropical fish need a special diet and goldfish food won’t do. When you buy your tropical fish online or from a reputable tropical fish dealer, you should also purchase the correct fish food for the specific types of fish you are keeping. If you don’t know what to buy – ask. And, please don’t overfeed the fish – they can die from overeating.
Oh yeah. Better learn about semi-aggressive tropical fish for tanks as well. We used to have a couple of mouth breeder fish that really liked those cute little frogs we put in their tank to add to the atmosphere. While frogs aren’t technically fish, we never thought that our well-fed fish would enjoy frogs for dinner.
I still shudder at the memory of seeing that poor helpless tiny frog hanging from the jaws of that fish. We also saw aggressive fish pick on and take bites out of other non-aggressive fish. If you don’t separate them, eventually the non-aggressive fish will die.
Freshwater Aquarium Care
Aquarium care maintenance is a real responsibility. This is where your fish live 24/7 and they need a clean environment. This is a chore that needs to be done regularly so keep that in mind when considering setting up a home fish aquarium.
A good aquarium care guide can show you how to clean a fish tank with the fish in it, or you can transfer the fish to another holding tank while you clean the dirty one. How do you clean a fish tank? Usually it involves taking a hose and draining out the dirty water, then replacing it with clean fresh water. Don’t forget to turn your pump back on after cleaning the pump filter.
If you have aquarium plants, you’ll also want to read up on aquarium plant care.
Tropical Fish Diseases
Unfortunately tropical fish are prone to diseases. Tropical fish medicine is available if your fish come down with fish ich or ick (a sticky white film on their bodies), or some other disease. You want to catch any disease in time before it kills them.
You can get complete fresh water tropical fish information online that can tell you all you need to know and more about live freshwater tropical fish. There are also good articles on tropical fish keeping that are a good guide to keeping tropical fish healthy and happy.
Tropical fish are a wonderful addition to your home. With proper care and maintenance, you will get many hours of enjoyment out of your exotic home aquarium. More Tropical Freshwater Fish Information

Lucky Dog reels ’em in after first year in business

Jon Totzke had an ulterior motive in mind when he decided to start selling his own hand-made fishing lures.
“I figured this was an excuse to do more fishing,” Totzke said, with a chuckle. “I mean, you have to test them out, right. I’d tell my wife, ‘Honey, I have go do research.’ You can’t just throw them out there and say they work.”
But they do seem to work, and that’s why Lucky Dog Lures has grown faster and become a much bigger deal than Jon and his wife, co-owner Anne Marie Totzke, anticipated.

Jon and Anne Marie Totzke manufacture and sell a variety of handmade fishing lures at Lucky Dog Lures in Readfield. The couple has operated the business for the past year and it is growing quickly.

The couple manufactures the lures and operates the business out of their Readfield home. Lucky Dog Lures sells eight styles and 37 color combinations of beaded fishing lures with various blades. The Totzkes operate on both a wholesale and retail basis, and their lures can be found in 15 fishing stores across Wisconsin. They hope to sell the lures nationwide eventually and penetrate the Canadian market.
Jon, who also is a painting contractor, started the business about a year ago with the idea that it would provide an income during the winter months when the painting industry wanes.
“That was the plan, but it’s getting to be more and more of a full-time business for both of us,” said Anne Marie. “Really, it all started when we started making them for ourselves because we both love to fish. They started producing a lot of fish and people kept saying, ‘Wow, you should manufacture these.’ It was kind of a hobby that turned into a business.”
The couple needed a name for the business and got a good one after attending a Ducks Unlimited banquet in Oshkosh. They entered their names in a raffle for the grand prize of a new boat, motor and trailer. On a lark, they also entered the name of their dog, Willie, a 4-year-old golden retriever — one of three dogs the Totzkes own. A few days later, they received a call from Ducks Unlimited with the news that Willie was the grand prize winner, giving the Totzkes a new boat and a catchy business name.
“People kept saying what a lucky dog we had,” said Jon, who often wears a Lucky Dog T-shirt with Willie’s logo on it.
The Totzke’s lures are used by anglers of different skill levels and can snag a variety of fish. Most are made from stainless steel wire with blades of both nickel and polished brass. Jewelry beads of glass and brass arranged in different sequences complete the look.
“They’re very versatile — you can go from panfish to northern to bass to musky,” said Jon. “We’ve caught just about everything on them. Our lures are a combination of things. Fish like flash, color and sound, so we try and combine all three of those. We’re able to get the flash with our nickel and polished brass, color with the beads, and sound with the brass and the glass hitting each other, because when that happens it produces kind of a clacking noise underwater which attracts fish. Sound underwater is four times louder than above water.”
The Totzkes try to incorporate both old and new elements into their line of lures, and Jon initially was inspired by his 92-year-old grandfather’s tackle box.
Lures in the Lucky Dog lineup include the Chatter Bug spinner, which features a June Bug blade that has free-spinning action, glass beads for instant flash, brass beads for additional noise and shiny nickel hooks. The Chatter Bug is great for hooking panfish, walleye, bass, trout and northern pike.
Another popular lure is the Big Bugger, which has a June Bug blade and fire-polished glass beads which give off an enticing flash to attack bass, walleye and northern pike. The Chatter Bug comes in four color combinations and the Big Bugger is available in 10 color choices.
“You can’t make just one color,” said Jon. “Everything works differently depending on the lake. Right now, the red hooks and red beads are our big seller. But it depends on what lake you’re on. It depends on things like water clarity — whether it’s clear or cloudy — how much light you’re dealing with, and what the fish normally feed on in that lake. We have some new blades and have brought back some of the old blades like the June Bug, which has been around since the early ’60s.”
The Totzkes have made strong business contacts and learned more about their field by attending fishing shows around the country.
“We go to shows and talk to people who are fishing guides and field testers,” said Anne Marie. “We have six different fishing guides who are using our lures and even have field testers using them in California, Oregon, North Carolina, Tennessee and lower Michigan.” http://www.luckydoglures.com
Learn How To Make Lures Yourself Click Here.

Woodworking is a gratifying hobby

Perhaps you’re thinking of going into woodworking? Woodworking can represent a fun and gratifying hobby, while it can also be quite frustrating. In a universe filled with mass-produced, poorly crafted furniture, it can be a thrill to create a product constructed with your own two hands.
The term “woodwork” literally pertains to the method of constructing, making or carving something utilizing wood. Sort of obvious, isn’t it? Simply there are all types of projects that can be constructed using wood – not just furniture! You can make toys, toy boxes or carved figurines.
Woodworking is a hobby that the entire family can enjoy. It doesn’t make any difference whether you’re a male or female, young or old. It does not matter whether you’ve never used a tool before in your life or an old pro, there are projects that fit your skill level and starting out in this hobby can be relatively cheap likewise as easy.
You can construct selected projects with just hand tools, but power tools make the job go a lot easier. Be particularly wary of purchasing used or discounted power tools. Make certain they are safe and work effectively.
If you’re planning on making woodworking a hobby for a long time, you are better off purchasing good power tools rather than the cheaper ones. They’ll handle better and last longer.
As far as hand tools, you will be okay purchasing used older ones as long as they’re in good shape. The quality of older tools tends to be a great deal better and they’re constructed to last.
Woodworking as a hobby is flourishing in popularity – particularly among the female population. A lot more women are choosing a new interest in saber saws and power drills as they fabricate accessories and furniture for their homes.
Acquire some pieces of wood, a few tools, and your imagination, and you will be able to make beautiful pieces of furniture. The possibilities with woodwork are endless. Just about the most inexperienced individual can learn woodworking and produce beautiful pieces that can become keepsakes.
And so where and how does a would-be woodworker start? A lot of people do well by taking a class at the local college or community center. Other people choose to read a good book or magazine. Yet others opt to merely jump right in. There is no one proper way to start. It hinges on how much experience you have with using the tools essential to woodwork.
Woodworking isn’t nearly as intimidating as it might appear. It is not a requirement to spend a fortune on tools and supplies. Numerous projects can be made with minimal investment and your resourcefulness!
Woodworking is a vast hobby, with the amount of active participants calculated by some inside the industry at between seven and eleven million strong.
Each brings their own set of capabilities and interests that oftentimes make specific techniques more applicable in their situation. As long as the methods selected are safe, and create the wanted results, they are right for them.Visit Handyman Hardware