Category Archives: hobbies

The Northern Gardener by Mary Lahr Schier

Published by the Minnesota Historical Society, The Northern Gardener is part home garden guide and part Minnesota history. The book is beautifully laid out and interspersed with diagrams, drawings, photographs, and other illustrative examples to accompany the text. The book … Continue reading

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Gravel Cycling by Nick Legan

Gravel Riding is a bit of an odd mixture: the intro describes gravel riding as a pleasant, hassle-free enjoyment suitable for mostly everyone – but then immediately launches into a long section of gravel competitions requiring a fair level of … Continue reading

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Pinball Wizards by Adam Ruben

Pinball Wizards is an unapologetically personal diary of a pinball enthusiast. While there are some historical aspects added, really this is about Ruben and his love of the silver ball game/tournament play. Which can be both good and bad in … Continue reading

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The Costume Making Guide by Svetlana Quindt

If you’ve watched TV shows such as Face Off or Heroes of Cosplay, you’d probably think that creating a costume requires a whole entire workshop of strange materials and obscure tools (vac form machine anyone?). Or you have to be … Continue reading

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Building Natural Ponds by Robert Pavlis

With Building Natural Ponds, author Pavlis has given us a thorough understanding of everything needed for a natural pond – whether a small front yard decorative feature or a very large swimming hole to grow trout. Unfortunately, there are only … Continue reading

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The Munchkin Book. Edited by James Lowder

This is a great companion to the game – full of tongue-in-cheek essays, special rule options, and comedic observations. Interspersed among the 15 essays are illustrated ‘cards’, some definitely more usable than others. Contributors include Steve Jackson, Ed Greenwood, and … Continue reading

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Hand-Built Outdoor Furniture by Katie Jackson

Hand-Built Outdoor Furniture lives up to its subtitle – these are projects anyone can make using only a few inexpensive tools. The book is beautifully laid out and very easy to follow. Photographs of the finished projects, steps, and tools/techniques … Continue reading

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