Rick's Hobby Garage Blog

Hobbies for the Home and Garden!

From vegetable gardens to cactus gardens, and metalworking to woodworking, we share with you our experiences and what we learn for the home and garden.


Gardening, worm composting, and composting.


Welding and blacksmithing projects.


Birdhouses, wood turnings, and other wood projects.

Check out our Etsy Store!

You will find some of our best creations of small items at our store. They include some of my own hobbies from woodworking and metalworking. Joy also has various handcrafted items such as fairy gardens that you could enjoy everyday in your home.

Latest Posts


Cleaning Up Cacti with Fart Extractors

Fart Extractors…We have all seen them and used them some point in our lives. They come in all sorts of sizes and shapes. Some are solid, some have very little surface area. Some are...


Simple Worm Casting Harvester

“What is a fast and easy way to collect worm castings?” This seems to be a question I see a lot through Facebook groups/pages and other websites on worm composting. I ask the same...


The Folger’s Birdhouse

I have, what I want to say is a small collection of, miscellaneous rusted metal parts from coffee cans to door knobs and many other things that I have found over the past few...


The Most Used Birdhouse in the Yard

This is the most used birdhouse in our yard. We built this birdhouse sometime around ten years ago. Unfortunately, it has pretty much come to the end of its life span and had to be...


Hand Forged Bottle Opener from Spike

This project did not go as planned but still worked out in the end. I originally wanted to make this bottle opener into a spiral that would wrap around the bottle cap. I believe...


Hand Forged Bottle Opener

My most recent project in the forge, and my favorite of all projects, is this bottle opener. This is my favorite project to date because it tested my abilities on evenly tapering the square...


Hand Forged Candy Cane

This candy cane was super simple and fun to make. It makes for good practice on twisting steel. Evenly heat one end of the steel in the forge, put it in the vise and...


Hand Forged Bottle Opener from Rebar

The very few times out of the year that I actually get to pull out the coal forge and pound on some red-hot metal, it is almost always to practice something new, whether it...