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  • The Sailor Classic Apron ($109) has brass hardware and a leather neck strap, and is made from indigo striped denim.
    COURTESY OF HEDLEY & BENNETT

    Aprons That Make a Splash

    - With Hedley & Bennett, a former line cook gives the humble apron—and restaurant and home chefs—a makeover.
Sonnen Eco 5kWh
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Power to the People

Planned outages have sparked the use of more in-home batteries and generators. Here’s how to keep the lights on.

Modesto Medina creates a romal reins for Dale Chavez Saddles.
CHARLIE NEUMAN
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The Rein Maker of Riverside County

Modesto Medina practices the centuries-old art of hand-braiding beautiful and durable horse tack.

In the display room of the Deering Banjo Company Greg and Janet Deering speak with a family from Tucson, Arizona that are about to take a tour of the facility. The banjo Janet is holding is an Ivanhoe Gold model. At left are the company's Goodtime line of banjos.
CHARLIE NEUMAN
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The First Couple of Twang

Greg and Janet Deering built the leading American banjo company of the 21st century.

A Wilburn Forge culinary knife with a 10-inch integral blade (2 1/8 inches wide at the heel) with a handle of stabilized amboyna.
FRANCESCA WILBURN-RITCHIE
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Knife-Edged Beauty

One-of-a-kind hand-forged knives by Aaron Wilburn are wonderful to look at — and even better to use.

Birkenstocks are the product (and namesake) of a German shoe company.
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Birkenstocks

The clunky sandals are soles with soul

The Oculus Go offers virtual reality experiences at a budget price.
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Putting the ‘Real’ Into Virtual Reality

Virtual reality has been just around the corner for more than 25 years. Will the Oculus Go headset finally make VR real for the masses?

CHRIS HARDY
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Getting Ready for the Big One

The quality of earthquake survival kits ranges from solid to shaky. We rated several emergency kits on the market to find the survival bag most likely to come in handy when The Big One hits.