1. I've lightened up and will never check a bag in again. I keep my Osprey roll-on slim enough to avoid cram-job in overhead bin.
2. I pay about $30 for preferred boarding, which lessens the cattle car routine.
3. I really like United these days. They've got a lot of things (including website) together; flight crews are friendly and helpful.
I wandered the Fair yesterday and found lots of useful tools and info, talked to a lot of people, many of whom knew (and had utilized) our building books.
Wood Stove with Oven I've been looking for a wood stove with visible fire window + an oven, and found one, which I'm pretty sure I'll order: "The Vermont Bun Baker," a high quality stove built in Australia, and encased in soapstone: http://www.vermontwoodstove.com
Sturdy hula hoes (gonna order one) from Johnny's Selected Seeds. They call them "stirrup hoes." Check out also their "Quick Hoops Low Tunnel Bender" system for extending growing season of row crops at "…1/20th the cost." http://www.johnnyseeds.com/
North American Bushcraft School from West Virginia. Jason Drevenak had a wonderful selection or hand-made knives, bows, flints, baskets, "primitive" items. He and his wife have workshops on primitive skills: http://www.northamericanbushcraftschool.com/
Hasegawa Tripod Ladders (Japan) Sturdy, lightweight ladders, unique design. http://hasegawaladders.com/hasegawa-tripod/
GoSun Stove Unique solar cooker. http://www.gosunstove.com
Dimensional lumber mill: http://www.norwoodsawmills.com
Uncle Mud: Chris McClellan's cob cottages, rocket stoves, pizza ovens, workshops: http://www.unclemud.com
The Livestock Conservancy works to protect 200 breeds of livestock and poultry from extinction. Sturdy breeds, genetic diversity, etc. http://www.livestockconservancy.org
Poultry processing equipment Their motto: "Pluck a lotta chickens." http://www.featherman.net
Hand carved (no motors) wooden spoons, bowls: https://www.etsy.com/shop/riverwoodtrading
Hats off to Mother Earth News—they sure know how to throw a Fair. Intelligently organized, friendly, relevant for 21st century builders, gardeners, farmers, homesteaders, homeowners...
I've got photos of all the above, will try to post some later.