Bill Washburn

Bill Washburn

William "Bill" Washburn has a BA in advertising from the Art Center College of Design and has taught at the University of Southern California and Northrup University. Writing from a well-connected studio in the rural foothills of the west coast, he is a frequent speaker at local art associations and has published numerous articles discussing periods of art history and the fundamentals of drawing and painting. William is a master gardener who grows his own culinary herbs, organic heirloom vegetables and a variety of fruits. He writes frequently about his gardening experiences on his website Pioneer Dad . He is an accomplished advertising writer, fine art painter, and art director with more than 20 years' experience. 

Articles by Bill Washburn

8 Ways to use a Tree Stump

When a tree is lost due to a storm, landscaping or disease, homeowners are frequently left with an unsightly stump. Don’t dismay, there are lots of opportunities... more

Breakdown: How To Prepare Your Home For Strong Winds

Strong winds are commonly associated with severe thunderstorms and hurricanes. They may also occur with differences in air pressures during cold fronts moving through... more

5 Common Window Problems Solved

Replacing windows is shockingly expensive. It’s actually often better to restore windows to proper working order. Most homeowners can repair minor problems such... more

How to Adjust the Acid Content of Homemade Wine

Adjusting the acid content of the freshly squeezed grapes or “must” of homemade wine is critical. It's also easy. Acid content is measured with a simple... more

Homemade Red Wine Recipe, Instructions & Tips

There are few things in life more gratifying than making your own wine. It has become a passion, in recent years, for hobbyists as well as wine connoisseurs. And, it... more

How to Make a Tree Stump Teeter-Totter

A tree stump teeter-totter (seesaw) makes a fun addition to any yard and can be built with several lengths of construction grade lumber in an afternoon. Begin... more

How to Make a Stump Side Table

Building new side tables for the living room or den is an ideal use of the tree stump or trunk. Cut your own, or check local landscaping companies to see if they have... more

5 Steps to Drying out a Flooded Basement

Discovering the basement is wet, or worse flooded, can be a nightmare. Any volume of water can ruin carpeting, drywall and structural framing. Even if the basement is... more

Which Bathroom Countertop Material is Best?

Remodeling a bathroom can be an expensive proposition. But, replacing a bathroom counter top is a relatively inexpensive project. It all depends on which countertop... more

Winter Pruning Guide

Pruning during the winter months can help improve your plants' shape, form and growth. Think of winter pruning as preventive maintenance. Many garden problems may be... more

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