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Custom Press Squeezes Oil, Fluids Out Of Herbs
Brian Huckins can help you turn herbs into medicinal tinctures with his customized presses. The Massachusetts-based blacksmith makes presses that squeeze fluid from herbs infused with alcohol.

    He has made around half a dozen presses, customized to the buyer’s needs. Huckins recalls one customer with a disability.

    “I put a larger wheel on the press to make it easier for her to press out the herbs,” he says. “It gave her a greater mechanical advantage so she didn’t have to turn so hard.”

    Although his first press was designed inside its own container, Huckins has settled on a design that collects the squeezed-out fluid in a tray. Although he could use stainless steel for both, he usually uses stainless steel for the cylinder and an epoxy-coated steel for the press heel. The frame is powder-coated steel.

    “It is easier to find a stainless steel tray than a pot, especially one without a contoured bottom,” he says. “To work with the press, they need a perfectly flat base.”

    Huckins prices his presses at $549 and up, plus shipping. Actual price depends on size and features.

    Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Huckins Forge, 67 Cedar Hill Rd., Northborough, Mass. 01532 (ph 508 393-8695 or 508 635-7749; huckinsforge@gmail.com; www.huckinsforge.com).

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2017 - Volume #41, Issue #2