September 14, 2010 at 7:36 am #253206redhen2Member
Have we had a thread about skills to stockpile?
I’ve just about got beer and soap under control. now onto canning and cheese. what next?
what are others learning to do?
kathySeptember 14, 2010 at 7:47 am #476657dry_dip_stickMember
I got a spindle Doc posted to me:clap:, so thats my next project.
Learn how to use a Fowlers Vacola I have.
I want to make a solar oven and use it this summer.
I have been making all the household cleaning products, and sewing lots of cloth pads :rip: for a friend of mineSeptember 14, 2010 at 7:53 am #476658HTMember
Health care is a biggie I think, I have started learning about that.How not to get sick and how to get better with the least amount of medical supplies.September 14, 2010 at 7:58 am #476659barefoot_mistyMember
Spinning is a skill I want to learn, have a wheel and a sheep lined up, just need to purchase shears.
Can do beer and soap and basic cheese, need to find a buck though. (to insure the milk supply)
Hubby can make ethanol which can also be cut with veggie oil to make bio diesel.(In theory, yet to put into practice) Although I doubt that would be real helpful in the long run.
It is a big something to think about though!September 14, 2010 at 10:20 am #476660RobyneMember
I think black smithing is important
wood work you might need to extend the house and you will have to do it properly.
bricking for building animal houses.September 14, 2010 at 10:30 am #476661dianneParticipant
sewing – by hand and machain
farming – lots of sub skills
blacksmithing/ metal working
curing and storing meat
gathering – bush foods ect
working a loam
knitting/ croquet (spelling sorry)
and a few more I have to think on:tup:September 14, 2010 at 10:46 am #476662HerbmanMember
I’m not a practical man so don’t look to me for carpentry and plumbing. Here’s my little list:
Basic native food identification
Basic herbal medicine
Story telling (not practical but important for our souls)
I just realised that for someone who’s actually a real bloke, my list has a feminine slant.
Is being able to sleep without shelter or mattress in driving rain or blowing winds on rocky ground a skill? Because I can do that too. I have plenty of practice.
And my wife and I have decided that we are going to learn to shoot so that we can (and please don’t be offended) hunt. (Am not very PC – sorry to those offended by hunting)
ETA: childcareSeptember 14, 2010 at 10:56 am #476663dianneParticipant
I’m not a practical man so don’t look to me for carpentry and plumbing.
:shy: ops, that isn’t the list of things I can do, that is my list of skills that will be required.:shy:September 14, 2010 at 11:45 am #476664PeeJayMember
Dianne, I think your list is Awesome, awesome, awesome, awesome, awesome. Seed saving is a biggy…not just vegies etc but also natives/trees etc for the oxygen content. Well done to you!!September 14, 2010 at 11:49 am #476665recyclingdivaMember
haha and there i was thinking , blimey i want to bwe near you dianne wehn it goes to heck 😆September 14, 2010 at 12:09 pm #476666HerbmanMember
recyclingdiva wrote haha and there i was thinking , blimey i want to bwe near you dianne wehn it goes to heck
So was I …September 14, 2010 at 1:02 pm #476667GeoffKeymaster
I’d add a couple of things to an essential skills stockpile
knots & splicing – very handy basic skill.
ropemaking – helpful if you’ve got no rope.
bowmaking & archery – humanity’s most effective small projectile tool prior to the industrial revolution, able to be made and kept supplied almost anywhere.
stonework – much nicer extensions on the house 😆
basic household/farm chemistry – glue, paint, hair gel, cleaners, extraction of useful things out of other things.September 14, 2010 at 10:57 pm #476668Tassie TigerMember
Phew dianne you must be young with a list like that:jawdrop: I don’t know that I have got enough years left to fit all that in but I’ll give it a go. Great “todo” list. Will print it off and stick it next to the computer.:tup:September 14, 2010 at 11:45 pm #476669WombatMember
Leave out the bush survival stuff and I would have a go at most of the stuff Di can do, in a suburban setting also –
Develop and construct alternative energy systems
Oxy and arc welding
meeting facilitation (ok, so it is a ‘soft” skill)
Plan development and implementation (this one too)
Solar cooker construction
NevSeptember 15, 2010 at 9:42 am #476670redhen2Member
Nice lists. I’d like to get a beast to milk. I’d like to be a lot better at food production and preserving. Luckily, my bf can do all sorts of manly fixing and building things. :kiss:
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