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  • #61
    Some of my skills from over the years, and many I will actually not bother to, or remember to put down.

    - Milk animals from small to large, make products from said milk, such as cheese, yogurt, butter, caramel, ice cream, etc.
    - Rear poultry (geese, chickens, quail, pheasants, ducks, turkeys) from eggs to production stock, meat birds, and to better the breed
    - Rabbits since 1977, also a judge
    - Canning both waterbath and pressure canning, 900-1,200 jars most years
    - Dehydrating in numerous ways
    - Tanning hides since I was 9 years old from rabbit, sheep, elk
    - Butchering animals from rabbits, poultry, hogs, moose, ect
    - Shear sheep, Sheep to Shawl
    - Weaving of several different types from floor looms, inkle looms. warp weighted, tapestry
    - Fiber junkie skills, knitting, naalbinding, weaving, ect
    - Carpentry, although I am a beginner, I am building my own home this summer
    - Smokehouse
    - Blacksmithing, specializing in kitchenware, hinges and farm stuff
    - Build a Springhouse
    - Seed savings, gardening, farmers markets, food security for my community
    - Grafting fruit trees and teaching food security for my community
    - Ham radio operator and volunteer as emergency comms for my community
    - EMR and former volunteer firefighter
    - Mantracker
    - Teach wild edible foods classes for the PNW
    - SAR dog handler 15 years
    - Cut wood for winter, and can cook in/on a wood cookstove
    - Can run a portable wood mill
    - Beekeeper, and starting to raise queens
    - Can drive a team of horses or singles
    - Can pack donkeys (and I presume horses and mules, and even cattle)
    - Started and have drove a oxen team
    - Make and store loose hay
    - Root cellaring )and have built them)
    - Stone wall laying (dry and masonry)
    - Render hogs
    - Trim equine, porcine, caprine, ovine and bovine feet
    - Bake bread from grains I grew
    - Grow and cure tobacco (although I do not smoke)
    - Wine and mead making
    - Cooking over an open fire
    - Work bone and antler
    - Lathe without electricity (spring)
    - Archery
    - Cultivating and growing culinary mushrooms on various mediums
    - Bookbinding, and papermaking
    - Furniture making
    - Make rope
    - Cut cloth and somewhat sew
    - Make shoes and boots
    - moderate herbalist and apothacary
    - Dental
    - make salt
    - Basketmaker
    - Willow worker (for various things. from wattle to fishtraps to chairs)
    - Veterinary skills (22 years)
    - hat maker
    - rendering oil
    - tool maker
    - make sausages
    - ink maker
    - paint maker
    - peel and notch logs
    - alternative power
    - broom making
    - fence building
    - soapmaking
    - make coffee substitute
    - sockknitter
    - make a tick bed
    - make nails
    - make a comb and brush from bone
    -make a fire from a steel
    - make charcloth
    - make charcoal for blacksmithing
    - traplines with various traps styles
    - other odds and ends


    Last edited by Cedar; 06-04-2018, 06:27 PM.


    • #62
      Lets see well I was raised on a dairy farm with all that brings to the table. My grandfather was a blacksmith who trained us grand kids on the art of the black smith, until he retired at the age 92.

      Got my draft notice so I joined the USMC. I'm now a retired Gunnery Sergeant USMC with 22 years and 2 wars behind me. SO I guess I'm a journeyman of all the trades and the master of none!

      Also served as a Deputy Sheriff for 8 years until I was injured on the job and had to retire.

      Went on to get 2 degrees because I had nothing else to do but watch Jerry Springer.


      • #63
        Originally posted by Cedar View Post

        Not wrong, but differently.

        I agree it takes muscle memory.. but remember,although the brain is not a muscle but it behaves as a muscle. The more you work it, the more you can actually do things oin 'autopilot', aka 'muscle memory'.

        Part of the reason I respond to questions and take the time to answer them is to retain the muscle memory in my brain so I do not forget the skills that are often like breathing to me.

        Nice to see you back Cedar.

        Judge no one, until you have walked in the same mud and spilt the same blood. Him, I call brother.


        • #64
          Originally posted by dalewick View Post
          Nice to see you back Cedar.
          Thanks Dale.



          • #65
            Cedar: I didn't think the page would be long enough to list your skill set. Welcome back. I always enjoyed your very informative posts.
            The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.

            Everything happens for a reason. Sometimes the reason is you are stupid, and make bad decisions.


            • #66
              Originally posted by Morgan101 View Post
              Cedar: Welcome back. I always enjoyed your very informative posts.
              That is kind of you to say Morgan101. Thanks.

              As for my list, I have had some good mentors over the years, been in some good groups where I could learn such skills, and I figure if there is no such thing as reincarnation, I am going to do and learn as much as I can in this lifetime.



              • #67
                Hey Cedar! Welcome back!

                I'm not a fatalist. I'm a realist.