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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.



        • #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.


                • #68
                  Good one to bump. We all need the skills. Most important part of prepping is knowing how to do many different types of things.