Thursday, June 9, 2016
A FULL SET OF SKILLS
Having been involved in survival skills for more than 50 years , you learn to wean out things that are not useful or realistic , one learns to discount certain items that are not practical. I have spent a great amount of time learning survival skills and honing those skills , I firmly believe you have to round out your skill set. The skill set includes the modern tools we have at our fingertips , these can add up in the dollar side of the margin( but you can find used tools for cheap) and you will find some are just not worth it and in reality just hype by some company but those that do work can be a life saver and add to your confidence level. Rounding out your skill set should include the primitive skills, I count the primitive skills as your foundation with which you can build on with any of the modern skills, if the modern tools fail you have the primitive to fall back on.
WHAT PRIMITIVE SKILLS
Making fire with friction can be a life saving skill. Learning the bow and drill and following that the hand drill . The bow and drill takes a while to get it , knowing what wood to use and
Speaking of tools brings me to tools you can use and should master , a wood chisel is something to think about and a hand auger as well one you can fit a handle on when you need it , this allows you make holes in wood( you might consider a stone auger as well) to build shelter and other tools where wood is needed.A saw is a tool that is helpful as well. With these you can make furniture enabling you to live a bit more comfy in the bush , these tools ill also help you make weapons as well. Primitive blacksmithing is a craft one should try their hand at . Jason Hawk is a primitive black smith and a master at it . We live in a world of tin cans and other metals , iron etc. and if you can craft many useful items from the scrap. a tin can will yield arrow heads and spear heads even a knife, not a pretty thing but workable . I have witnessed Jason making items that are heated and pounding them into a tool using a rock as a hammer, again not pretty but workable. Jason has a series of DVDs called "Making Do" the poor mans forge on Paladin Press , I feel they are well worth the money , I have been pounding somethings into shape , it is slow learning process but Feel it well worth the time to learn the primitive skill of the blacksmithing side of survival skills , you wont make nor is your goal to create a really pretty shinny blade but with some leaf springs or any found metals you can make hinges or any number of items, arrow heads , spear heads large or small cutting tools.. *In a SHTF situation you could barter your skills firstname.lastname@example.org
ID'ing wild edible plants can help fill your larder . Learning the wild edibles is an on going education and can continue as long as you live it is a great feeling to be in the bush and just reach down and grab a few edibles as you walk along. Wild plants offer many opportunities to fill you up or round out a meal . This skill takes a lot of time to learn but is well worth the effort . Once you get into it it will be second nature to learn new plants . There are many books and videos on the subject, but a instructor will give you a large step forward some of the best meals in my life have a feast of wild plants. Never eat any plant you have not
Learning how to trap is a skill set that is important as well. Keep in mind the little critters add up, and for the most part much easier to harvest than a big animal.Snares are way to trap that is very effective . The good old rattrap can catch cotton tails and bushy tails and other small ground animals , even birds and snakes . In my rat traps I drill at least 3 holes in the base I tie down with cordage or wire so the animal cannot drag it off into the bushes. I suggest you use only the Victor brand of rat traps as they offer a good strong spring that is fast and will hold the critter . Practice where you can , be aware of game laws . You can set snares that will let the animal go, you do that by using very weak wire that will break under any kind of pressure , then examine the location for tracks. Adding the traps like Conibear or other steel traps will help feed you and family.. All traps are passive and are working 24/7 , hunting is only a one on one deal unlike a trap line that you check at the least 2 times a day if not more, live hunting burns a lot of calories and limits your chance of a harvest , the live trap is a way to go also ,it is an MRE fresh when you need to eat , most critters will eat anything you feed them . While I do like snares after one use they are for the most part
I like the combo of primitive and modern tools , it allows for more bang for your survival life to thrive.I think our ancestors would jump at the some of the modern tools that are common now , so now is the time to grab some of the non power tools that can make for better conditions at really thriving in a SHTF life . Tools are for us to understand and use o the best of our abilty, the modern tools are a huge advantage for the survival life.
by Dude McLean