reply to post by whatukno
excellent post and makes you think. It's odd in ways that many of these things, I learned a loooong time ago at least on a superficial and principal
level (but also some actual hands on experience) from being a boy scout. Yeah, back when the old field guides showed you how to skin and dress a deer,
how to tan hides, along with things like lightly toasting the brains and jamming them into the animals stomach and sealing it for storage for scraping
and drying the skins.
I pick up the old ones here and there just to have them. old army manuals too. You know whats a lot of good sources? Farming books. Old farming books.
Some other questions to ponder, thins we forget:
How will I preserve my food supplies for leaner months or winter? Do I know how to can vegetables, pot meat, salt/smoke/cure proteins.
Do I know how to extract seed, or even identify them?
Do I yet have the rudiments to fashion my own clothes if need be, including proper environmental protection like cold and rain?
Even more importantly.. footwear.
Do I know enough about medicine and natural remedies to treat and cure infections, diseases, or if things get to a long haul.. things like child birth
or a bad tooth?
Am I mature enough to realize that I will have to develop a cadre of friends, allies and so forth because I likely can not do it all on my own?
Will I remember the principle of aesthetics and creature comforts in the long run, so that I not only survive, but continue to live? Plan for the
Its one thing to be able to make a weekend lean to in the forest with your buddies, but can you make yourself a chair with just an axe and knife? How
about a box to store grain in?
(re)forging metal is nice, but do you know how to make your own forge? how about your own glass? Pottery? those canned veggie shave to be stored in
something you know.
I'm not saying this to crap on anyones fine work so far, but heres the devil in the details, and maybe some food for thought.