reply to post by milkyway12
building a house is not that hard, sure its a LOT of hard work, but the mechanics of it
is simple, logs, striped of limbs, cut notches twords the end and stack,
roof is usually flat, made out of logs for main support and smaller branches down to twigs
piled on top, although a piece of plastic would make a huge difference...
then cover holes with mud, walls and roof, just keep packing mud until you have a air tight
skinning and taking care of critters is not to hard either, but its a skill you really have to learn
first hand you can read about it, but its better to experience it. basically you cut the hide off
the deer or animal build a square frame out of what ever you can find, stretch the skin
over and tack in place, use a scraper of some kind to keep scraping at it to get down
to the skin and get all the fat off, then you can use salt
to help preserve the hide and dry it out where the fat was. Although now days you can
buy a kit for $30 that will do a super job in tanning a hide.
But again, this is something that its much better for you to learn first hand,
its hunting season , call up a buddy and go hunting, buy a deer tag, borrow a rifle if
you dont have one, and experiment.
most of it is basic common sense. Its just a different way of living.
One other thing you may want to consider learning is how to make candles, if you are
truly roughing it in a 1800 type setting, you are going to need light at night in winter, as
well as a way to light it. But learning candle making would be very useful.
So would canning, which can be done on a open fire if you know what you are doing.
This would help you stock up food for those times where the game just isint there.
Jerky is always a good way, but after a while ya get tired of jerky, and would want
something else. Canning will keep the big game fresh to eat for a few years,
thus keeping from wasting much of the meat.
The net is full of useful information if you look, sure there are books and in a SHTF situation
a book would be better than net, but it would be best to practice the things now, so you can
get a feel for them. that is if you are having any ideas of living in that setting for any leingth of time.
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