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Episode-1754- Danial Lawton on Hand Tools for Land Management

Making Hand Tools, By Hand of Course!

Making Hand Tools, By Hand of Course!

Danial is the founder of permaculturetools.com.au – the US version of the site is at USA.Permaculturetools.com.au a long held dream centered on offering quality hand tools to the permaculture community worldwide with on the ground education in hand tools use, earth works hydrology and rural skills.

His permaculture resources are freely available such as YouTube films on how to use, maintain and repair hand tools, permaculture related eBooks and a yearly scholarship.

Set in motion with a permaculture design course at the young age of thirteen in Tena, Ecuador, Danial followed up with a Permaculture Diploma in site development, site design, and research. At university Danial crammed in a Bachelor of Environmental science with double majors in ecology & conservation biology and Land & water management, a Masters in Environmental management and most recently a Masters in Environmental engineering.

Danial also completed many specialty courses during his tertiary studies including Industrial water and waste water treatment, hazardous waste management, Advanced water and waste water engineering, Renewable energy systems, Geographic information systems/remote sensing and ISO 14001 Environmental systems.

With 15 years experience in the Permaculture field, Danial has worked for international permaculture projects in Central and South America, as water systems manager for Tagari farm (PRI Australia) and later as farm manager for Zaytuna farm (PRI Australia).

Within this time Danial has taught and facilitated a variety of Permaculture design and hands on courses through Griffith University, PRI Australia and Northey Street City Farm. As a design consultant Danial draws on environmental science and permaculture principles to design sustainable systems worldwide and for local Australian clients and government organizations.

Danial’s research interests include water harvesting design, small space permaculture and appropriate technology.  He joins us today to discuss hand tools for agricultural and homestead work.

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Episode-1014- Hand Tools and Homestead Gear

A Husqvarna 450 with an 18 Inch Bar is my go to Chainsaw

A Husqvarna 450 with an 18 Inch Bar is my go to Chainsaw

I think it is a good time to look at some common hand tools and homestead gear specifically with winter approaching.  Winter presents quite a few opportunities for repair and maintenance.

First, I am not sure why but winter is when many things that have always worked decide it is time to break down.  It is like they want a rest from the action just like everyone else or something.

Second, many of the tasks we have to do frequently in the Spring, Summer or Fall are not necessary in winter.  Even for those of us that garden, you very seldom need to water an weed.  So many of the things that get put off during the busy season are prime for getting done in the slower months.

Third, a lot of maintenance work just sucks to do when it is 100 plus degrees outside.  Doing them in a warm garage or shop or doing them on a sunny winter day is just a lot more fun then sweating your brains out.

Fourth, winter can get boring and wear you down.  Days are short, nights are long and once hunting season is over cabin fever can set in hard and fast.  Doing maintenance, repairs, upkeep and projects in this time helps us stay positive and be up and running full out when spring arrives.

Join Me Today as We Discuss…

  • Tools I think should be on every homestead
    • The Chainsaw (gas is primary but electrics have a place)
    • Rechargeable/Power Tools
      • Drill (make sure to have plenty of bits)
      • Reciprocating Saw
      • Circular Saw
      • Cut Off Tool
      • Impact Driver
      • Jig Saw
      • Grinder
    • A good axe and a good hatchet
    • A good sickle or corn knife
    • Shovels, Hoes, etc.
  • Hand Tools that Everyone Should Have
    • Hammer (at minimum sledge, mini sledge and claw)
    • Socket Set
    • Screw Driver Set
    • A set of driver tips and hex keys
    • Wrench Set
    • Adjustable Wrench
    • Channel Locks
    • Vice Grips
    • Chisels
    • Wire Brushes
    • Planing tools
    • Tape Measures, rulers, yardsticks, etc
    • Level
    • Square
    • Cross and Rip Saws
    • Hack Saw
    • C-Clamps
    • Pipe Wrench
    • Pliers of All Common Form
    • Files
    • Sharpening stones
    • Lots of nails, screws, bolts, washers, etc.
  • Some Real Nice to Have Stuff
    • Log splitter
    • A press
    • A scythe
    • A shop vac

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Episode-508- Call In Friday 9-10-10

It’s call in Friday on The Survival Podcast and that means I have your calls on subjects today like, permaculture design, generators, HAM radio, hand tools, BOBs for the traveler and more.  If you would like to be on the show call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK and you might hear yourself on the air.

Join me today as I answer your questions such as…

  • What is the very first step in establishing a permaculture system
  • What is up with SB-510 (one more time)
  • Can you salvage anything with fruit past its prime still on a tree
  • A tip on combining an elevated garden and growing mushrooms from a listener
  • Growing Kiwi in Arizona, can it be done
  • What hand tools should everyone own if TSHTF
  • Thoughts on getting HAM Radio Certified
  • Dealing with friends who are grasshoppers and think prepping is all “black helicopter”
  • What are my qualifications to do a show like TSP
  • Is possession of your firearms during a disaster protected fully due to the “Disaster Recovery Personal Protection Act”
  • What to consider when buying a portable generator
  • Thoughts on BOBs, BOVs and Documentation for the travler
  • A message and a lesson from Peter Schiff

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