Episode-34- Seven Highly Underated Survival Skills You Should Develop — 8 Comments

  1. 1) Voting for the skill of LOGIC. IF something happens THEN something else will happen, ELSE something else always happens. Do not sit and guess with “buckshot logic” that if you hit everything, eventually you will find the answer. This is a waste of time. You need to understand Buellian algebraic logic.

    2) Sell and Barter is also about being clued in on non-verbal body language communication. What are the people you are working with really saying, that they will not verbalize. Great skill to learn.

  2. Wow. This was my first podcast I have listened from you. Its great. Especially the biltong part. We live in South Africa, its like our national snack 🙂

  3. carpentry..DUH !….working on my retreat…never
    though….great skill!!…making rough wood with your
    chain saw…or hand saw…” tools “

  4. Nnyone have recommendations on CHAIN SAW wood milling? How to make housing and furniture and things with a chain saw, and a wood lot?

  5. Well I am not a chainsaw expert especially at “chain saw craft” but I do have an opinion on the saw.

    I consider the Stihl the very best.

    I consider the Husqvarna a “working mans” Stihl and it is what I own.

    If I could not afford a Husqvarna I might consider a Mccullough. If I had to rely on anything else I would just assume it was going to wear out fairly quickly (1-3 years). Properly maintained a Stihl will last longer then most ever need it to, the Husqvarna is also a well made machine and for most home users can last a lifetime.

    Many of the department store brands are fine for light use but won’t hold up to long term homesteading.

  6. Food and self sufficiency are tops on my list.

    My family has started our garden endeavor this year and we are learning what is working and what is not. It will be good to know the ins and outs so if we need to we can feel confident in providing food for ourselves.

    Good show!!

  7. Anyone interested in home steading or trying to have any level of preparedness needs to brush up on all the skills our grandfathers used regularly. My fathers family all worked the land and even visiting a farming museum with them its amazing the skills we have lost. Just look through the yellow pages at the tradesmen you would typically use in a life time. How many could you replicate? But how many could you and your neighbours do between you all? I am ex military and an engineer. Think who you would want on your team. Find them now or at least have a mental check list so you will recognise these skills when you meet them as you integrate into the local economy or even meet them on the way to it! “no man is an island”

  8. This was a great podcast and really gave me a lot to think about/research.

    I would like to nominate sewing as an 8th skill that people need to learn/practice.

    In a short term situation, being able to thread a needle and fix a loose hem or a rip might be a good skill to have practiced.

    In a longer term situation, it would become more important to be able to sew clothing and items from scratch. Knowing how to read a pattern, create a pattern, make new clothes from old ones, and many other sewing skills. There is a lot of information on how to do this but like the other skills you mentioned, it takes practice.

    I’m a mom, so my practice comes from making Halloween costumes and Play costumes (T-Tunics and capes are very simple things to make and you can even make homemade patterns. Plus smaller children like to be able to dress up as knights or superheroes) Even so, I’m a rather novice seamstress and still learning.

    Most of my friends and people I know, don’t know how to sew. Husbands/Boyfriends shouldn’t assume that their Wife/Girlfriend is going to know how to sew “because she probably took Home Economics in school”.

    If you do decide to do anytype of podcast on this subject in the future, I would mention getting a “Trundle’ machine. I know Singer made some. They are “antiques” but they require no power other than your foot. Some models even flipped under the “table” when stored so that you ended up with a nice looking endtable when the sewing machine is not in use.

    Again, I’ve really enjoyed the podcasts I’ve listened to so far (I’ve just started and I’m not listening to them in order). I’m trying to get my husband to listen to them as well. I like how you mention kids when considering a lot of the survival topics. I would be more than happy to share ideas from a female/mom POV if you are interested.