Gary’s blog: Making progress

Gary under the tarp in front of the shed

Gary under the tarp in front of the shed

August 1, 2015

From: Gary

Morning,

Home alone with the dogs and thought I had better write a blog entry whilst Tami has the ability to post it.

Much new here. Got up one of the milspec truck tarps for an expedient shop. it ain’t perfect, but it is drier than standing outside looking up…

We went to town yesterday, I got a few tools for the vacuum food dryer project, and hauled stuff on my back across town, for Tami and Jasmine, Beto’s sister, who Beto sent to buy stuff for him, so he could keep working..

So I got my “working mule” work out, not to mention driving a deuce and a half to and fro…

Found out the other day, that local Taxi’s charge more just to take a person out of our “hole” than it costs us in fuel to go to town and back with the 6×6….

Anyway, got a couple of pick hoes and a tiling spade, for the ditching in progress, Beto broke his own pick hoe on a rock, so I bought him a replacement and gave him his choice of two heads in hopes of one easier to fit to the old handle…

Beto and Alexander are carving a trail for maybe 500 yards, and ditching, to be able to bury the pipe for water powering the vacuum dryer…

I may be going this week to buy pipe.. with Victor, another “socially conscious” neighbor, who has a small pick up to haul pipe etc..

My method, is to just keep gnawing at stuff, and be relentless… eventually you make it…

I learned this sailing single handed, that you just have to let go of everything except destination, and get there, when you get there. and not when you thought you should on paper…

Anyway, buying the pick hoe heads made them come up in discussion with an online “friend of the farm”, That we have been conversing with about our mission statement etc…

I stated that a good pick hoe would be my number one choice of a subsistence farming tool for creating new gardens out of abandoned land, like post collapse.

I personally hope to eventually get to the point we can do you tube videos so I can teach others what I have learned about subsistence agriculture in a life time of dabbling in it from childhood on…

I see modern people in two classes;

1. Unrealistic Preppers

2. The willfully ignorant

The Unrealistic Prepper types think you buy a can of seeds, maybe a bag of fertilizer, and then when the government magically goes away, you plant a two acre garden on your quarter acre lot in the suburbs, and in 90 days or so, you are the local barter grocer…

And then you make a fortune in gold and silver coins from those not so enlightened. (who didn’t think to stash gold and silver like you did.)

Well, ask Tami how easy it is to start from scratch as a city person, and get to a cornucopia just spilling food out in culinary ecstasy….

As I pointed out to her, the other day, the three most important survival and subsistence skills are probably Fire starting, sharpening, and weeding..

Anyway, I do recommend that people know what a pick hoe is, and have one unless they expect to watch the food supply crash on TV.

A good sharp pick hoe is the tool of choice for turning clearings in the forests, or empty city lots into gardens… They take some getting used to. The average pick hoe head weighs about five pounds, and they are devices to concentrate large amounts of force into small areas, to cut or break out very stubborn resistance like from sod, roots, rocks, or buried hunks of concrete from the original construction by a tribe of insane wild eyed white people, casting concrete indiscriminately across the landscape to create “forever Tipis” that they would then buy from their banks for about 3X actual costs, as “time slaves” ….

Anyway, humor aside, you have to sharpen the hoe side of pick hoes fairly often. A decent one will last about ten years, working five days a week, two hours per morning. until the blade gets too short, from sharpening..

There are also some nice down sized pick hoes on the market that weigh perhaps 3 lbs.. This would be my tool of choice for a refugee situation due to it being easier to carry. You can find them in tool racks in garden and tool sections of many stores in the US…

They make a real nice “ladies” pick hoe..

Ask Tami, she uses hers for all kinds of stuff now. It’s like it just slips into her hands when she has a job to do…

Which is why her being harassed for this or that by people far away doesn’t set well.. (back seat drivers with a really long steering column….)

Who probably wont have a pick hoe when they need it…

Here you can buy a decent head made in Central America for $10-$12, my favorites are by a company that makes good quality machetes, and all kinds of other stuff.. Their tools aren’t as finely done as old American tools, not finished etc. but the steel and temper is very good generally… but way better than Chinese on metal quality and temper. (American made! in Central America, by Central Americans).

They also have slip eyed axes of good temper. These are not known about in the US, but are a good axe for the survivalist due to ease of handle extraction for mobility or replacement.  See: imacasa.com

Someday I am hoping to do videos on subsistence skills, and get on YouTube. It could help thousands of people survive.

Just because the society is going to collapse doesn’t mean everybody will die. Its the ignorance of simple things that will kill millions.

We have governments more concerned about “Continuation of Government” than about whether the bleeping people have a decent chance to keep their kids alive.

If I were king, I’d have WPA projects going on to get water from northern Canada via pipes and geo thermal powered pumps, to every possible garden spot in the sun…

Instead, Government spends their time and our money, passing secret trade agreements that no doubt will keep themselves fat as long as possible.

Welcome to Animal Farm, where the pigs are more equal….

Anyway, better get your pick hoe now while you still can.. they haven’t out-lawed them yet…

And any real survivalist would know that people are going to need ten times as many pick hoes than guns…

But people with more bullets than brain cells, probably have not even thought about that….

G

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