This blog post is about the tools / skills you need in the event of a down turn.
In blog post #8, I talked about, the tools you need to
build and fix almost everything. Now I want to talk about tools you will need to get by in hard times. Based on case study’s from the depression and during down times of a US recession. No banking or limited credit. Source multiple articles in print and family memories.
The best skills repeatedly appearing in multiple articles boil down to the following skills:
- Ability to Horse Trade: Barter, Trade, and Sell Things.
- Ability to grow a garden, and provide meat or milk / cheese.
- Ability to minimize debt.
- Have a root cellar and or pantry: Skills in canning and food preservation
- Being handy or skilled in woodwork, metalwork, stone / brickwork, and machine repair.
- Having a supply of hand and power tools or equipment.
In the old days, steam engine sawmills is an example.
- Being able to live off of a cash-based economy.
- Strong community for protection and working together.
- Availability of reference material/books.
- Local resources and raw materials to make or fix.
- Access to communication.
- Time to think, work and health