I have decided to begin a new series. Primitive Knowledge. As I look around I believe things could get very “primitive”, very quickly.
If I am wrong and everything is just peachy then these things are good to know any way.
If you have read any of my writings or watched the videos you know I am already very much into a semi-primitive lifestyle. I live in my cabin or my camper. I have learned to identify and use wild edible plants. I hunt and fish for meat. I have well water or spring water. I am not on the electric grid. All my power is either solar or a gasoline/propane generator for electricity, propane for heating, cooking and refrigeration. Also firewood for heat. I am well stocked on food and other essentials.
However, you may notice that much of what I listed still must be obtained from a store. My goal here is to bring back some ancient ways that do not require any outside contact.
I don’t want this to be just another prepper series. Although much of it will be things some preppers have been doing for a long time. But I have noticed that many preppers are only stocking up for hard times. They are not preparing for a long time of no help being on the way.
For example, I did a search for how to make laundry detergent. The vast majority of the information I found start by explaining how great is it to make your own laundry soap. Then they proceed to tell you the ingredients you need to buy to combine together to make soap. This usually include borax, sodium carbonate, and bars of soap. Do you see the problem here? You aren’t making your own laundry detergent. You are just buying ready made laundry detergent ingredients and combining them together. I want to cover how to actually leach hardwood ash, render fat and combine them to make soap from the very basics. Then this soap can be used for laundry as is if it is liquid or grated to make laundry powder.
So I will be either writing and photographing my steps of actually living primitively or else filming the procedures. Some of the things I have known since I was a kid. Some I will need to research.
And yes, the irony of using a video camera and cellular internet connection to live primitively is not lost on me. But that’s the way it is. I also experiment with programming drone swarms and android apps so a little video is okay too. And really almost nobody is actually reading or watching this anyway. But for those few who are smart enough to care I hope I can provide useful information. For both of us. This is mostly for myself and to make sure my daughter knows how to survive.