by M.K.


My father was one of those guys that no matter what was needed done he could either do it or figure out how it was done, and I have tried to follow in his footsteps. As I get more into preparedness and self sufficiency I realize how much these skill sets will help me along my path.
and when you think about it, how many people around today don’t know how to perform simple tasks needed to live in the modern world, no I’m not talking about being able to build a house from the ground up, or restore a car.The people I am referring to are the ones that only own a phillips screwdriver because it came with the Stanley basic home tool set. The most in depth project that they have ever overtaken was a Wal-Mart TV stand.
Knowing what basic tools are, how they are used and what they are used for could one day save your life. Understanding basic connectors, nuts, bolts, screws, etc. and what they are used for is important. At the moment of writing this I can think of 3 people I know personally that couldn’t figure out how to change a tire to save their lives.
I implore you to go out and learn some of these basic skill sets and challenge yourself to start learning progressively more advanced skills as time goes on. know a woodworker (that has a hobby shop)? Ask them to show you some basic things (I know there are several hundred variations of the dovetail joint for example). If there is one thing for certain, woodworkers like to talk about their craft! See what your local community college has for adult learning classes. The local CC around here has everything from welding (a really good one to take) to underwater basket weaving for cheap, usually less than a full class would be you meet for an hour or two a week and get knowledge.
If your younger, gain knowledge by bouncing jobs a bit (note this can be harmful if you don’t bother to keep a job).  My first job was moving gravel by wheelbarrow into the front yards of houses in a desert city. I moved up from there to being a runner with a concrete crew during summers.
Once you get some basic knowledge you can move on up to non-basic tools, power tools, metal working tools, construction equipment, etc… Learn about cogs and sprockets, pulleys and levers, and measuring equipment.



The point I’m trying to make is simple – look at what you may have to do during a crunch period. It would be a horrible tragedy to have your future sitting in your bunker somewhere, and never make it because your vehicle broke down. Or have a major part of your preps depend on a single machine, and have no idea how the machine works, or how to fix it. Have to cut up a fallen tree (or fell a tree yourself) and not know how to safely use and ax or a chainsaw?
Knowledge is power, Become Superman!

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1 thought on “Skillsets…….”

  1. I am a machinist. I work with wood. I like power tools – mills, lathes, manual and Computer controlled equipment.

    All that being said, I buy old world hand tools and learn to sharpen and use them. If you don’t have AC at the outlet, without knowing how to make what you need with what you have on hand, you could be in a seriously uncomfortable or potentially fatal position.

    Besides the fact that we count on power and its “available when I flip the switch” mentality, there is also that quality called ‘persistence’ that you learn as you make things over again, since you KNOW you can do better. Taking the time to learn skills NOW will make you more resourceful in the future. Maybe, as mentioned, you won’t be building a house from scratch. BUT, if you know how to use a saw, hammer, nails, square, and a level, with some basic drawings in a book you can build a decent, STURDY, servicable shelter in a day out of some 2×4’s, sheets of plywood, and a couple hinges.

    As mentioned, the more skills you have, and the more DIVERSE the skills you acquire, the better equipped you will be to survive whatever happens.

    No single person will be able to do EVERYTHING. That is why we work in groups, companies, towns and cities, where different people have different skills. But being able to work anywhere, assist with anything, knowing how to use tools, everything makes you more valuable, too.


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