Blacksmithing, Welding, Prepping, Winter Is Coming
Wow! What an incredibly busy last couple of weeks! This is the busiest I’ve been since I started prepping a few years ago.
It all started when my supply space became an issue. Rather than just move stuff around and make room piece meal, I decided to spend the time and make some major changes. Whilst doing that, my oldest son became a little interested in what I was doing. I’ve been trying for ages to get him interested in prepping, but I guess like a lot of people, his attitude was “What’s in it for me?”. Yeah, I know, you’d have thought that quite obvious. But I digress.
He mentioned that my newly created supply space would be a good place to set up a small blacksmithing area. Say what?!! First I’d heard he was interested in blacksmithing! Of course my ears perked up for several reasons; my prepping mind saw the obvious and my father mind saw some hope of getting him away from his computer. Then he mentioned he was interested in welding! Again, Say What?! First I’d heard!
You see, my son went to Art College and hasn’t been able to find a job. Yeah, shocker, right? So now he tells me he wanted to do metal working as part of his art but the college only gave them a small introduction to the art form.
Well, being the good father I am, and seeing a great way to add to our prepping skills, I set to work getting him set up. I arranged for some welding training and he loved it. Next, I researched into setting up a backyard forge and we began setting up a blacksmith area in the garage for him. We’ve also begun sourcing and acquiring all the materials needed. We’re re-purposing what we can here and buying the rest.
At the same time I’ve still been prepping and managed to get a great deal on this 50 liter, 72 hour bug out bag for £18 with free delivery! That’s about $22!
So, I’ve been too busy to post the last few days but hope to be back as soon as possible.
As a final thought, I’ve read here and there that this might be a particularly bad winter. I think I hear that every winter. For what it’s worth, there is a large tidal basin in my town that is the winter home to around 70,000 geese. They usually start arriving about the middle of August. This year they began arriving the 31st of July!
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