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Title: What Skills are You Working On? Bonus - List The Top 5 Skills You Want to Learn
Post by: Amator on August 29, 2010, 01:43:02 PM
So many skills...so little time.  Okay, the quote is for books, but it still applies! ;)  I thought it would be fun to discuss what skills we're currently learning and what our top 5 most desired skills to learn in the future are. 

I hate my office job and while I'm figuring out my passion I decided it would be a good idea to go through a skilled trade program to provide a better job and give me a valuable skill while I figure out what I want to do for the rest of my life.  I chose Machine Tool Technology, and right now I'm enrolled in three classes (Machine Tool Theory, Machine Tool Practice, and Blueprint Reading for the Machine Trades) that meet four nights a week.  So far we've ground a turning tool and a threading tool for lathe use, used a hydraulic bandsaw to cut barstock to size, and we're now using a metal lathe to machine a 1.5" diameter 6" long piece of steel to where it's .375" threaded on one side and .5" threaded on the other.  I've always worked in an office or retail job and was never particularly handy, so it's slower going for me than for most of the other guys, but I'm picking it up and I really enjoy the work so far.  Can't wait to learn the mill and drill press.  I had never even used a grinder before this if you can believe it.

My top 5 skills to learn that aren't affiliated with my machining program:
1. Home construction/framing - We will sell our house in about 2-3 years and hopefully buy some land and by then I'd like to have volunteered with Habitat for Humanity and have built up a lot of the skills I need to put up a small cabin.
2. Animal Husbandry - I'd also like to raise pasture-based livestock similar to what Joel Salatin is doing.
3. Basic Auto Repair and Restoration - I'd love to be able to get a wrecked Jeep or truck and bring it back to prime.
4. Acoustic Guitar - I love me some fireside music.  I have a decent voice, but can't play a stringed instrument yet.
5. Sewing - I want to make my own backapcking gear and a shirt out of a wool blanket.

I could go on and on with other skills I'd like to learn, but this is enough for now. 

Title: Re: What Skills are You Working On? Bonus - List The Top 5 Skills You Want to Learn
Post by: ladieu on August 29, 2010, 04:15:52 PM
Here are my top 5

Title: Re: What Skills are You Working On? Bonus - List The Top 5 Skills You Want to Learn
Post by: ladieu on August 29, 2010, 04:16:39 PM
+1

p.s. I love this topic and hope it gets many replies
Title: Re: What Skills are You Working On? Bonus - List The Top 5 Skills You Want to Learn
Post by: Amator on August 29, 2010, 05:23:25 PM
Here are my top 5

  • Bicycle Repair
  • Auto Repair
  • Digital SLR mastery
  • Plant Identification
  • Beer/Wine making

I definitely want to learn Plant Identification too.  One of these days maybe I'll see if I can find an Expert and get a plant walk going. 

Beer/Wine/Mead making is a lot of fun and even if your recipe doesn't turn out perfect it's pretty good.  Usually.  If there's a homebrew store in your area, they'll probably have classes.

Oh, and I checked out DebtMD this morning before I even wrote this thread.  I'll be referring more people that way. 
Title: Re: What Skills are You Working On? Bonus - List The Top 5 Skills You Want to Learn
Post by: Darkwinter on August 29, 2010, 05:43:37 PM
Plant Identification / Wild Edibles is my top priority this year
     - I have taken a few classes and have identified 95% of the plants in my back yard.
     - Along with identification, I want to learn both medicinal and edible aspects of plants.
Canning/Jellies.
     - I have started making and canning Jelly.  I started with grape juice and now I have been making black raspberry jam and jelly with this years harvest.
     - Next year I will be doing canning of tomatoes and green beans as long as the harvest comes in good.
First Aid/ CPR / General medical
     - I have been learning to sucture from my father in law who is a surgeon.  I have also taken a general first aid course from ARC.
     - I am taking CPR and more first aid from ARC
     - I have signed up to volunteer with Medical Reserve Corps.  And although I have no medical background I will be doing clerical things and hopefully can learn some things.
Crocheting/knitting
     - Last year, with the help of SIS Wolf and the lady surviors, I learned to crochet.  Just simple things. I am going to work on that this fall and learn to make something with a little more utility than a scarf.
Tanning leather/working with hides
     - Want to learn how to work with hides
Title: Re: What Skills are You Working On? Bonus - List The Top 5 Skills You Want to Learn
Post by: KYdoomer on August 29, 2010, 05:44:27 PM
So many skills...so little time.  Okay, the quote is for books, but it still applies! ;)  I thought it would be fun to discuss what skills we're currently learning and what our top 5 most desired skills to learn in the future are. 

I hate my office job and while I'm figuring out my passion I decided it would be a good idea to go through a skilled trade program to provide a better job and give me a valuable skill while I figure out what I want to do for the rest of my life.  I chose Machine Tool Technology, and right now I'm enrolled in three classes (Machine Tool Theory, Machine Tool Practice, and Blueprint Reading for the Machine Trades) that meet four nights a week.  So far we've ground a turning tool and a threading tool for lathe use, used a hydraulic bandsaw to cut barstock to size, and we're now using a metal lathe to machine a 1.5" diameter 6" long piece of steel to where it's .375" threaded on one side and .5" threaded on the other.  I've always worked in an office or retail job and was never particularly handy, so it's slower going for me than for most of the other guys, but I'm picking it up and I really enjoy the work so far.  Can't wait to learn the mill and drill press.  I had never even used a grinder before this if you can believe it.

My top 5 skills to learn that aren't affiliated with my machining program:
1. Home construction/framing - We will sell our house in about 2-3 years and hopefully buy some land and by then I'd like to have volunteered with Habitat for Humanity and have built up a lot of the skills I need to put up a small cabin.
2. Animal Husbandry - I'd also like to raise pasture-based livestock similar to what Joel Salatin is doing.
3. Basic Auto Repair and Restoration - I'd love to be able to get a wrecked Jeep or truck and bring it back to prime.
4. Acoustic Guitar - I love me some fireside music.  I have a decent voice, but can't play a stringed instrument yet.
5. Sewing - I want to make my own backapcking gear and a shirt out of a wool blanket.

I could go on and on with other skills I'd like to learn, but this is enough for now. 



I'd agree...great topic.  

I'm learning your #1 right now. I know a little but have a lot to learn with your #2.  #3 I'd rather jump off a bridge...no seriously I am just no good at it.  #4--I've got a Takamine and love it, now if I could actually learn to play after 15 years of trying.  #5--I hate to admit this but I can sew like a fiend.  Sorry about the self-aggrandizing.  I think you have a great list.

My top 5...

1.  The primitive archery skills.  My first longbow is nearly done.  I'd like to learn how to make arrows and knap flint/glass.
2.  Auto repair again would be great to learn.  You'd think that after working in the auto industry for 16 years I'd be good at some aspect of it.  BTW--You'd love what I'm dealing with now.  Machining aluminum Ford engine block castings.
3.  Cheesemaking.  I've dabbled in it and can make some but I'd like to do it primitive style as well.
4.  Blacksmithing.  The only experience I got in the SCA was coldworking stainless and mild steel.  I'd love to put fire to it.
5.  Reloading.  I know the basics just never bothered to actually try it.

J
Title: Re: What Skills are You Working On? Bonus - List The Top 5 Skills You Want to Learn
Post by: joeinwv on August 29, 2010, 07:05:57 PM
In no particular order:

flint knapping, kydex sheath / holster making, wood carving, traditional archery, bush craft shelter construction

Title: Re: What Skills are You Working On? Bonus - List The Top 5 Skills You Want to Learn
Post by: mike77 on August 29, 2010, 07:17:44 PM
Here are my top 5

  • Bicycle Repair
  • Auto Repair
  • Digital SLR mastery
  • Plant Identification
  • Beer/Wine making

If you have an REI nearby, check them out for #1. I've taken a couple of classes there for free or little cost. After one of them they gave all of us this http://www.rei.com/product/731525 (http://www.rei.com/product/731525) repair book for free. Which is another resource I would recommend.

My 5, in no order:
-Learn more about reloading. My uncle taught me a little, but I've forgotten most of it.
-Small engine repair
-Primitive archery. Built a bow at DirtTime, now I need to be able to use it.
-Slingshot. Bought a cheap one to play with, just need to practice now
-Blacksmithing
Title: Re: What Skills are You Working On? Bonus - List The Top 5 Skills You Want to Learn
Post by: Falling_blue on August 29, 2010, 08:08:28 PM
1: Bread making (never been a baker and what would be the point of storing flour if I can't do anything with it)
2: Re-loading (figure its a good time to learn....been saving brass for a while now)
3: Gardening (starting small)
4: Knot tying (know and love some basics but looking into lashings and more advanced knots)
5: Food storage (anything but freezing i.e. dehydrating, canning, smoking)

The first three I am concentrating on....so much to learn.  Gotta take it one step at a time.

Great topic
Title: Re: What Skills are You Working On? Bonus - List The Top 5 Skills You Want to Learn
Post by: ncjeeper on August 29, 2010, 08:39:54 PM
So many skills...so little time.  Okay, the quote is for books, but it still applies! ;)  I thought it would be fun to discuss what skills we're currently learning and what our top 5 most desired skills to learn in the future are. 

I hate my office job and while I'm figuring out my passion I decided it would be a good idea to go through a skilled trade program to provide a better job and give me a valuable skill while I figure out what I want to do for the rest of my life.  I chose Machine Tool Technology, and right now I'm enrolled in three classes (Machine Tool Theory, Machine Tool Practice, and Blueprint Reading for the Machine Trades) that meet four nights a week.  So far we've ground a turning tool and a threading tool for lathe use, used a hydraulic bandsaw to cut barstock to size, and we're now using a metal lathe to machine a 1.5" diameter 6" long piece of steel to where it's .375" threaded on one side and .5" threaded on the other.  I've always worked in an office or retail job and was never particularly handy, so it's slower going for me than for most of the other guys, but I'm picking it up and I really enjoy the work so far.  Can't wait to learn the mill and drill press.  I had never even used a grinder before this if you can believe it.

My top 5 skills to learn that aren't affiliated with my machining program:
1. Home construction/framing - We will sell our house in about 2-3 years and hopefully buy some land and by then I'd like to have volunteered with Habitat for Humanity and have built up a lot of the skills I need to put up a small cabin.
2. Animal Husbandry - I'd also like to raise pasture-based livestock similar to what Joel Salatin is doing.
3. Basic Auto Repair and Restoration - I'd love to be able to get a wrecked Jeep or truck and bring it back to prime.
4. Acoustic Guitar - I love me some fireside music.  I have a decent voice, but can't play a stringed instrument yet.
5. Sewing - I want to make my own backapcking gear and a shirt out of a wool blanket.

I could go on and on with other skills I'd like to learn, but this is enough for now. 


I can help you with #3.
That's what I do on the side. Not necessarily wrecked but old and worn out.
Title: Re: What Skills are You Working On? Bonus - List The Top 5 Skills You Want to Learn
Post by: joeinwv on August 29, 2010, 09:25:46 PM
For those who are looking to get into reloading, I recommend the Lee Anniversary Pack - includes their basic single stage press and "Modern Reloading" book. They have it on their website at $44 for the kit.

The Lee book is written in a conversational tone, which makes it easier to read than a more technical text.

This is a great place to start, because it makes you take your time. Plus, even if you eventually get a progressive press, a spare single stage is always useful.

A decent single stage press and a straight case like 38/357/44 is really a great place to learn how to reload.
Title: Re: What Skills are You Working On? Bonus - List The Top 5 Skills You Want to Learn
Post by: bartsdad on August 29, 2010, 11:50:58 PM
1: Heat treating metal

2: Paint a car. Everything on  a vehicle is very mechanical, but putting on a shiny coat of paint is an art.

3: Smoking meat. Recently got a smoker and really want to take it to the next level.

4: Taping and mudding drywall. Again, more art than science.

Title: Re: What Skills are You Working On? Bonus - List The Top 5 Skills You Want to Learn
Post by: The Wilderness on August 30, 2010, 12:16:34 AM
My top 5. (actually 7)

1)Leather working.

2)Knife sharpening. ( I am a spaz at it)

3)Archery including arrow making.

4)Ham radio- have Tech but need to work on General

5)Dehydrating foods- have an Excalibur and need to learn to use it for more foods.

6)Portable Solar

7)sewing.


This is a great thread.


TW
Title: Re: What Skills are You Working On? Bonus - List The Top 5 Skills You Want to Learn
Post by: SteveandTracyinKY on August 30, 2010, 06:42:19 AM
In no particular order.

Primitive food prep (bread from grains type stuff)
Canning
Auto Repair
Sewing
Knot tying

I Have just enough experience in each to get me into trouble. I can sew up a hole in a T-shirt, but thats about all. My first loaf of bread couldn't be concealed without a license but I have made a batch of pickles.

Just want to master the skills.
Title: Re: What Skills are You Working On? Bonus - List The Top 5 Skills You Want to Learn
Post by: Dawgus on August 30, 2010, 06:58:38 AM
hide tanning
dutch oven cooking (working on that one)
plant and tree identification (more than I know)
rope making
planting my the signs (my grandparents always did this)
basket weaving
simple pottery
carving utensils ( gonna get some pieces of cherry this week and try some)
smoking meats

My list is endless

Title: Re: What Skills are You Working On? Bonus - List The Top 5 Skills You Want to Learn
Post by: Morning Sunshine on August 30, 2010, 07:29:02 AM
sewing
basic car maintenance
basic plumbing and electric
basic construction (ya know, build a wall..... maybe a shed)
cheesemaking for all my family's cheese needs.
Title: Re: What Skills are You Working On? Bonus - List The Top 5 Skills You Want to Learn
Post by: keeper172 on August 30, 2010, 07:56:08 AM
I am working on:

Animal Husbandry (raising chickens, considering getting rabbits and quail)
Food Storage (currently canning, but want to learn and use other methods)


Top 5 Skills I Want To Learn
Basic First Aid
Primitive Archery
Primitive Fire Starting
Purifying Water
Masonry

My list is always changing due to oppportunities that ariase to learn something new.
Great Topic!
Title: Re: What Skills are You Working On? Bonus - List The Top 5 Skills You Want to Learn
Post by: swoods on August 30, 2010, 10:02:46 AM
+1 for this thread, great idea.  Wouldn't it be great to have our meet n greet with our lists and have classes!!!!!!

Five in no particular order:

Use a bow and arrow
Basic engine repair; lawnmower, car, generator etc.
Plant identification
Dress a rabbit/chicken for consumption (or any other critter)
Know what tools to have and how to use them!
Title: Re: What Skills are You Working On? Bonus - List The Top 5 Skills You Want to Learn
Post by: ladieu on August 30, 2010, 12:58:22 PM
I also want to plug bike pittsburgh's freeride project if your in the PGH area it is a great way to learn and give back

http://bike-pgh.org/campaigns/freeride/ (http://bike-pgh.org/campaigns/freeride/)

If you have an REI nearby, check them out for #1. I've taken a couple of classes there for free or little cost. After one of them they gave all of us this http://www.rei.com/product/731525 (http://www.rei.com/product/731525) repair book for free. Which is another resource I would recommend.

My 5, in no order:
-Learn more about reloading. My uncle taught me a little, but I've forgotten most of it.
-Small engine repair
-Primitive archery. Built a bow at DirtTime, now I need to be able to use it.
-Slingshot. Bought a cheap one to play with, just need to practice now
-Blacksmithing

Title: Re: What Skills are You Working On? Bonus - List The Top 5 Skills You Want to Learn
Post by: OKGranny on August 30, 2010, 01:47:44 PM
There's not a lot left that I want to learn how to do. That certainly isn't bragging btw, comes from being incurably nosy and having a Dad that used to always claim his hands were too big to get in that spot in the engine (or what ever) and a DH that claims he's too big to get in the cabinet under the sink (or where ever). Mostly from the nosy part though.

I'd like to learn how to do wood marquetry

I'd like to learn to carve wood, my first attempt was pathetic

I'd like to learn about wild edibles besides the ones that grow in my area

I'd like to learn to be more patient and not expect perfection the first time (patience should be a survival skill imo)
Title: Re: What Skills are You Working On? Bonus - List The Top 5 Skills You Want to Learn
Post by: conservative01 on August 30, 2010, 05:39:46 PM
I have several skills I want to learn but if I had to list the top 5 they would be:

1) Gardening (working on it)
2) Boat building
3) Bowyer
4) Cooking with stored food
5) Food preservation techniques
Title: Re: What Skills are You Working On? Bonus - List The Top 5 Skills You Want to Learn
Post by: mitchrapp on August 31, 2010, 02:08:36 PM
I recently inherited a Singer sewing machine (Model 301) made in the early 1950's, and I was so impressed with the quality of construction, I decided to learn how to sew with it.  Also:
   
2.)  Learning how to use plants for medicinal purposes;
3.)  Learning how to make primitive bows;
4.)  Leather working/stitching;
5.)  Improving my navigational skills;

 
Title: Re: What Skills are You Working On? Bonus - List The Top 5 Skills You Want to Learn
Post by: oley454 on August 31, 2010, 05:28:00 PM
I'm already working on some of these but the whole job thing is really slowing me down.

1. Electrical work, home wiring, solar install etc.
2. Plant Identification
3. Permaculture / Gardening
4. Marksmanship / Firearms knowledge
5. Canning / Storing Food
Title: Re: What Skills are You Working On? Bonus - List The Top 5 Skills You Want to Learn
Post by: mail4heads on August 31, 2010, 07:58:24 PM
The Skills I am working on
1. Gardening - Starting small and will expand next year.
2. Canning - didn't get enough from the garden though.
3. Food Storage - seem to eat it though and not actually store it
4. Raising poultry
5. Baking - Can't get the family to eat it though

Skills I want to learn
1. Basic Auto Maintenance
2. Basic Carpentry
3. Plant and Insect identification
4. Beekeeping
5. Butchering - Mostly seeing if I have the nerve.





Title: Re: What Skills are You Working On? Bonus - List The Top 5 Skills You Want to Learn
Post by: kr66p6r13 on September 11, 2010, 02:25:59 AM
working on
 primitive hunting/trapping techniques
 soap making
 wild edible identification
 disaster management (red event)
 teaching spouse basic survival

want to learn
 advanced medical (trauma)
 automotive repair
 welding/fabrication
 natural medicines
 Spanish language

 
Title: Re: What Skills are You Working On? Bonus - List The Top 5 Skills You Want to Learn
Post by: LJH on September 11, 2010, 09:22:02 AM
This is a great idea for a thread!

My list, in no particular order:

Plant identification  Have begun to learn about the local edibles (abundant!) but need to find a mentor.
Carpentry  Have some rudimentary skills and all the tools, need practice.
Tool/knife sharpening  Getting better at it, always room for improvement.
Basket weaving  Surrounded by a huge variety of raw materials, have plenty of books, need the time.
Small engine repair  Only mildly interested in this one, but feel I should learn it anyway. Have the tools.
Gardening/Permaculture  Been gardening forever, Permaculture noob.
Sewing machine repair  I quilt and sew for a living and do all of the servicing and most of the repairs on my stable of 7 machines - all except for the Janome embroidery machine, which is @#$%ing computerized. But I'd like to take it to the next level, maybe even offer it as another service at some point.

Should learn CPR and other first-responder type things but that stuff simply won't stick in my brain - no interest, no aptitude. Prolly be sorry some day.
Title: Re: What Skills are You Working On? Bonus - List The Top 5 Skills You Want to Learn
Post by: Spamity Calamity on September 11, 2010, 02:16:35 PM
Instead of trying to learn a little bit about a bunch of things. Im only focusing on two skills right now. But these skills I will be very good at because I devote several hours per week to each one. They are:

Electronics (Transistors, Resistors, and Mosfets Oh My!)
Welding (Just Arc welding using 6010 and 7018 rod)

These two skills have the potential to make me very useful. Both in this society, during SHTF, and afterwards. So yay for me.
Title: Re: What Skills are You Working On? Bonus - List The Top 5 Skills You Want to Learn
Post by: rustyknife on September 11, 2010, 06:12:40 PM
Top 5 list;

1)  Primitive hide tanning
2)  Making clothing and shoes from the hides I've tanned
3)  Plant identification for medicinal reasons
4)  Reloading
5)  Winter time survival skills
Title: Re: What Skills are You Working On? Bonus - List The Top 5 Skills You Want to Learn
Post by: Thox Spuddy on September 12, 2010, 09:19:20 AM
1.) wilderness navigation
2.) weather forecasting
3.) amateur archeology
4.) storytelling
5.) listening
Title: Re: What Skills are You Working On? Bonus - List The Top 5 Skills You Want to Learn
Post by: Jackncoke on September 22, 2010, 06:21:48 AM
Top 5 I'm learning:
1. Bow Drill fire Starting
2. Beer making
3. Gardening
4. Parenting
5. Linux

Top 5 I want to learn:
1. Welding
2. Wine Making
3. Stick fighting
4. Become fluent in spanish
5. Hunting
Title: Re: What Skills are You Working On? Bonus - List The Top 5 Skills You Want to Learn
Post by: Sequanti on September 22, 2010, 09:18:11 AM
Working on:

• Marksmanship
• Gardening (attempting it anyway)
• Household repairs (not always by choice)
• Creating multiple income streams
• Getting organized

Want to learn:

• Hunting & fishing
• Plant identification (both for food and medicinal purposes)
• Food preservation
• Reloading
• Wilderness/advanced first aid
Title: Re: What Skills are You Working On? Bonus - List The Top 5 Skills You Want to Learn
Post by: donaldj on September 22, 2010, 12:20:51 PM
Awesome thread!

Accomplished since starting at prepping:


Working on:



What I need to start working on:
Title: Re: What Skills are You Working On? Bonus - List The Top 5 Skills You Want to Learn
Post by: LJH on September 22, 2010, 12:34:53 PM
Donald, degree in what field?
Title: Re: What Skills are You Working On? Bonus - List The Top 5 Skills You Want to Learn
Post by: donaldj on September 22, 2010, 11:28:28 PM
Electrical Engineering.

I have 7 classes left. Plugging away 1 at a time!
Title: Re: What Skills are You Working On? Bonus - List The Top 5 Skills You Want to Learn
Post by: joeinwv on September 24, 2010, 02:10:00 PM
...
carving utensils ( gonna get some pieces of cherry this week and try some)
...

I've been playing with this one for a little bit - first 3 spoons done. Nothing I would post a picture of... yet.
#1 - fail, in the fire pit
#2 - not bad, certainly usable, walls of bowl too thick
#3 - fail, usable but got too thin on bottom of bowl and have a thin spot
First was dry cherry and was hard to work. I have been using green poplar and sycamore since, as that is what I had a few sticks of... looking to improve over the weekend, just got a carving knife and a curved bowl knife - both Mora/Frost- from smoky mountain eknifeworks.com - was under $45 for the pair, shipped.
Title: Re: What Skills are You Working On? Bonus - List The Top 5 Skills You Want to Learn
Post by: Scramblin on September 24, 2010, 10:16:31 PM
Working On:
Want To Learn/Do:

Fantastic Thread -

A full moon tonight.  Perfect time to set you intentions for the next month.
Title: Re: What Skills are You Working On? Bonus - List The Top 5 Skills You Want to Learn
Post by: Matt.T on February 10, 2011, 10:13:57 PM
Want To Learn More (mix of skills and knowledge):
Title: Re: What Skills are You Working On? Bonus - List The Top 5 Skills You Want to Learn
Post by: randizmo18 on March 05, 2011, 02:55:51 PM
Love the thread, great idea.

Current:
1. Genral Bushcraft/ Survival skills
2. Tactical marksmanship
3. Non-verbal communication/ Verbal Judo
4. Land Nav
5. Aikido

Want to start:
1. Kali/ Escrima
2. Learning spanish
3. Plant/ Tree identification for edible and medicinal
4. Tactical and Wilderness trauma medic
5. Repelling

Title: Re: What Skills are You Working On? Bonus - List The Top 5 Skills You Want to Learn
Post by: sheeplady on March 31, 2011, 04:48:03 PM
Not expert ~ just doing the best I can.....

raising livestock~milking
sheep shear~spinning wool~crochet
baking/cooking
basic survival skills
gardening~food perservation

What to learn.....

spanish
wilderness med train
self-defense
plant ID~medicinal herbs
cheese/wine making
Title: Re: What Skills are You Working On? Bonus - List The Top 5 Skills You Want to Learn
Post by: joeinwv on March 31, 2011, 05:13:32 PM
In no particular order:

flint knapping, kydex sheath / holster making, wood carving, traditional archery, bush craft shelter construction



Haven't found a source for flint yet...
Made a leather sheath, no kydex yet...
Wood carving - check, have made spoons, forks, wood spirits, etc
No longbow yet...
Bushcraft shelter practice - yes. 2/5 so far
Title: Re: What Skills are You Working On? Bonus - List The Top 5 Skills You Want to Learn
Post by: mossyback on April 05, 2011, 06:15:55 PM
The top 5 skills that I need to learn are
1. Flint knapping
2. Primitive bow and arrow making
3. Gunsmithing/Gun building
4. Ham Radio
5. Herbalism

I am currently working on flint knapping, and herbalism and I am doing research on primitive bow and arrow making, and gunsmithing and gun building.
Title: Re: What Skills are You Working On? Bonus - List The Top 5 Skills You Want to Learn
Post by: holyokesurvivor on June 10, 2011, 09:55:40 PM
1. Improve my plant ID and uses (I try to learn one or two a week and spend free time researching them. Much more memory retention than doing several at once.)

2. Homebrew  (might save some money in the long haul)

3. Primitive skills (another one I am constantly working to improve)

4. Fishing (never been reel  ;) into it but would love to learn more) sorry that was a horrible pun

5. Meat preservation (salting, curing, smoking, etc. Just finished my first batch of venison biltong and it is AWESOME!!!)
Title: Re: What Skills are You Working On? Bonus - List The Top 5 Skills You Want to Learn
Post by: Mastoo on June 11, 2011, 05:48:52 AM
4: Knot tying (know and love some basics but looking into lashings and more advanced knots)

I stumbled on a nice iPhone app - Knot Guide.  The freebie version was fine, but I liked it enough to splurge the $2.  My tomatoes look much better this year tied up with paracord and fancy knots.  I'm sure it will increase the yield :-)
Title: Re: What Skills are You Working On? Bonus - List The Top 5 Skills You Want to Learn
Post by: Greg1109 on June 11, 2011, 05:26:29 PM
I'd be happy with just two.  Patience and Organization.

The organization alone would help me make/find time to have everything else fall into place.
Title: Re: What Skills are You Working On? Bonus - List The Top 5 Skills You Want to Learn
Post by: bluprint on June 11, 2011, 09:38:24 PM
Learning right now:

General gardening

Hope to learn soon:

Sweating copper pipe

keeping rabbits

aquaponics

solar power

Title: Re: What Skills are You Working On? Bonus - List The Top 5 Skills You Want to Learn
Post by: ZenGunFighter on June 12, 2011, 09:48:23 AM
Skills I'm working on?

1. Leadership. just got elected to be chairman of the local Crime Stoppers. I've been a leader of a number of small groups over the years. This is an incredibly hard skill to do well. Still working on it.
2. Construction. At this moment, I'm taking a break from building a closet for my wife. Built a mortise and tennon bed last week.
3. Gunfighting. Just took 'Urban Rifle' by DTI. Came home and have continued to work on what I learned. Constantly honing the pistol skills too. Not just shooting, but dynamic gunfighting
4. Instructing. Only so much I can do myself, its good to be able to bring others up to speed. Just took DTI's Instructor class. Spent a day learning about teaching women. Been instructing for 25 years, but I'm still working on doing it better and better. My students deserve no less.
5. First/Self Aid. My weakest skill. Been through some basic classes, done some studying, just started incorporating apply aid in with the gunfighting training.
6. Driving. I don't just drive. I've been to EP classes and road racing classes. I 'practice' every time I drive. Situational awareness, thinking a head, looking for outs, picking the line, operating the vehicle smoothly.
7. Fire making. When I grill, I use wood from the yard rather than charcoal briquettes. I use primitive starting methods.
8. Bow making. Learned to make a stick bow last year. Have made several on my own since then. Have a stave curing right now.
9. Communications. this is a weak one. Wife and I got our ham licenses last year, got nice handhelds, but haven't really learned to use them. Need to figure out how to use the repeaters.

Those are some of the skills I'm 'working on'. I have varying levels of ability in them, but even the ones I'm very good at, I'm still working on.

Title: Re: What Skills are You Working On? Bonus - List The Top 5 Skills You Want to Learn
Post by: Veritas on June 12, 2011, 11:34:25 AM
My tomatoes look much better this year tied up with paracord and fancy knots.  I'm sure it will increase the yield :-)

LOL. I can just picture it 8)
Title: Re: What Skills are You Working On? Bonus - List The Top 5 Skills You Want to Learn
Post by: Dymmesdale on July 08, 2011, 05:14:44 PM
My top 5:

1. Beer/wine brewing
2. Bowhunting
3. Gardening/composting
4. Chainmaille jewelry
5. Solar/wind energy
Title: Re: What Skills are You Working On? Bonus - List The Top 5 Skills You Want to Learn
Post by: Westonian on July 08, 2011, 07:56:26 PM
My top 5 in no particular order:

Homebrew
Construction
Gardening
Fermenting Foods
Primitive Skills



Title: Re: What Skills are You Working On? Bonus - List The Top 5 Skills You Want to Learn
Post by: Griz on November 10, 2011, 12:57:31 AM
1) Gardening
2) Knot tying
3) Dehydrating
4) Bushcraft skills
5) Lockpicking

There are many others, but these are what I'm focusing on right now.
Title: Re: What Skills are You Working On? Bonus - List The Top 5 Skills You Want to Learn
Post by: NWBowhunter on November 10, 2011, 06:22:49 AM
Like to learn

Welding
Sailing

Working on

Gardening
Food preservation
 
Title: Re: What Skills are You Working On? Bonus - List The Top 5 Skills You Want to Learn
Post by: Malamute on November 10, 2011, 03:56:29 PM
Great topic.

(1) small but scaleable skill/product that can be done at home for cash income...extra money on the side to start with but get it good enough to where i can quit my city job.  this is by far the top item on the list

(2) simple building techniques that any real adult human should know but which I'm shaky on mainly because i've been too dumb/lazy to develop them and secondarily because nobody ever taught me they could be important.  Pursuant to this I have done some straw bale wall building, plastering, replacing roofing shingles.  I am building a hobo stove right now.  I would like to make small structures as well, this means learning how to make simple sound foundations.

(3)  gardening/home food production.  Everything I said in (2) applies to this as well.
Title: Re: What Skills are You Working On? Bonus - List The Top 5 Skills You Want to Learn
Post by: sailorjerry on December 28, 2011, 07:51:16 AM
1. Fire Starting
2. Archery
3. Black Smithing
4. Hiking/Camping
5. Trapping
Title: Re: What Skills are You Working On? Bonus - List The Top 5 Skills You Want to Learn
Post by: endurance on December 28, 2011, 09:55:22 AM
1)  Permaculture--Currently working on it, taking workshops, reading, and of course experimenting
2)  Herbal and homeopathic medicine--Just learning now what plants to plant, but no clue on what to do or what to go next
3)  Fundimentals of gunsmithing--Don't need to be able to take a billet and transform it into a gun, but would like to be able to fix and upgrade most of what goes wrong most of the time
4)  Ham radio--Just the basics to get licensed
5)  Cooking--Really learning to make the most out of the garden and forest bounty
6)  Food preservation--Mostly need to learn about proper freezer prep (blanching & such) and canning.  I'm already dehydrating a reasonable amount of my garden produce
7)  Coaching/Teaching--A life long skill I continue to try to build on
8)  Being a better husband--One of my greater challenges, but I'm sure trying my hardest
Title: Re: What Skills are You Working On? Bonus - List The Top 5 Skills You Want to Learn
Post by: PistolWhipped on February 13, 2012, 07:42:36 PM
Top 5 working on

1) Knife Fighting
2) Knife Throwing
3) Fitness (ala Backpacking)
4) Primitive Weapon Skills
5) Primitive Survival Skills (such as shelter and fire making)

Top 5 To Learn

1) Trapping and Snares (younger (step)sister's boyfriend is a trapper though, so I'm in luck)
2) Edible Plant Identification (and prep)
3) Herbal Medicine
4) Knot Tying
5) Archery

Next 5

6) Knife making
7) Advanced First Aid
8) Lockpicking
9) Primitive weapon manufacture (Bows, throwing spears, etc)
10) Tracking (besides the very basic)

Top 5 Teaching Skills (I try to teach at least as much as I learn)

1) Cooking & Food Preservation
2) Field Marksmanship and Hunting
3) Basic First Aid
4) H2H fighting (stepsister's BF saw me send a heavy bag weighing more than him flying with an elbow strike, and told me he NEVER wanted to get hit by me)
5) Gunfighting (and avoiding it through intimidation)

And does drinking count as a skill?  One can never be too good at it. :D
Title: Re: What Skills are You Working On? Bonus - List The Top 5 Skills You Want to Learn
Post by: DrJohn on February 14, 2012, 07:47:26 AM
Here are my top five that we are working on:

1. Sustainable Gardening
2. Plant identification / Wild edible foraging
3. Full family marksmanship with rifle, pistol and shotgun
4. Reloading
5. Purchasing property for a BOL/Hunting camp

My top five to learn
1. Ham radio
2. Herbal Medicine
3. Wine / Spirit making
4. Alternate Power (solar, wood gasification)
5. Meat preservation techniques - salting, smoking, jerking, etc

Title: Re: What Skills are You Working On? Bonus - List The Top 5 Skills You Want to Learn
Post by: Adam B. on February 15, 2012, 02:47:26 PM
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ladieu wrote...

Here are my top 5

    Bicycle Repair
    Auto Repair
    Digital SLR mastery
    Plant Identification
    Beer/Wine making

I know we live in the same city (I actually found a programmer interested in potentially developing that site I had emailed you about awhile back btw... once I get some other things out of the way and can devote some time to it).

However, I worked in bike shops from the time I was 16 to when I was done with art school at 20 yrs old and am quite handy with the DLSLR part of the equation if you have questions there.

Plant Identification is something I've become very interested in learning more about myself. Preferably by someone who can show me first-hand LOL not so much by trial and error hahaha... I came across a huge field of blackberries and blueberries one day while camping and had a blast filling containers and started thinking I should make a google map (or another marked up map) of places I find with regularly harvestable goodies that I can visit through my many travels and share with others (don't mind sharing because I know most people are too lazy to do it).

Auto repair would be great since I have so many mechanics in my family. However, I don't have any place to actually DO any real work on my vehicles. When I have a garage someday (and if I can keep it from being filled with bicycles that is) I will definitely be interested in knowing how to tear down and rebuild cars, especially Jeeps.

I have a few friends who make beer. Always seems like a lot of money, time, etc. I have too many hobbies as it is but am also a knowledge junkie.

I honestly should have taken up all the opportunity I had to hunt when I was a kid. My entire family hunts, including the women. but I wasn't one who could sit still and keep my mouth shut for hours on end so my family hated taking me with them. I really want to know how to process a deer well and butcher animals because hey — if god didn't want us to eat the animals he shouldn't have made them taste like meat.
Title: Re: What Skills are You Working On? Bonus - List The Top 5 Skills You Want to Learn
Post by: JohnDoel on November 10, 2012, 03:21:46 AM
Currently working on
Marksmanship
Map + Compass
General and Winter Bushcraft
Knots (I really like the swiss seat)
Bowmaking and Fletching
Fitness

The five I would specifically like to learn right now
Homebuilding (including wiring and plumbing)
Hunting and Tracking
Reloading
Bartering
Lockpicking
Title: Re: What Skills are You Working On? Bonus - List The Top 5 Skills You Want to Learn
Post by: Peregrine on November 10, 2012, 04:14:09 PM
1. Medical
     first aid certification
     CPR certification
2. Gardening
     container gardening
     starting seeds
     saving seed
     semi-automatic irrigation
3. Livestock Management - rabbits
     daily care
     medical care
     breeding
     slaughtering
     butchering
4. Food Storage
     pickling
     high-acid canning
          bonus: pressure canning
5. Auto Maintenance
     oil change
     brake pads
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While this is the order of importance, it's probably not the order that I'll end up learning them. I chose this order because, other than the medical training that may save a life, the rest should end up either saving me money or not costing a lot to learn. Hopefully, then I'll be able to afford the tools that are necessary for doing some of the later ones, like getting a sewing machine for sewing. Some, like refreshing my Spanish or learning Access should be useful as job skills, and I already have the programs, so I'll probably work on them sooner rather than later. I also added my measures of success, so I'll have a way to tell when I've gotten to the level I want to achieve. A few are a bit vague and I'm sure they'll end up changing a bit as I gain more understanding. ;D
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6. Sewing
     jeans
     khaki pants
     t-shirts
     button-up shirts
     underwear
     bras
          bonus: sul backpack
7. Spanish
     Rosetta Stone #1
     Rosetta Stone #2
8. MS Access
     household database
     library database
     prep/skill database
9. Navigation
     reading the land
     orienteering
     geocaching
     pacing
10. Basic Construction (through volunteering for Habitat for Humanity)
     framing
     insulation
     finishing walls
     hanging windows
     hanging doors
     roofing
Title: Re: What Skills are You Working On? Bonus - List The Top 5 Skills You Want to Learn
Post by: spooky-1 on November 10, 2012, 04:53:49 PM
1. I just finished a wine making class (excellent)
2. want tocontinue to weld (just finished a class there too)
3. would love to learn how to make a long bow (local guy know show)
4. want to take gun fighting classes (victory tactical is close by)
5. would love to learn how to fly helos (at a loss here)
Title: Re: What Skills are You Working On? Bonus - List The Top 5 Skills You Want to Learn
Post by: Louisiana Suvivor on November 18, 2012, 06:46:52 PM
i've been on this forum for years and just now found this!? awesome thread and we're bringing it back!

leatherworking (did some basic stuff from kits but wanna use my own leather from hunts)
hunting (to get some good meat and leather for LW. never been but gonna start this year....hopefully)
trapping/snares/gathering(just another way to put some food in my belly)
blacksmithing tool repair (basic forging and reshaping to fix bum tools)
carpentry (once the house is built i'll have a workshop so i'm gonna make all my benches and what-not. then graduate to framing and furniture)
Title: Re: What Skills are You Working On? Bonus - List The Top 5 Skills You Want to Learn
Post by: endurance on November 18, 2012, 07:14:38 PM
In the next year I'm hoping to complete my First Responder.  I was planning on getting my EMT, but I just don't have the time right now with work and my VFD just changed policies so I can get away with First Responder if my primary role is Wildland fire.  I also need to get my S-130/S-190 wildland classes renewed and might look for some other wildland urban interface or incident command classes if I can work them in.

I'm getting back into hiking and backpacking so a lot of my time has been improving my hiking fitness and refreshing my backcountry knowledge regarding the latest advancements and ideas about various pieces of kit.  The ultralight movement has really opened my eyes to how much more can be done with less gear if you're just smarter about the gear you have.  I'm reading Andrew Skurka's book right now and it's a real eye opener.  Some brilliant stuff in there.

I'm continuing to learn from and about permaculture and gardening techniques.  Some of my trees are producing well ahead of schedule (second year) and I really need to learn about pruning so I'll be looking for classes at local nurseries and permaculture clinics in my area.

I'd like to take another combat shooting class, ideally kill two birds with one stone by taking Farnam's Advanced Urban Rifle and Advanced Handgun class.  That said, if they're not offered I'll pick up a class somewhere just to maintain and improve safety and proficiency.

I'd like to learn to be a better husband.  I'm not bad at it, but some days I see a lot of room for improvement.  I need to learn more effective strategies at dealing with conflicts and pick up on some of the more subtle (and less subtle) cues my wife gives me from time to time about my failings in other areas.
Title: Re: What Skills are You Working On? Bonus - List The Top 5 Skills You Want to Learn
Post by: The Professor on November 18, 2012, 08:07:53 PM
Well, this next year brings wonderful(?) new things for me.  I just got approved for a research grant which greatly frees up my time.  I love teaching, but always feel like I'm in a "rut" teaching, basically, the same classes over and over again.  As of the end of this semester, I have at least one year, with a possibility of an additional year, dedicated to working with grad and post-grad students. With the wonderful advent of the interwebs, this means I only have to walk through the faculty area every now and again, make "important" events and fundraisers, and generally make my peers green with envy.  Everyone else I can do the web-cam thing with.

The wife and I are considering a couple areas for deeper preparedness study, as well:

First off, we're evaluating a couple of paramedic courses to get certified.  At the very least, we want to obtain our Wilderness Medical certification.  There's a 2-week course (on-site supplemented with private study) held up in Wyoming that sounds very promising. 

Second, I want to expand my knowledge on antenna-theory for alternate comms.

We both want to re-attend courses at Thunder Ranch, specifically the Home and Vehicle Defense with Trauma Block and Defensive Team Tactics.  We haven't been able to attend much in the way of shooting training for about 3 years, and it shows.  It also helps not only build confidence in your skillset, but in the weapons, as well.

Third, I'm going to be looking into more primitive skills, specifically edible, naturally-found plants in the Rocky Mountain areas.  I haven't looked into it, but I believe that Mel DeWeese still has a school over in Grand Junction, CO that teaches this particular curriculum.

There are several other areas, but I haven't nailed anything specific down.  With my recent knee surgery, I'm going to be spending a lot of time doing some advanced rehab.  I'm aiming to do some of those "Tough Mudders"  or the other "adventure-type" racing events. But, I have about 40 lbs to lose.  I lift weights, but the repeated pounding on my knees from running made it almost impossible for me to do anything like distance running, pre-surgery.  I still dislike running, but wouldn't mind it so much if I'm running from zombies.

The Professor
Title: Re: What Skills are You Working On? Bonus - List The Top 5 Skills You Want to Learn
Post by: yodal on November 18, 2012, 09:53:10 PM
Only 5? Well i guess my top 5 are...

1) Bowyer
2) Welding
3) Canning
4) Tracking
5) Gardening
Title: Re: What Skills are You Working On? Bonus - List The Top 5 Skills You Want to Learn
Post by: robertov416 on November 26, 2012, 09:57:27 AM
Currently working on:
Drywall/mudding
Spanish (Rosetta Stone)
Guitar (chords)

On my list:
re-loading
trapping
Ham Radio license
Archery

Several other secondary ones.
Title: Re: What Skills are You Working On? Bonus - List The Top 5 Skills You Want to Learn
Post by: Ash Blue on January 08, 2013, 04:44:17 AM
No particular order:

1 - Learning a variety of knots.
2 - Learning about all the edible plants growing wild in England.
3 - Learning about CCRPP (Conduction, Convection, Radiation, Respiration and Perspiration)
4 - Learning self defense techniques.
5 - Learning natural water sources and purification methods.
Title: Re: What Skills are You Working On? Bonus - List The Top 5 Skills You Want to Learn
Post by: Maus on June 17, 2013, 09:55:58 AM
1. First Aid/CPR
2. Swimming (I can manage small distances.  Drop me in the middle of a lake and I'd be screwt.  Which brings me to:
3. Fitness
4. Marksmanship
5. Ham Radio