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Offline IKN

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Hobbies, a prepper/homesteader perspective
« on: February 15, 2020, 10:36:25 AM »
What hobbies do you have that you have found to benefit your preparations ?

For instance, I have two that I'm finding invaluable.
The first is my small, hobby metal working shop. Having the ability to design and make items that are expensive or unavailable to order/buy.
While it's a fairly expensive hobby to get into, it can and does have the ability to create an income stream doing work for others or making and selling items.
I've also made sure my equipment is able to be powered from a small generator if it becomes necessary.

The other is Open Source Electronics. Platforms such as Arduino, TI MSP Launchpad, and Raspberry Pi along with the multitude of electronic sensors, motion control devices, and many others components allow for the possibility of custom controls, monitoring, or other needs.
Not growing up with computers, I'm still trying to learn code writing, but this has many possible advantages much like my metalworking hobby.

Hunting, fishing, and gardening are 3 other hobbies that come to mind for obvious reasons, but I found myself wondering what other hobbies people had that benefitted their prepper/homesteading life-style ?

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Re: Hobbies, a prepper/homesteader perspective
« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2020, 05:15:37 PM »
Funny, I was going to start a similar thread.

I'm also a fan of electronics.  I have a couple Arduinos, but haven't have the time to play around with them.  But I do make various projects out of Raspberry Pi computers.

Along with this, I just got a 3D printer.  I know that most people make a bunch of decorative junk.  I stick to useful stuff.  I've printed a many cases for various electronics projects.  A bench power supply case that I haven't built yet, but uses an ATx power supply.  Multiple different sized boxes to make Harbor Freight storage boxes more useful for my uses.  A replacement handle for a spatula we use often.  Multiple little bits and pieces to use in the camper.  Lots of parts to make the 3D printer more user friendly and efficient.

So far, the most useful has been a power supply that uses my Ryobi batteries to supply 5V USB or up to 18V via banana plug.

I have yet to get into designing via CAD, but it's just a matter of time before I do that.

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Re: Hobbies, a prepper/homesteader perspective
« Reply #2 on: February 15, 2020, 05:37:03 PM »
I haven't ventured into 3D printing yet. It seems like something I should try eventually for making custom project boxes or other parts.
I'd be interested to hear what type of printer you have and your thoughts on it or others you're familiar with.

I occasionally use the free 2D CAD program from eMachineshop (https://www.emachineshop.com/).
While it's only a simple 2D program, there are a ton of YouTube videos and Tutorials for it. It has a lot of the functionality of 3D programs which would transfer over and did I mention "It's FREE" ! LOL

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Re: Hobbies, a prepper/homesteader perspective
« Reply #3 on: February 15, 2020, 07:18:06 PM »
I haven't ventured into 3D printing yet. It seems like something I should try eventually for making custom project boxes or other parts.
I'd be interested to hear what type of printer you have and your thoughts on it or others you're familiar with.
I have a Creality Ender 3 Pro.  I decided to go with for a couple of reasons.  First, it's inexpensive.  The Ender 3 is likely the best selling 3D printer.  I chose the Pro over the standard is the bottom rail is much bigger, so it's stronger and the Pro has a magnetic print bed.  But the vast majority of parts for the Ender 3 also fits the Pro.

I really don't know much about any others.  I just got this in December.  By numbers, I have printed many more parts for the 3D printer than I've printed for all other purposes combined.


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Re: Hobbies, a prepper/homesteader perspective
« Reply #4 on: February 15, 2020, 10:13:48 PM »
Just to turn it around a bit, how can some hobbies be preparedness related? I'm a fan of watching "Tracks Ahead" about model railroading and restoration of trains. How could that connect with preparedness? I'm not a doer, only a watcher but these people are really, really into it.

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Re: Hobbies, a prepper/homesteader perspective
« Reply #5 on: February 16, 2020, 08:48:05 PM »
Just to turn it around a bit, how can some hobbies be preparedness related? I'm a fan of watching "Tracks Ahead" about model railroading and restoration of trains. How could that connect with preparedness? I'm not a doer, only a watcher but these people are really, really into it.

I believe it's more of a mindset. Another hobby I didn't mention I have is prospecting. While not a direct prepping need, it allows for acquiring untraceable monetary wealth.
I've never seen or heard of "Tracks Ahead", but model railroading could require learning DC electrical circuits and inverters. Skills that could be handy if the need to repair or troubleshoot an inverter type generator.
At first glance, things like hobbies might not appear to be prepper related, but can have skill development that does.

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Re: Hobbies, a prepper/homesteader perspective
« Reply #6 on: February 17, 2020, 08:10:35 AM »
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At first glance, things like hobbies might not appear to be prepper related, but can have skill development that does.

I think you nailed it there. In other words doing a project is mind/hand development. "Hobby" has connotations of stamp collecting, model trains, astronomy etc. But if you substitute "hobby" with "project" it is easier to make a connection with prepping in that involves innovative thinking to accomplish a goal. As an example, I do not have a hobby of making a better mousetrap but I do have a project of making a mousetrap. This involves: 1) Studying my target; mice. 2) developing a strategy. 3) Trial and error.
Of course the University of YouTube is indispensable in research. The takeaway is that I am learning how to deal with a recognized situation that needs my personal ability to think and do.

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Re: Hobbies, a prepper/homesteader perspective
« Reply #7 on: February 17, 2020, 01:29:03 PM »
I think that the core f the question is which of your hobbies would be valuable to a community/group family (say in an economy collpase.)

IKN, i think metal fabrication would be of the most sought after skills, next to a surgeon

As for me:
HAM RAdio & Flashlights (among others)
Beyond the obvious uses and value, they both require off grid power to run, hence you can call me Advanced on such systems.
That means the ability to set up a solar system and the ability to convert one type of electrical current to another (220V to 12V  to USB etc)

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Re: Hobbies, a prepper/homesteader perspective
« Reply #8 on: February 18, 2020, 07:44:28 AM »
Greekman is correct, although skills and/or equipment attained can have function for things other than a major collapse.
For instance, camping and hiking could hone skill sets invaluable if one were to become stranded in the middle of nowhere. Developed skills like making a fire for cooking, warmth, and security until help arrives or learning to navigate cross country using a compass or even without.

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Re: Hobbies, a prepper/homesteader perspective
« Reply #9 on: February 19, 2020, 05:46:05 AM »
I definitely enjoy working with metal too (I have carbide in my screen name, haha). Mostly just cutting it, as I used to be a machinist, and now program cnc mills for my job. But I am honing the welding skills now, working on making stuff for my Jeep. I am very much looking forward to getting my move over with, so I can finally put my manual mill in my shop, then get a decent welder and press brake.

But the move will make us hone a whole new set of skills, animal husbandry. We are getting a decent size of property that has pasture and all the outbuildings needed for some livestock! Except my wife and I have zero experience with that. Luckily we both have friends and family that do, so my next few years will probably be some tough lessons on how to deal with animals that aren't pets.
I am qualifying this as a hobby, since we aren't getting many animals, and are not interested in making money off of them. We would just like to provide our own food and teach our children in the process.

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Re: Hobbies, a prepper/homesteader perspective
« Reply #10 on: February 19, 2020, 08:35:38 AM »
Kudos, my wife and I have a small farm and raise animals as well. It's a rewarding endeavor, but comes with its own cost.
We find it difficult anymore to find responsible people to care for the animals if we decide to travel. Even our kids (grown and out of the house) don't want to do it, yet they still want to enjoy the benefits of having the farmstead to come and play, hunt, etc.
Any idea what type of animals you wish to raise ?

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Re: Hobbies, a prepper/homesteader perspective
« Reply #11 on: February 19, 2020, 12:45:15 PM »
Interesting...as I begin to take this seriously now - I'm beginning to think about hobbies that I can monetize.

However, my entire *life* has basically been my hobby and vice versa.

I've spent more than 20 years in the green industry and work what could be considered a dream job.

Working even harder to leave it because I'm not working for myself...and therefore less free.

But - that's a lifetime of experience that I think I could harness, especially given my current situation.

It's amazing how much financial debt can cripple you, but the freedom from it can open so many doors.

I'm learning this right now and am hoping to turn current hobbies/career into self-employment/freedom.

Then I'll consider finding a new hobby.  Currently, I just need to optimize the current ones!


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Re: Hobbies, a prepper/homesteader perspective
« Reply #12 on: February 20, 2020, 08:47:47 AM »
Kudos, my wife and I have a small farm and raise animals as well. It's a rewarding endeavor, but comes with its own cost.
We find it difficult anymore to find responsible people to care for the animals if we decide to travel. Even our kids (grown and out of the house) don't want to do it, yet they still want to enjoy the benefits of having the farmstead to come and play, hunt, etc.
Any idea what type of animals you wish to raise ?

It sounds like you guys have set up the life that we are working towards. I am really getting excited already for next years hunting season. We get a lot of nice looking bulls and bucks on the property, probably lured in from the fruit trees. And I have plenty of land to shoot there. We're building a shooting range as well.

Care for the critters while on vacation is definitely something we are talking about a lot. We don't go on many vacations, we like to stay around home when I'm not working. But for the 2-3 camping trips we look forward to each year, we will certainly need someone to watch over our animals. I am hoping that just 6 chickens and 2 goats will be a very manageable amount. We have friends local that know more about this stuff than we do, so it wouldn't be much effort for them to check in.

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Re: Hobbies, a prepper/homesteader perspective
« Reply #13 on: February 21, 2020, 09:50:39 AM »
Sounds like you have a plan.
Chickens don't require a lot if free ranged besides predator concerns. Goats would be similar unless they are dairy goats and need milked. That's part of our issue since we have dairy goats and milk them.

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Re: Hobbies, a prepper/homesteader perspective
« Reply #14 on: February 25, 2020, 01:32:17 PM »
What hobbies do you have that you have found to benefit your preparations ?

I've been a strategy gamer for over 40 years, first with figures, then boards, and now computers, and I like to think I'm a bit of a hotshot at strategy, tactics, overall organisation and planning, so I say bring on a post-apoc world survival situation, I can handle it..:)
Below- a 6" trophy I won for topping an online wargame league under my wargaming name 'Poor Old Spike', it sits on its own small table in my living room carefully positioned so that it's the first thing guests see when they arrive, and I can keep steering the conversation towards it during the course of the evening..:)