In recent conversation in my current AO, I realized that I have grown past a hurdle in my life.
We were discussing one of my current projects (the Wind Genny) and the question of what to use as the hub came up. I said, ” I will just cast it and machine it out as needed”. And at that point, I realized: There is not a thing I can’t make if I am only willing to put for a little time and effort. (maybe that statement is broad brushed, but,,,) Heck, even making a lathe or some other machines is completely possible with just the simple methods of casting as a basis.
There are some resources I do not have access to, such as making high powered magnets and the like, but even there, scraps can be used in a pinch if enough can be found in quantity. (Hard Drive magnets come to mind). Making generators is limited only by resource, not FRN’s. (granted, FRN’s are a resource as well, but not as timeless as actual labor or exchange of services/goods. We will see much more Systeme ‘D’ economies in our immediate future, Trust me on that.)
My old saying was “Time Space or Money. The holy trinity of the working man. You always have two, but that third will be elusive.” Lately, that saying has become, Time Space and Imagination, and you are limited by only your lifespan. I know, that no matter what happens in our immediate or long term futures, I will have the ability to adapt and improvise pretty much anything to do most anything. It may not look like a factory made unit, and it may take several runs of trials and errors to get the end product (shush China, I know what you are giggling about) but get there I will.
And that brings a warm glow to my being. Confidence that no matter what the world turns into, I will be able to provide something of value to those around me, and may even have an answer for a problem that is not even close to obvious.
Educate yourselves, as well as prepare in physical and material. The net is a c strong tool to help expand your mind and skill sets. USE IT. Then use what you have learned and become proficient at it. That last is the key. Learning without practice is not going to pull your ass out of the fire.
The links on the sidebar are there for you to start some personal education. I make not a dime off any of those things, I put them there because they are sources I use and trust, or they are a gateway to something others will have the ability to expand upon. As I get more links, I will add them. (but only after I have dealt with them and seen if they are practitioners of good customer service.
Back to the shed, gotta turn out a pattern for a hub to cast.
A special thanks to China for an early Christmas present of a book. It opens up possibles where I had been making exceptions.