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Visions of the Rewilding Renaissance / Tribe of Badass Warrior Women?
« on: December 02, 2011, 11:02:14 AM »

Apparently a group of Ukrainian women living in the mountains and kicking ass:

In the Ukraine, a country where females are victims of sexual trafficking and gender oppression, a new tribe of empowered women is emerging. Calling themselves the “Asgarda”, the women seek complete autonomy from men. Residing in the Carpathian Mountains, the tribe is comprised of 150 women of varying ages, primarily students, led by 30 year-old Katerina Tarnouska. Reviving the tribal traditions of the Scythian Amazons of ancient Greek mythology, the Asgarda train in martial arts, taught by former Soviet karate master, Volodymyr Stepanovytch, and learn life skills and sciences in order to become ideal women.

REWILD FORUM / profile pics
« on: November 14, 2011, 01:00:05 PM »
I was just trying to upload a new pic for the site, and it seems to not be working for me.  Does the new format require certain sizes or ratios?

Visions of the Rewilding Renaissance / Challenges?
« on: November 12, 2011, 03:03:08 PM »
Hey, I was just looking at the challenges I know some of you had been doing, and then realized there haven't been any since August (I think).  I'd like to keep those going, and maybe they can provide inspiration for what people can do at their rewild camps for workshops and tutorials.

Rewild Camps, Events & Meet-ups / Ready for the zombie apocalypse?
« on: October 16, 2011, 08:22:13 PM »
Hey everyone,

I wanted to mention this class I'll be teaching in CT soon.  It's a crash course in long term survival, disaster preparedness, and self-sufficiency, with a bit of afterculture and wilderness skills thrown in.  Since it's the Halloween season, we're calling it a Zombie Apocalypse Survival course. :)


We're all worried about undead hordes driving us from our homes.  Just this year the Center for Disease Control suggested that everyone keep an emergency bag ready in case you need to flee the zombies, or, you know, if a hurricane floods out your street.

Emergencies and disasters happen all the time, and they don't all have to be the end of the world as we know it to be the end of your world.  Between economic downturns, hurricanes like Irene, tornadoes, earthquakes, and just everyday emergencies like job loss, car accidents and breakdowns, and the occasional undead cannibal, everybody benefits from being prepared.  Knowing skills and how to prepare supplies can even save you money, rather than be a financial drain.

Wilderness skills and survival instructor Daniel Quiray has been learning the ins and outs of survival skills and emergency preparation for over a decade, and combines his skills and knowledge of short and long term survival, preparedness, sustainable living, self-sufficiency, and afterculture to create a system that will allow you to live a resilient life and be capable of weathering emergencies up to and including the zombie apocalypse.

Misc. / Knife Handling Technique
« on: April 24, 2011, 01:25:47 PM »
One thing that I've learned working with kids is that having proper technique for handling knives makes a world of difference in a lot of the traditional skills we teach them.  Most adults don't even necessarily use their knives effeciently or with maximum control, and for the most part it seems wilderness skills and survival guides don't go over it much.  So here's a couple tips to get the thread started.

Positioned with one knee on the ground and one up, an easy way to shave down a small to medium piece of wood is to hold the spine of the knife to your knee to stabilize it, holding the knife in your dominant hand, and the drawing the piece of wood backwards across the blade to cut.

Again while on one knee, you can cut into a piece of wood, say while making a feather stick, by keeping your dominant arm straight, knife at a right angle to your arm in your hand, and use your upper body weight to drive the blade down.  It gives superb control.

Anyone else got some good tips?  I can come up with a few more.

Transition Tech / Firearms Care
« on: March 05, 2011, 04:57:03 PM »
Plenty of us have talked about using firearms to hunt and protect ourselves in our rewilding journeys, so I think it reasons that we understand how to keep them in working condition as long as possible.  They won't be around forever, but they might make transition easier.  Since I started here years ago, I've become a bit of a "gun guy".  Okay, not really, but I now own a few and know how to take care of them and such.  This might be more important as the collapse unfolds, since you eventually won't be able to just mosey into a big box store and buy some fancy cleaning kits.

If you own firearms, the first thing to do is make sure you know how to disassemble it for cleaning.  Most of the time this can be found in the manual, but if it isn't or you didn't get one, you can usually find guides online.  If you're using firearms with detachable magazines, the same goes for them.  Most have a button or something that allows a piece to slide out, so you can clean and lube the spring.

Fernando Aguirre wrote about taking care of his firearms after the economic collapse in Argentina a decade ago.  His advice built on the usual stuff: clean off any rust, make sure all the parts are lubed, clean the barrel out as soon as possible after shooting, etc.  He added the practical advice of everyday stuff that can be used in place of high priced lubes and solvents.  This is pretty obvious: motor oil makes great gun lube, and solvents like kerosene are great for cleaning out residue and taking off rust.  Cotton rags are perfectly good for cleaning.

Another great example I think we should pay attention to is the Bourgainville Resistance Army.  In the movie "Coconut Revolution", which was about their struggle for sovereignty as a colonized indigenous group, we see that they cleaned and lubed their captured and improvised weapons with coconut oil.  I know some people who use muzzleloaders prefer tallow to anything else.  So it seems natural oils work just fine.  It might be best to use saturated fats, I'm not sure if it makes a difference.  I know saturated fats tend to have lower smoking points, so maybe that makes a difference.  I'll try olive oil sometime and let you know if it gums up or anything.

Flora Food & Medicine / MOVED: composting
« on: March 05, 2011, 04:13:02 PM »
This topic has been moved to the Land board, because I couldn't figure out a better one.


Rewild Camps, Events & Meet-ups / Rewild Camp New England!
« on: March 31, 2009, 11:59:04 PM »
Okay, since nobody in New England seems to want to commit to a time or give much input for a Rewild Camp, I'm just going to start planning it now myself.

Rewild Camp New England 2009 will be some weekend in late May or June, and will be held at wherever we can find a good place to camp undisturbed for a weekend.  Specifics will come later.

Music, Art & Creativity / Advertising photo request
« on: March 25, 2009, 10:16:49 PM »
Hey everyone,

I've been cranking the propaganda advertisement mill pretty hard lately, making ideas for fliers and posters for Rewild New England, since I get a discount at my parents print shop.  I'll be sharing all the designs so people can just put on their own information.  Ripping off the name of an old thread here, one of the designs I'm working on will say "Girls Gone Rewild", and I'll imitate the Girls Gone Wild style.  What I need is some images of women going things associated with rewilding.  Do any of the women on this site have any good pictures of them doing something primitive that they wouldn't mind going on a flier?  Anyone shooting a bow or starting a fire or anything like that would be great.

Transition Tech / Ceramics for transition tech?
« on: March 16, 2009, 11:34:11 PM »
When I was pondering the possibility of making fired ceramic arrowheads the other day, the thought occurred to me that natural ceramics might be able to be used to create tools and technologies not generally considered to be "Stone Age".  Intricate parts might be able to be made from clay by skilled craftspeople, and clay would probably be usable as a material for making pipes for some plumbing and stuff.  I know some water filters are now being made with ceramic filtration elements, a process that sounds easy enough.  Obviously it has its limitations like any material, and different types of clay have different properties.

I'm mostly excited about the prospect of using fired (and maybe glazed) ceramic pipes for plumbing, and perhaps being able to make some parts of an air-powered hunting rifle out of particularly tough ceramics.  I bet we can come up with some great and inventive ways to use clay.

Fauna Food / Making Biltong
« on: March 16, 2009, 06:56:39 PM »
Sounds like a really good way to preserve meat: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/398671

Land / Heirloom seed website
« on: February 24, 2009, 12:49:52 AM »

This site has some great looking heirlooms for the garden.  So, go out and garden!

They even have some regional wildflower mixes, which I'm thinking will be good to mix into seedballs.



So, the guy can't seem to adequately string together related sentences, design a webpage that makes all of my visual sensibilities scream, and is probably a complete nut.  But...

...he did do a good job predicting the recent market crash.  Keep an eye out.

Grief & Praise / Manners
« on: January 16, 2009, 10:55:13 PM »
After posting my rant about airlines killing birds in a few other places, I feel compelled to praise the atmosphere we have here.  I sometimes forget that most people on the internet behave like petulant children, instead of reasonable and mature adults.  Thank you, everyone, and especially the other moderators, for contributing to our forum being a safe place to discuss things.

In related news, I think I'll be avoiding just about every other website in the world from now on.  ;)

Grief & Praise / Murderous Airlines
« on: January 16, 2009, 05:45:56 PM »
I'm pretty fucking pissed right now.  I don't know how well you all follow the news, but I'm guessing most of you have seen or read about the plane that had an emergency landing in the Hudson yesterday.

The television announcers are repeatedly saying that it was so fortunate that nobody died. Fuck that, and fuck them. At least two murders occurred. Not just accidental deaths, but murders! I think serious attention needs to be drawn to the fact that it is definitely, most assuredly murder. It is callous and uncaring murder for the sake of profits and convenience. Many, many cultures define murder as killing that has nothing to do with survival. The Hebrew translations of the Bible say as much. The deaths of these birds, which happens daily and in large numbers, serves to feed nobody, and you can sure as Hel bet that these murdering airline companies don't work to preserve and better fowl habitats. No bellies are being filled with goose meat from these poor creatures tonight, while so many human people starve and eat poisonous filth. This the perfect example of the natural world being ground down in the machines of civilization, in this case quite literally.

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