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Posted by on May 18, 2014 in featured, Freedom, Outside | 6 comments

No Free Rides

No Free Rides

In the mid 80’s they had the chance to purchase a larger farm, so we did and eventually sold the small farm and relocated. Everyone worked. Everyone did their part. The dumbest possible thing you could say around my parents was that you were bored.

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Posted by on Feb 10, 2014 in featured, Log Cabin, Outside, Skills | 1 comment

practicality vs. luxury

practicality vs. luxury

I’ll try to set this up as best I can.  I received an e-mail earlier today from someone with a fairly simple question.  The question was essentially, wouldn’t it be easier and faster to use a starter log to start my fires?  The decrease in time would give me more time to do other things.  So I responded… There’s a couple of points about that. First, would it be easier? Perhaps. But, no it really wouldn’t be any faster. I can generally have a good fire going in less than five minutes. Secondly, taking shortcuts on things like starter bricks/logs (and other things) often have an unintended consequence of making our skills sloppy and we find that on the day when the wood isn’t ideal and we don’t have a starter brick then suddenly starting fire is much more difficult than it would be if we’d stayed in practice. So we find that the path of least resistance isn’t always as beneficial in the long run as we thought....

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