Hello; My Name is Sollomyn

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    Thanks for having me aboard; I'm interested in bushcraft because I'm also interested in witchcraft haha. The two are actually more closely related than most may think; lot of misconceptions about the Craft. I'm headed into the Rocky Mountains for a year and a day in the near future, and I need to know how to make all my own tools and clothing. I'm good on wilderness survival in general, but I don't just want to survive; I want to thrive, and eventually make a homestead where everything was made by my own hands, imbued with my blood sweat and tears. Magick tools in particular are much more powerful when they're crafted by the witch themselves using only natural materials; way too many I feel just buy a kit online and call themselves a witch and it annoys me lol; it's too far removed from the Tradition; too impersonal and detached.

    Probably my biggest interest right now is learning how to blacksmith in the wilderness using primitive tools; stone, bone, and wooden tools.
     
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    Welcome from Maryland! If you are interested in blacksmithing in the wild do you plan on finding ore, etc?
     
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    hello,
    @Sollomyn Welcome to the BCUSA forum :)
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    Thanks for the warm welcomes. =D


    Indeed; learning how to go about finding it though is still on my to-do list though; I wouldn't feel right about just finding a mine and digging around in there for leftovers lol. I know meteorites have a lot of iron in them, and perhaps volcanoes would have some, but I'm not entirely sure. I'd probably have to find copper or bronze first as stone/bone/wood tools probably wouldn't be durable enough to forge iron. Gold could be another option; and it at least comes in pure nugs that don't have to be smelted first, the only problems though would be, obviously, it's a lot harder to find than a lot of other metals, and I'm also not sure how durable a gold hammer would be for example; if I understand correctly gold is pretty malleable, so extended use of any tools made from it would probably get destroyed before too long; unless gold can be strengthened the same way iron and steel can be by repeatedly folding it in on itself.

    Before finding ore though, I'd need to learn how to work with clay in order to make a kiln; animal hide and wood could be used to make a bloomery (I think that's what it's called) to heat up the coals in the kiln to make the fire hot enough to start melting iron. I'd need tongs then to grab the ore out of the kiln and set it down on a large flat-ish boulder to start hammering away at it with a big round rock. Molten flakes and shards would be flying around, so I'd have to be sure to also make some safety gear beforehand by making multi-layered leather garments, and a hood with small slits; enough for me to see what I'm doing but small enough that it'll protect at least most of my eyeballs from any shrapnel; similiar to the snow goggles the Eskimos would make.

    The tongs would probably have to be made out of hard wood at first; they'll burn/smolder a lot more slowly than softer woods, which would probably just burst into flames. Even still, I'd probably have to have multiple sets of hard wood tongs to replace the ones that start getting burned too thin for comfort.

    Once I finally forge some iron blacksmithing tools, the whole process should be a lot smoother, and when I finally forge a knife, life in the wilderness will be like a thousand times easier LOL. Then I can really start forming a homestead; a spinning wheel would also be one of the first things on my list to make; that'll make the creating of clothing from cotton and the lax plant a thousand times easier as well.

    Gardening and bug farming are going to be my primary source of food; ounce for ounce insects are a lot more nutritious than livestock; a lot easier to prepare to than hunting, killing, skinning, butchering, and packaging large game animals while battling all the insects fighting for a piece at the same time....I want to do that as little as humanly possible lmao. That just sounds like a really miserable experience. With only primitive tools to pull it all off to boot hahaha. Yeah. I'd rather just eat the bugs. They're far more plentiful too; it's possible to hunt small and large game animals out of existence in an area; they probably start learning to stay the hell away from there hahaha. But bugs? They're literally everywhere except for maybe Chernnobyl lol. And they're able to be acquired much more quietly and stealthily than big game animals, with much less impact on the environment. :)
     
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    Lol, here in Montana we have Berkley Pit; it's severely polluted; fish and birds die there lol. Why? Well story goes there's an underground mine that got flooded, making all the water in berkley pit contaminated with hard metals and other toxic substances. One dude mined copper right out of the water. It's that bad lmao. I don't think I'd want to camp anywhere near there; it's a huge environmental hazard; the waters are rising and if they continue to do so it'll contaminate all the groundwater in the surrounding area; efforts are still being made to keep draining the pit back a bit to slow the rise. Fortunately it's hundreds of miles away from me if I recall correctly; I'm in Kalispell, Montana. :)
     
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    Thanks everyone; blessed be! :)

    ( "Merry Meet!" is usually the greeting; "Blessed Be!" is usually the departure haha. No worries; maybe should've clarified that earlier haha. Didn't even think of it lol. )
     
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    Welcome, I would start with the basic stuff that you need. Trying to Minecraft it from the beginning and harvesting your own ore, seems a waste of time. You can salvage pieces of iron almost anywhere. RR spikes are free...
     
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    Greetings @Sollomyn,

    Welcome back to the forum from across the pond, West Sussex, UK. :)

    Regards,

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    Thanks guys; and yeah, blacksmithing is probably going to be the last step; whole bunch of other stuff needs to be done before that; once I've gotten set up and am living comfortably is when I can start thinking about mining, smelting and blacksmithing.

    And no; I really don't want to salvage existing metal of any kind; spiritual reasons. I know it would be a lot easier to just take some scrap metal from a dump site or something, but that would defeat the purpose for me; it wouldn't be as special. :)
     
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    Welcome from the farm fields of Poland.
    Your plan sure sounds amazing.
    Long ago I dreamed of doing something similar. ...
    I had read so much Jack London that I wanted to live the lifestyle. So I sent away to the Canadian government (I was born in Canada) for a land grant.
    It was pretty simple really. .. free land in the near north.
    Anyway, life got in the way and I found adventure elsewhere.
    But I often think fondly of that little piece of nowhere that was almost mine....
    Good luck with your journey and I hope you keep us updated.
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    Thanks everyone! Happy to be here; the people are awesome. :)

    @Beach Hiker : Will do; I won't be bringing any electronics with me to keep in touch with people, but I will be keeping a record of things; probably on clay tablets at first until I can make some paper, glue, and get some animal hide for a cover, and create some pigment, then use animal hairs to form a paint brush.

    That'll probably be my first Wiccan tool I make, "The Book of Shadows" (a witch's spellbook/journal/log of events); it's gonna be quite a work of art when it's finished; and truly one of a kind. I'll probably end up making a few of them though to help keep the information in them more organized; one being primarily a spellbook/dream journal, one being just a journal for random ponderings, and one that'll serve as a more straight-forward survival log of my progress, things that went wrong or that I could've done better, etc. And probably a fourth book for drawings and artwork. After returning home I can start putting the books online; while I'm out there though I'd rather not talk with anyone other than plants, animals, gods and goddesses...or myself of course lol. Big motivation for the quest is that I've been feeling pretty oppressed by all the noise and electrical buzzing of civilization; all the people and chaos and violence. Just wanna run away from it all and be alone for a while lol. (Relatively alone anyway; I'll still have company, just not the human kind lol)....unless an unsuspecting family of remote hikers happen to stumble upon me dancing naked around a bonfire speaking latin while waving a sword around.....lol, I almost hope that happens just to see the looks on their faces; that'd be hilarious. XD
     
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    Might still stay in contact with my mother, but I'd want to do it the old fashioned way via courier pigeon lol. A pretty simple technique actually; I used to think it wouldn't be reliable until I actually looked into how they did that haha.
     
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    Lots of knowledgeable blacksmiths here. You'll find ton of info and people willing to share their knowledge. Welcome from Iowa!
     
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    Welcome. I must admit to some skepticism regarding your plans to make everything from scratch. Have you read Walden by Thoreau? He had similar goals but I noted he made regular forays into town to beg for the detritus of the local civilization from which to make everything himself. I saw a conflict in this logic. I would also suggest you google “Primative Ways” for inspiration and guidance.
     
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    You have to let us know.
    When you're set up.... I'm coming to visit!
     
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    @CSM1970 I'm admittedly a little skeptical of my plans to make everything from scratch myself as well lol; quite a daunting task for one person to evolve through the stone age to the bronze age to the iron age within a year without assistance from the modern age lol. Need to learn a lot of stuff before setting out; recently ordered a couple books; "Flintknapping: Making and Understanding Stone Tools" by John C Whittaker, and "Making Native American Hunting, Fighting, and Survival Tools: The Complete Guide To Making And Using Traditional Tools" by Monte Burch; I have yet to read "Walden" by Henry Thoreau though. "The SAS Survival Guide" by John Wiseman has been my primary source of information on just the basics; has an extensive section on food in regards to edible plants and insects, as well as plants and insects that are poisonous, complete with colored illustrations. Also really like the camp craft section too; making shelters, chairs, beds and other furniture; big morale boosters right there haha.
     
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    @Beach Hiker: Will do on the first part haha, but you might have to wait until the last day to visit; really looking forward to the isolation lol. Plus the last day would probably be the coolest day to visit anyway; everything should be finished by then. Still gonna be a while though before I'm confident enough in my ability to accomplish it. :)
     
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