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If SHTF and the world went to pot, having skills will definitely help you out in the world of barter and survival. Blacksmithing is one of the oldest still used skill s there is and it’s sad to say that not many of us actually know how to do it.
All you need is a forge, a hammer, and something flat and heavy to hammer your metal. This tutorial over at popular-mechanics shows you how to build a forge from items you may have lying around or could easily find on Craigslist for cheap.
They also show you how to fire the coal and have some basic metal skills you will need to know like bending, twisting, upsetting, flattening, and choosing the right steel.
Remember this will be a very valuable skill to know for a barter trade world. With blacksmithing knowledge, you could make weapons and fix metal for people that may have food and water.
Bonus: How To Grow a Backyard Supermarket
Having a backyard supermarket will allow you to grow pork and beef, chicken, organic eggs, non-GMO fresh fruits and veggies, including all the essential components you need to make your food staples, desserts, and even drinks.
If you are willing to put in a little elbow grease, this isn't too good to be true. The good news is that some of this can be automated.
Our great-grandfathers and great-grandmothers did this every single day. It's called "homesteading", and it can help you save money on food, furniture, tools, clothes, and much more!
This is as self-sufficient as it gets. Watch this eye-opening video to learn more:
Homesteading will take you back to the roots of your ancestors. It's not only a healthy, stress-reducing pursuit, it's a lifestyle.