Message from Mitere in Cascade Front #homesteading-general


2017-09-21 22:49:07 UTC  

https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/359504430569095168/360558091646926849/thumb3_old_mill_waterwheel.jpg

2017-09-21 23:37:47 UTC  

So here's the question. If, as a community, we all specialize in one area (one person is a shepherd, another orchardman, another wheat, etc) we'd be more dependent upon each other, but it'd probably be more efficient than everyone managing a little of everything. Is this a desirable outcome?

2017-09-21 23:39:14 UTC  

sounds good to me

2017-09-21 23:44:26 UTC  

We'd need to know the numbers and specializations of people beforehand, though, that way we're not setting a potato farmer on a mountainside.

2017-09-21 23:50:05 UTC  

Absolutely

2017-09-21 23:50:34 UTC  

Run it like a medieval fiefdom, but without the king -- everyone has a role

2017-09-22 00:14:19 UTC  
2017-09-22 00:14:37 UTC  

I'm so obsessed with these things.. It's really a marvel

2017-09-22 00:21:57 UTC  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yLgvtTQPJTY
most of these points can be applied to goats as well.

2017-09-22 00:27:37 UTC  

their wool

2017-09-22 00:27:38 UTC  

would be nice

2017-09-22 00:28:16 UTC  

yeah, I don't think cotton would be possible in the PNW

2017-09-22 00:30:33 UTC  

And again, wool harvesting and processing is women-friendly work, which is a plus in the long run

2017-09-22 00:31:24 UTC  

Wool if marketed correctly can be sold to people for crafts.

2017-09-22 00:32:34 UTC  

Excellent. We could even make them into crafts ourselves to sell.

2017-09-22 00:32:47 UTC  

Set up weaver shops and what not for the women

2017-09-22 00:32:49 UTC  

could wool possibly be used as natural insulators

2017-09-22 00:32:51 UTC  

for homes?

2017-09-22 00:33:05 UTC  

no, moths eat wool.

2017-09-22 00:33:09 UTC  

if you like fire, i guess

2017-09-22 00:33:58 UTC  

Wool doesn't burn.

2017-09-22 00:34:14 UTC  

Doesn't it rot though?

2017-09-22 00:34:23 UTC  

they also make a fattier milk. This is great for making cheeses.

2017-09-22 00:34:38 UTC  

I've been lied to by my home ec teacher from middle school then

2017-09-22 00:34:40 UTC  

I watched a guy drunkenly fall into a fire before, the only reason he didn't go the ER is because he had a wool jacket on it and it saved his skin. Literally.

2017-09-22 00:35:14 UTC  

Wool is good for fabrics, crafts, etc. It's also naturally more waterproof than many other fabrics, and is flame-resistant.

2017-09-22 00:35:38 UTC  

It'd be good for making water filters

2017-09-22 00:35:39 UTC  

I shouldn't say "Doesn't burn" as pretty much anything will burn, but wool is a protein fiber according to google, which makes it burn very slowly.

2017-09-22 00:36:11 UTC  

@K_Wagner Wool has lanolin that makes it waterproof. the reason wool clothes get wet is because we remove it when we clean wool.

2017-09-22 00:36:12 UTC  

And like Nix said, wool doesn't absorb water like cotton or other materials.

2017-09-22 00:36:15 UTC  

Wool isn't cheap to make. Using it for insulation isn't the first place you want to put it.

2017-09-22 00:36:26 UTC  

There's a reason almost every army in the world at one time issued Wool jackets to their soldiers.

2017-09-22 00:36:52 UTC  

@MKUltra agreed, it's still better used for clothing than insulation

2017-09-22 00:36:53 UTC  

Flame resistant. And no, water filters are better with sand and charcoal. Wool is much better in socks and heavy costs, especially in PNW.

2017-09-22 00:37:05 UTC  

^

2017-09-22 00:37:17 UTC  

coats* stupid autocorrect

2017-09-22 00:37:26 UTC  

Straw would make a better insulator, though you need to change it from time to time to avoid mildew.

2017-09-22 00:37:29 UTC  

Like thatch roofs.

2017-09-22 00:38:06 UTC  

Honestly, snow is its own insulator.

2017-09-22 00:39:10 UTC  

Not to mention the houses should be sturdy to begin with. If you absolutely must have insulation, straw or pine needles work, or shredded bark.

2017-09-22 00:39:43 UTC  

Really though, the best insulation is a well-made house. At least as far as I understand.